Two of the girls killed in Tuesday's schoolyard shooting in Arkansas are being laid to rest today.
The three others will be buried tomorrow.
Yesterday students returned to calss for the first time since the attack, no lessons were taught, all outdoor activies were cancelled and fire alarm was disconnected.
The two young suspects in that shooting remain in a juvenile jail.
Arkansas authorities say evidence in the case suggests the attackers were not targeting anybody in particular,
although the possibility has not been ruled out.
The justice department may seek federal charges against the two, to ensure they don't go free before turning 18.
Dave Fehling joins us with an update.
[Live= Dave Fehling Full/Newspath]
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[IN Q=On this previously]
[SUPER=01-Scott Johnson/Mitchell Johnson's Father;]
((ON THIS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED DAY OFF FOR WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, THEY
ARE DOING WHAT CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO DO... PAYING THEIR LAST RESPECTS
TO MURDERED FRIENDS: 12-YEAR OLD PAIGE HERRING...AND 12-YEAR OLD NATALIE
LAST NIGHT-- AT THE WAKE-- THOSE STUDENTS INEVITABLY RELIVED THOSE HORRIFYING
MOMENTS IN THE SCHOOLYARD WHEN MITCHELL JOHNSON AND DREW GOLDEN-- DRESSED IN
CAMOUFLAGE --ALLEGEDLY OPENED FIRE, KILLING FOUR CHILDREN AND A TEACHER.
13-YEAR OLD MITCHELL JOHNSON'S FATHER SAYS THERE IS NO DENYING WHAT HIS SON
SOT: SCOTT JOHNSON/MITCHELL JOHNSON'S FATHER
NO-NO. HE'S GUILTY. AS HARD AS IT IS FOR ME TO SAY THAT-- MY SON IS GUILTY.
I DON'T BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE ANY PLEA BARGAINING WITH THE OTHER CHILD TO
TESTIFY AGAINST MY SON-- AND VICE VERSA FOR THE OTHER. THIS IS A HORRIFIC,
HORRIFIC TRAGEDY THAT NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED.
JOHNSON SAYS THERE IS NO EASY ANSWER AS TO WHY HIS SON AND A FRIEND ALLEGEDLY
STOLE GUNS AND SHOT THEIR CLASSMATES. HIS SON-- HE SAYS-- MAY BE BEGINNING TO
REALIZE THE PAIN HE'S CAUSED...
HE SAID HE WAS SORRY. HE WISHED HE COULD TAKE IT BACK-- IF HE COULD-- HE
WOULD. AT THE TIME THAT THE KIDS WERE DOING THE SHOOTING-- I DON'T BELIEVE
THEY GAVE IT ANY FORETHOUGHT.))
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Violence against women was the issue at hand last night as Virginia Tech students and faculty members took to the streets to take back the night.
Stacey Martin has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Donna Lisker/Virginia Tech Women's Center; :52]
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Safe streets--it was a message marchers repeated over and over again as they protested rape and other violent crimes against women.
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They were inspired by the growing number of battered and abused women and the personal stories from survivors of rape.
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[IN Q=Not only was]
((NOT ONLY WAS I NAKED BUT I WAS FOUND ON TOP OF A FRIEND--A FRIEND THAT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THIS.))
[OUT Q=to do this.]
[SOT 20.09.13 - 20.09.21]
[IN Q=So no longer]
((SO NO LONGER IS HE MY FRIEND; TO ME HE HAS MADE ME A SURVIVOR OF RAPE.))
[OUT Q=survivor of rape.]
But, these survivors weren't alone. The Women's Center at Virginia Tech estimates 30 to 40 women on campus are victims of violence each school year--the most vulnerable being those who are new to campus.
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[IN Q=They're new to]
((DONNA LISKER/VA TECH WOMEN'S CENTER: THEY'RE NEW TO CAMPUS AND EAGER TO FIND A PLACE TO BELONG. THEY MAY ALSO BE NEW TO DRINKING MAY HAVE HAD IT BEFORE BUT NOT IN QUANITITY IT WAS CONTINUED ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.))
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[IN Q=But, violence against]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: BUT, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AFFECTS MORE PEOPLE THAN JUST THOSE ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS AND TO ILLUSTRATE THAT POINT THEY TOOK THEIR MARCH TO THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG. STACEY MARTIN NEWS 7.))
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[TAPE#=98-; pull from 8/20/97 tape # 97-63]
A special prosecutor will determine whether three Virginia Military Institute upperclassmen should face criminal charges for allegedly beating up a freshman cadet.
George Wade Jr. says he and five other freshman were struck with belts and coathangers by upperclassman last fall.
He has since dropped out of V-M-I.
The three seniors he accused were suspended for one semester, but V-M-I officials concluded their actions did not constitute hazing.
Rockbrige County Commonwealth's Attorney Gordon Saunders declined to prosecute the case.
But Circuit Judge George Honts has appointed Buena Vista Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Irvine to take another look.
[TAPE#=98-35, TC 8:40]
Montgomery County residents who oppose a new, high-voltage power line seized the chance last night to speak out.
It was the second of five scheduled public hearings.
