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Yesterday's shooting rampage at an Oregon high school has claimed a second young life.
More than 20 others were injured.
The 15 year old boy accused of pulling the trigger faces a judge today to hear the charges against him.
Kip Kinkle will be charged as an adult with murder.
Meanwhile, Thurston High School school is officially closed, but many students are expected to show up anyone to comfort each other.
Dave Fehling reports from springfield.
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A MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL MARKS THE SCENE OF THE HORROR AT THURSTON HIGH. WITH THE
ARRIVAL OF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, THOUGHTS ARE NOT OF SUMMER AND IMPENDING
VACATIONS, BUT OF THE BAFFLING AND HORRIFYING EVENTS OF YESTERDAY.
(NATS, YESTERDAY, CRIME SCENE)
STUDENTS WOUNDED BY GUNFIRE, BLOOD EVERYWHERE AND A CLASSMATE COLDLY FIRING
INTO THE CROWDED CAFETERIA HAVE LEFT A MARK HERE THAT WILL NEVER BE ERASED.
(SOT, AMY TURNER, STUDENT, 9:40:20, "SCREAMING, MOANING, ETC.")
BEN ESTES, SENIOR: "THE SHOOTER FIRED RANDOMLY... JAKE RYKER
FELLOW STUDENT JAKE RYKER TACKLED THE SHOOTER, EVEN THOUGH HE'D BEEN SHOT IN
THE CHEST HIMSELF. TODAY, RYKER IS IN THE HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS CONDITION. AS
FOR 15-YEAR OLD SUSPECT KIP KINKLE, HE WILL BE CHARGED AS AN ADULT FOR A CRIME
THAT HAS CHANGED SO MANY LIVES FOREVER.
(SOT, ESTES: "I HAVE A FRIEND... HAS SET IN.")
WHILE THURSTON HIGH SCHOOL IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED TODAY, MANY STUDENTS ARE
EXPECTED TO VISIT TO ATTACH FLOWERS OR PICTURES TO THE FENCE, OR JUST TO BE
WITH EACH OTHER TO BEGIN THE HEALING PROCESS.
FEHLING STANDUP, ON THE HEARING LATER TODAY FOR KINKLE)))
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Just minutes before yesterday's fatal school shooting in Oregon, a 15 year old boy in Washington state boarded a school bus with a loaded pistol.
He pointed the gun at the bus driver and then ordered his girlfriend off the bus and took her inside his house.
The bus driver then called police.
SGT. BRAD BORDEN/LEWIS CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:
THERE WAS ALSO A CALL MADE TO THE GIRLFRIENDS PARENTS AND THEY ALL RESPONDED OUT HERE TO THE SCENE AND WHIL THEY WERE TRYING TO GET INTO THE HOUSE THERE WAS A GUNSHOT THAT RANG OUT AND THE GIRLFRIEND STARTED SCREAMING AND FATHER FOUND THE YOUNG VICTIM WITH A SELF INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. ))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Brad Borden/Lewis Co. Sheriff's Department;]
[OUT Q=WOUND TO THE HEAD.]
The teen later died in a Seattle hospital.
His girlfriend was not harmed.
It's not clear if charges will be filed against three Missouri sixth-graders who police say wanted to duplicate a deadly Arkansas school shooting.
Police say the boys planned to pull a fire alarm on the last day of school, June sixth, and then shoot students as they fled.
Police learned about the plot yesterday after responding to a fight at the boys school in St. Charles.[Harvey]
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A former Radford University student entered a guilty plea today for his role in a fire that killed a fellow student.
21-year-old Michael Steven Harvey pleaded guilty to arson and second-degree murder as part of a plea agreement.
Harvey was arrested last year for setting fire to a house near the Radford campus in February of 1996.
The fire claimed the life of Christopher Mirch, who died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Harvey had been free on bond, but was immediately taken to jail this morning.
The judge postponed sentencing until July, but prosecutors say Harvey must serve at least 10 years in prison.
An Appomattox County jury is making a life or death decision today in the capital murder trial of Brandon Wayne Hedrick.
The same jury convicted Hedrick this week of the rape, robbery, and murder of Lisa Yvonne (e-vonn) Crider last May.
Hedrick's attorneys told the jury this morning that their client poses no threat to anyone but himself.
But prosecutors characterize Hedrick as a budding psychopath who has shown no remorse for his crime.
The jury began deliberations around 10:45 this morning.
As promised, abortion rights advocates have filed a lawsuit to stop enforcement of a ban on late-term abortions in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
[IN Q=The ban's]
[SUPER=01-Karen Raschke/Planned Parenthood of Virginia; :04]
[SUPER=01-Bebe Anderson/Ctr. for Reproductive Law & Policy; :30]
[SUPER=01-Fiona Givens/Virginia Society for Human Life; :48]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
((The ban's supporters call it infanticide.
((KAREN RASCHKE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD ATTORNEY: IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT AS A LOBBYIST LOBBYING AGAINST THIS BILL TO TRY TO FOCUS THE LEGISLATORS' ATTENTION ON THE BILL LANGUAGE WHEN THEY HAVE BEFORE THEM THESE REALLY HORRIFIC PICTURES WHICH MAKE IT SEEM AS IF THE WOMEN OF VIRGINIA WANT TO STAB THEIR BABIES IN THE NECK.))
In fact, Planned Parenthood says the language of the law is so vague as to make several other kinds of abortions illegal too.
