[Columbine]

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Today marks the first anniversary of the nation's worst act of school violence.
On April 20th, 19-99, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris armed with guns and grudges opened fire inside columbine high.

When they were done 15 people including the shooters were dead and a community devastated.
Yesterday, a group of victim's families filed suit against local law enforcement agencies.
They claim authorities ignored early warnings that the teens were violent.
Classes at Columbine High are cancelled today, and a number of events have been planned to remember the victims.
Manuel Gallegus is in Littleton with the latest.
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(((LOCATOR: LITTLETON, CO)
BY MANY ACCOUNTS, THE COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY IS FAR FROM HEALED. FAMILIES OF THE THOSE KILLED OR WOUNDED STILL STRUGGLE WITH THE PAIN OF WHATS HAPPENED TO THEM. AND FIFTEEN LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN FILED ACCUSING THE LOCAL SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT OF MISHANDLING THE SEIGE, AND IGNORING POSSIBLE advance warnings OF the shootings.
AND IN A STRONG SHOCK TO THE COMMUNITY, Lawyers for the family of victim Daniel Rohrbough, who was killed outside the school, contend their son was killed by police, not the gunmen.

SOT Barry Arrington, Rohrbough Family Attny:

Based upon the trajectory of the bullet as based in the autopsy, and based upon the position of his body, the Rohrboughs and the Flemings have alleged that they believe law enforcement fired the fatal bullet.
THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT SAYS THE SUITS ARE WITHOUT MERIT.

SOT: Steve Davis, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman

Were as human as everyone else and to have so much criticism and people critiquing it to the point of some of the allegations made, that hurts anyone thats human.
Classes are canceled for the day as memorial services are planned and officials have designated a statewide moment of silence in honor of the victims. The school itself remains off-limits to the public. MILLIONS HAVE BEEN SPENT TO REPAIR THE CAMPUS THE SIGNS OF STUDENT PRIDE ARE THERE BUT MANY CANT FORGET THEIR LOST FRIENDS.

(SOT, Those two guys took away soo much...)



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[Pulaski-Threat]


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The one year anniversary has triggered a cyber threat that closed Pulaski High School and the Governor's school in Dublin today. Pulaski County Investigators are trying to find the person responsible for the threatening web site.
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Marya Jones is in Dublin this afternoon to update us on their progress.
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[Bomb-Threat]


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A 15-year-old Lynchburg boy will spend the next two months in a detention center for making four bomb threats.
They were called in to Dunbar Middle and E-C Glass High schools last month.

The boy has also been ordered to undergo two months of testing and counseling.[Meningitis]


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Radford University is offering free meningitis vaccinations today for all freshmen.
This comes one day after a third case of meningitis was confirmed.
The 19-year old freshman is in stable condition at a Wise County Hospital.
The previous two meningitis patients are now out of the hospital.
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No new cases have been reported in the N-R-V, but the health department is holding a vaccination today at Radford University.
The college is also mass e-mailing students about how to prevent becoming infected.
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The free vaccination is scheduled from 8:00 until 6:00 today in the Main Lounge of Moffett Hall and the Third Floor Classroom of Muse Hall. No appointment is necessary.

[serial-killer]


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A break through today in the search for a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest.
Police in Spokane, Washington believe they may have solved a string of prostitute killings dating back to the early 19-90's.
A man charged in one murder is now the prime suspect in as many as 17 others.
Neal Karlinsky reports.
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[cuban-boy]


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A new twist in the Elian Gonzalez case -- the boy's Miami relatives say they're ready to bring the child to see his father.
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The decision follows yesterday's appeal's court ruling that state the boy must stay in the U-S while the court considers an asylum hearing for him.
Attorney General Janet Reno says she will respect the court's ruling but wants Elian and his father reunited as soon as possible.
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(( Janet Reno/Attorney General: "The court said we need not decide where or in whose custody the plaintiff should remain while this appeal is pending............"))
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Elian's father has been in the Washington D-C area waiting for a reunion with son for nearly two weeks.
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[XGR-Vetoes]