Power line opponents once again testified that the line threatens public health, the environment and the economy.
American Electric Power said every independent study that's been conducted has found a need for the massive project.
[IN Q=and again]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: AND AGAIN THIS WEEK IN THE WEST VIRGINIA SIDE OF THIS CASE, EXPERTS SAID THERE'S A NEED, AND THAT INCLUDES THE VIRGINIA SIDE OF THIS PROJECT))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power;]
[OUT Q=side of this project]
[two shot on small tape at 9:40]
One woman said she already had to move her home when a new highway was built in Montgomery County.
She said she doesn't want to go through that again.
[IN Q=this is more]
((JOHANNA JONES/POWER LINE OPPONENT: THIS IS MORE DIFFICULT TO TAKE BECAUSE EVERYTHING I'VE SEEN INDICATES THAT THIS POWER LINE IS NOT NECESSARY))
[SUPER=01-Johanna Jones/Power Line Opponent;]
[OUT Q=not necessary]
The next public hearing is April 14th in Bland County.
Roanoke mayor David Bowers is reportedly considering a campaign for the sixth district seat in Congress.
Contacted this morning, Bowers hinted that he has considered running, but he declined to confirm that he is now lining up support.
Today, a local Democratic official said Bowers has been travelling around the district. City Democratic Chairman Vern Danielson describes Bowers as the party's leading candidate.
Republican Bob Goodlatte was first elected to Congress in 1992.[AMERICAN-KIDNAPPING]
Four Amerians are being held hostage by leftist rebels near Bogota, Colombia.
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The rebels are also holding several other hostages.
The Americans -- three men and one woman -- were on a bird-watching trip when they were kidnapped at a roadblock.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- the nation's largest
rebel group -- is behind the kidnappings.
So far, the rebels haven't issued any ransom demands.
President Clinton's second day in South Africa included a prison tour.
With President Nelson Mandela at his side he toured the prison where Mandela was held for nearly two decades for his fight against apartheid.
Earlier in the Day the two leaders held a joint news conference.
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President Clinton called Mandela an inspiration to people across the world for his method of politics.
CLINTON:THE INPACT HE HAS HAD ON CHILDREN OF THE WORLD WHO SEE GOODNESS AND COURAGE PREVAIL OVER POWER, LUST AND OBSSESSIVE SMALLNESS IN POLITICS.
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However, the two leaders did have their differences.
Mandela defended his ties to Cuba and Libya.
A statement is expected today on behalf of the four Marine aviators facing charges in connection with a fatal cable car accident in Italy.
The officers have been charged with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.
The Marines were flying an E-A-6-B Prowler February third when the jet clipped the cable, sending 20 skiers plunging to their deaths.
A Marine board concluded that the crew broke rules on how fast and how low the plane could fly.
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Bedford County officials are hoping to handle rapid commercial growth without sacrificing the rural beauty of the county.
Residents there got their first look at a new zoning ordinance last night that may help officials achieve that task.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
[IN Q=Even the name]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator; :15]
[SUPER=01-David Tickner/Community Development; :47]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]
(( Even the name is unpleasant.. since 1989, Bedford County has been using LUGS.. or Land Use Guidance System.. to make all of its zoning decisions.
But the lengthy and sometimes confusing process made LUGS unpopular with both residents and developers.
[IN Q=Most people felt]
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: MOST PEOPLE FELT LIKE THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THEY REALLY COULD AND COULDN'T DO WITH THEIR PROPERTY. AND OBVIOUSLY DEVELOPERS AND REAL ESTATE PEOPLE SAID IT'S HARD TO MARKET PROPERTY WHEN YOU'RE NOT SURE YOU CAN HAVE A BUSINESS ON IT OR NOT UNTIL YOU GO THROUGH THE LUGS PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=the LUGS process.]
((HOW ARE YOU?.. ))
After 18 months of work, the county has come up with a more traditional zoning system, which it is unveiling to the public over the next few weeks.
Most of Bedford's 765 square miles will remain agricultural.. with residential and commercial growth designated for the areas where it already exists.
[IN Q=If you look]
((DAVID TICKNER/COMMUNITY PLANNING: IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAP, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT THAT'S STILL GOING TO BE RURAL OR AGRICULTURAL PRESERVE, SO WE'RE TRYING TO FOCUS GROWTH IN CERTAIN AREAS.))
[OUT Q=in certain areas.]
[IN Q=Since zoning]
((Since zoning is an issue that affects virtually every resident, officials hope for strong turnout at the next five public information sessions. From there, county planners will take the comments, make adjustments and present the zoning ordinance to the Board of Supervisors, which hopes to have it in place by July. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
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Some Roanoke-area Boy Scout leaders are weighing in on a national debate: whether gays should be allowed to lead Scout troops.
The Boy Scouts do not think so -- they prohibit homosexuals, aetheists and agnostics from joining their ranks.
They say traditional family values and a belief in God are essential.