((BEBE ANDERSON/CTR. FOR REPRODUCITVE LAW & POLICY: IF THEY DID INCLUDE THE ACOG LANGUAGE, YOU WOULD HAVE A BILL DRAFTED IN MEDICAL TERMS...SUCH AS PARTIALLY VAGINALLY DELIVER.))
((FIONA GIVENS/VIRGINIA SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: WELL IF PHYSICIANS FEEL THAT THIS IS VIOLATING THEIR ABILITY TO PERFORM FIRST AND SECOND TRIMESTER ABORSTIONS THEN THEY ARE INTELLECTUALLY-CHALLENGED, BECAUSE IT IS QUITE SPECIFIC.))
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Without court intervention, the law takes effect July first.
Other states' versions have been struck down in 11 courts.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
It's ballots not bullets today in Northern Ireland.
[SUPER=03-Belfast, Northern Ireland;]
People there and in the neighboring Irish Republic are voting on the historic peace accord.
The pact will change the way northern Ireland is governed and could end three decades of violence.
An overall turnout of at least 70 percent is expected and pre-election polls predict approval.
Final results are expected tomorrow.
The Roanoke Chapter of the N-Double A-C-P says on-the-job discrimination is on the rise in Western Virginia.
[IN Q=There's a breakdown]
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President]
[OUT Q=value our employees.]
At a news conference, the N-Double A-C-P focused its attention on Magic City Motors.
The group says an African American employee there was demoted without reason and denied raises.
But the chairman of the dealership's board of directors disputes the claim.
Bill Johnson says a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission did not establish any violations.
[IN Q=Our general policy]
[SUPER=01-Bill Johnson/Magic City Motors;]
[OUT Q=in any factor.]
The dealership was one of nine organizations the N- Double- A- C- P named to its list of "most unwanted employers."
Previous versions of our story incorrectly placed Roanoke County Schools on that list. We regret the error.
A Buena Vista couple is making strides to help police find and identify missing children.
Garry and Linda Floyd have developed a way to capture a child's fingerprint on a clothing label.
That print is then matched with information in a large database to identify the child.
They call it the Magic Fingerprint I-D System.
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[IN Q=Every one of]
((GARRY FLOYD: EVERY ONE OF US THAT HAVE CHILDREN WHETHER IT'S NIECES OR NEPHEWS OR WHATEVER--WE WANT TO HELP WHEN THERE'S A CHILD MISSING. AND, IF THIS WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT WE CAN START LOOKING AND BE SUCCESSULF.))
[OUT Q=and be successful.]
They came up with the idea seven years ago, then teamed up with a company in North Carolina.
That company came up with a chemically-treated towelette and a chemically-coated label that combine to reveal a fingerprint.
The label is then ironed on to clothing and is washable.
It's now only available in samples.
The Floyds are hoping to soon get a mass distributor for the product so it can be sold in stores.
Two earthquakes rocked a large part of Bolivia this morning.
At least 18 people were killed and up to 100 are missing.
The quakes also destroyed hundreds of homes.
The first quake measured five-point-nine-- the second was six-point-eight.
The music of Jimmy Ray is quickly climbing up the U-S top 40 Billboard charts.
And last night he performed some of his tunes at Confeddy's in Roanoke.
Fans of all ages filled the restaurant to get a glimpse of the British music sensation.
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[IN Q=Jimmy Ray is]
((KELLY REYNOLDS: JIMMY RAY IS LIKE ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGERS BECAUSE I LIKE HIS STYLE AND I REALLY LOVE HIS HAIR.))
((FAWN FRANKLIN:IT WAS REALLY COOL OF HIM TO COME TO ROANOKE BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE THAT HAVE GOT HIS STAR STATURE WOULDN'T COME.))
[SUPER=07-Fawn Franklin; :06( quick)]
[OUT Q=stature wouldn't come.]
The CD is Ray's first solo effort.
And, the song, "Are You Jimmy Ray" has gone gold--selling 500 thousand copies.
He plans to continue promoting the CD with future concert dates that include a stop in Nashville.
Not enough room to ride your bicycle on the road? You could try the water--that's what one man at Smith Mountain Lake is doing.
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;]
George Tatum has invented a water bicycle-- mounting a bike's frame to a boat's hull.
He says the idea came to him in a dream after a bicycle road race.
[IN Q=I HAD ABOUT]
((GEORGE TATUM/INVENTOR: I HAD ABOUT A FOOT OF ROAD TO RIDE ON, AND THERE WERE CARS TO THE LEFT AND USUALLY TREES OR BARBED WIRE OR HOUSES ON THE RIGHT. HERE I'VE GOT THE WHOLE LAKE SO I DON'T HAVE ANY FEAR OF FALLING DOWN. AND IF I DO FALL I JUST ROLL INTO THE WATER.))
[OUT Q=INTO THE WATER]
Tatum says he can pedal about six miles an hour-- balancing with the handlebars and steering with the brakes.
This weekend he'll race against a crew of expert sailors at Smith Mountain Lake.
A quick update now... A jury in Appomattox County has sentenced Brandon Wayne Hedrick to death for the murder of a Lynchburg woman last May.
It's the first capital murder sentence in modern times in Appomattox County.
Hedrick was convicted of killing, raping and robbing Lisa Yvonne Crider last May.
We'll have more on the story tonight, on News-7 at 5 and 6.[WORLD-FAIR]
The last world fair of the century opens to the public today in Lisbon, Portugal.
But the celebrating began last night, complete with fireworks and laser lights.
Lisbon's Expo '98 runs until September 30th.
Between now and then, a total of 15 million people are expected
to visit the exhibition, an average of more than a hundred thousand
visitors a day.