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Governor Jim Gilmore wanted to help more laid off workers.
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But the General Assembly said NO to his budget amendment.
It would have taken seven million dollars aimed at emergency health insurance for laid off textile workers- but not just here.
That money would have been spread over several more localities-- requiring them to create their own insurance programs.
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((THIS IS IN MY OPINION A FRAUDULENT ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS A REAL ECONOMIC NEED. THEY'RE LOADING THIS THING UP AND MAKING IT SO COMPLICATED THAT IT CANNOT, WILL NOT WORK FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WORKING POOR IN VIRGINIA'S HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AREAS. I HOPE YOU WILL REJECT THESE AMENDMENTS. THEY'RE RIDICULOUS.))
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'M FRANKLY SURPRISED THAT THEY'VE TAKEN SUCH A HARD LINE POSITION...WHEN I WAS TRYING TO BE BROADER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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Lawmakers also over-rode a Gilmore veto in their one day reconvened session.
The bill covered illegal aliens with workers comp insurance.
The Governor says he hates to give them any legal status.
But lawmakers overruled him-- to protect farmers and employers from private lawsuits.
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Some Pittsylvania County supervisors say residents will see a tax increase.
The 95 million dollar budget includes a 28 cent tax hike.
Tax payers gathered for a public meeting in the Educational Cultural Center in Chatham.
Many were there to talk about school funding.
Surae Chinn has more.
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After a quick song and dance before the Pittsylvania County board of supervisors-- it was down to business. Right down to the fundamentals of school funding.
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((CAN YOU FIND EGYPT OR CHINA ON THESE MAPS I NEED MAPS FOR MY CLASSROOM)) [RUNS06]
Many teachers like,Joyce Wright, came here not only to talk about much needed supplies but also the need for more teachers and better salaries.
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((JOYCE WRIGHT/TEACHER FOR 26 YEARS: THE SALARIES ARE NOT COMPETITIVE. IT'S TIME WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. NOTHINGS CHANGED.)) [RUNS:10]
Students also came in support of the school budget.
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((TIMOTHEUS POPE/STUDENT: I'M GOING TO COLLEGE NEXT YEAR AND I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M READY.)) [RUNS:05]
But not everyone agreed how the money would be spent.
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((NANCY SMITH/TAX PAYER: THE EYES OF THE CONCERNED CITIZENS ARE ON THEM. UNNECESSARY SPENDING CAN NO LONGER BE TOLERATED.)) [RUNS:07]
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((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: THE MAJORITY OF THE BOARD SUPPORT THE SCHOOL BUDGET THEY ALSO SAY A REAL ESTATE TAX INCREASE IS ALMOST INEVITABLE BUT THEY DON'T SAY HOW BIG THAT INCREASE WILL BE.))
They have many other expenses included in the 95 million dollar budget besides school funding-- Landfills, enhanced 911 system, and juvenile detention centers.
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((THEY DESERVE BETTER AND I'M IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE BUDGET.)) [RUNS:07] The board will not adopt the budget for at least a week. But many teachers and students anxiously await to find out if they will get what they say is their fair share. Surae Chinn News 7 Pittsylvania county.))
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[Boty-Budget]


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Botetourt County supervisors say the county's revenue has sunk to an all-time low despite the fact the area is attracting new industry.
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They're slicing next year's budget by about eight percent -- and only giving the school board about half as much as it wants. That's still a six percent raise for schools. But board members say they need extra money to open the new Greenfield Elementary School.
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((THE SCHOOLS ARE OVERCROWDED. WE NEED GREENFIELD TO BE OPEN. AND WE NEED TO KEEP THESE TEACHERS WHO ENJOY DOING THEIR JOBS FOR OUR CHILDREN.))
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County supervisors say they've spent money renovating Lord Botetourt High School, and the new industrial park, and they don't want to raise taxes. They plan to adopt the budget next week.
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[Young-Heroes]


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Twelve young heroes have been honored for their extraordinary accomplishments.
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18 year old Kellee Green is among the heroes.
She is being honored for her work with special education students at Hurt Park Elementary School.
Green says she doesn't consider herself a hero -- she's just trying to do the right thing.
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((KELLEE GREEN/YOUNG HERO: SOMETIMES THEY MAY FEEL EMBARRASSED TO ASK QUESTIONS BECAUSE I FELT EMBARRASSED TO ASK QUESTIONS WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND I TOLD THEM THEY CAN ASK ME ANYTHING THEY WANT AND I'LL HELP THEM WITH IT.))
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Others being honored have saved lives and over come adversities like the death of parents or being confined to a wheel chair.
All the young people say you don't have to work at being a hero it comes from the heart.
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[Olympic-anthem]


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Organizers of the Sydney 2-thousand Olympics have launched an official anthem to mark the torch relay for the games.

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The song "Carry the Flame" was written by one of Australia's top rock performers, John Stevens, former lead singer of the band Noiseworks.
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