[IN Q=When you don't]
((TODD HUMMEL/SCOUTMASTER: WHEN YOU DON'T TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE VALUES AND WHEN YOU DON'T TEACH EM WHAT'S RIGHT AND WHEN THEY WATCH A LOT OF JUNK TV AND SECULAR EDUCATION THAT HAS NO VALUES AND DOESN'T WANT GOD IN THE PUBLIC SYSTEM THEY SIT IN CAMOUFLAGED UNIFORMS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOLS AND SHOOT KIDS AND TEACHERS.))
[OUT Q=kids and teachers]
Some boys will miss out on the teamwork, leadership and life skills that are part of the Scouts program.
But a former Cub Scout says the organization will also lose.
[IN Q=The fact that]
((THE FACT THAT I'M CHRISTIAN AND I'M GAY IS NOT SOMETHING I FIND IN CONFLICT. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXCEPTIONAL MORAL CHARACTER AND THEY ALSO HAPPEN TO BE A GAY MAN OR A LESBIAN WOMAN.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/Gay Community Advocate;]
[OUT Q=a lesbian woman]
A New Jersey judge recently forced the Boy Scouts to accept a homosexual leader, but California courts ruled the Boy Scouts are a private group and can make their own rules.
[TAPE#=98-30, TC 6:35]
Normal is the word scientists are using to describe the water quality in Smith Mountain Lake.
Ferrum College scientists and volunteers collected and studied samples from the lake to test its contents and properties.
Their reports says, as in past years, the water quality is good.
The report did note that water quality near the dam is better than water found at the farthest points from the dam.
Officials from the Smith Mountain Lake Association and Ferrum College say they will continue to monitor the lake.
[TAPE#=98-23, TC 6:24]
Members of a group in Craig County want to help tornado victims by donating clothing.
Only problem is, they have no way to get the goods to the people in need.
For more than ten years, volunteers in Craig County have operated the Clothesline, distributing good used clothing free of charge.
But now the volunteers are closing shop, and they're looking for another non-profit that can use their inventory.
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[IN Q=It's a lot of good]
((JUANITA MURRAY/CLOTHING EXCHANGE VOLUNTEER: IT'S A LOT OF GOOD CLOTHES HERE AND WE JUST HATE TO SEE THEM GO TO THE DUMP, OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. WHEN WE KNEW THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN THE TORNADOS. WE JUST WANTED TO HELP THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Juanita Murray/Clothing Exchange Volunteer;]
[OUT Q=wanted to help them.]
Volunteers have offered the clothing to other community groups, but so far they have found no takers, who will send a truck to New Castle to pick up the donation.
Former Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip is joining forces with eight time champ Dale Earnhardt.
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February;]
Waltrip announced today he will temporarily replace injured driver Steve Park in the Earnhardt owned Pennzoil Monte Carlo.
D-W takes over the Number One car this Sunday in Bristol.
Park is expected to be out for several months following a severe crash in Atlanta.
An Earnhardt spokesman says when the rookie is cleared to return, Waltrip will go back to the Number 17 team.
Waltrip sold THAT team to Texas millionaire P-J Beverly this week.
Beverly says his new team is trying to secure sponsorship and will return to the track when Waltrip finishes his stint with Earnhardt racing.
Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol began this morning at 11 for Winston Cup drivers.
New construction at the track has upped the seating capacity to more than 130 thousand.
The half mile oval is now completely bowled in from top to bottom, and additional luxury suites have also been added in time for Sunday's race.
In fact construction crews will be working right up until Sunday morning.
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And in N-I-T action... Minnesota toppled Penn State at Madison Square Garden last night to earn the championship titl
The Nittany Lions were hoping to make this all Big Ten affair their game.
But the Golden Gophers Kevin Clark was the real deal last night swooping in on the finger roll for 2 of his 28 points.
Pete Lisicky would attempt to keep the Lions close with this three pointer in the second half.
But Sam Jacobsen scored 21 as Minnesota wins it 79-to-72.
Georgia crushed Fresno State in the consolation game winning it 95-to-79.
[Take NCAA pinnacle page 99050][NCAA]
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And in case you didn't know... the NCAA tournament resumes tomorrow night at 5:30 right here on Your Hometown Station as Stanford and Kentucky hook up in the first national semi-final of the night.
Then around 8 o'clock you can check out the Tarheels and Utah Utes in the nightcap.
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The women's national semi-finals are set for tonight in Kansas City as Louisiana Tech takes on N.C. State and Arkansas meets two-time defending national champ, Tennessee.
Vols head coach Pat Summitt says the women are playing for respect as well as the title.
[IN Q=I think]
((PAT SUMMITT/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH: I THINK WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN THE WOMEN'S GAME IS EXCITING, PARTICULARLY THE TEMPO AT WHICH WE NOW CAN PLAY. BASICALLY WE'RE HERE NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE CAME TO PLAY THE GAME BUT ALSO BECAUSE WE'RE PROMOTING OUR GAME.))
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[OUT Q=...our game."]
The era of poodle skirts and ponytails may be over, but generations
of fans are "hopelessly devoted" to that rock'n movie musical "Grease".
[OUT Q=(nats of song)]
After twenty years, the film is being re-released today.
Grease is the most successful movie musical of all time.
The music and stars are of course the same but this time the Movie has been digitally remastered.