Seven soldiers die after a helicopter goes down.
Governor Gilmore signs a new school weapons law.
And the Long Island Lolita is about to go free, after serving her time.
Temperatures on the high side of 80 in most of the metro areas today. But the warm weather won't last much longer.
Doctors are trying new techniques to buy time for patients waiting for a transplant.
And are you at risk for heart disease? A new study indicates overweight women face a hidden danger.
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((SEVERAL ADDITIONAL LARGE BOMBS WERE FOUND DOWN IN THE KITCHEN AREA.))
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Investigators find more explosives inside Columbine High School- while outside snow did not keep mourners away.
Authorities reveal disturbing new evidence
that the killers may have had much more in mind than shooting up the school.
Investigators found powerful propane bombs apparently designed to burn the building down.
Jennifer Sabih is outside of the school in Littleton Colorado with more on today's discovery.
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((EARLY MORNING SNOWFLAKES GAVE WAY TO A TIDAL WAVE OF FLOWERS OUTSIDE
COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL. THE CAR OF VICTIM RACHEL SCOTT HAS BECOME A FOCAL
POINT WHERE FRIENDS AND FAMILY ERECTED A SHELTER... A SMALL GESTURE OF
REMEMBRANCE FOR THE SLAIN JUNIOR WHO LOVED DRAMA AND WAS CONSIDERING A
LIFE IN THE MINISTRY.
WHILE THE COMMUNITY GRIEVES... THE INVESTIGATION TURNED UP NEW EVIDENCE
TODAY THAT ERIC HARRIS AND DYLAN KLEBOLD MAY NOT HAVE ACTED ALONE.
POLICE SAY THEY FOUND TWO LARGE BOMBS MADE FROM PROPANE TANKS IN THE
KITCHEN OF THE SCHOOL.
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I DON'T KNOW HOW TWO PEOPLE COULD HAVE BROUGHT THIS IN. IT CERTAINLY
WIDENS OUR NET IN THIS INVESTIGATION.
POLICE ALSO INDICATED THAT IF CONSPIRATORS ARE FOUND...THEY WOULD FACE
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"DOWN THE ROAD IF WE DO SHOW IF SOMEONE ELSE HAD KNOWLEDGE IF THIS OR
HELPED PLAN THE INCIDENT OR EVEN CONTRIBUTED AS MUCH AS BUILDING ONE OF
THE BOMBS, THEN WE HAVE 13 HOMICIDES TO DEAL WITH."
NOW THAT ALL THE BODIES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL,
IDENTITIES OF THE VICTIMS ARE BEING REVEALED.
THEY INCLUDE 16 YEAR OLD JONH TOMLIN, LAUREN TOWNSEND, WHO WAS CAPTAIN
OF THE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM AND HER COACH DAVE SANDERS WHO WAS HAILED
AS A HERO FOR HELPING DOZENS OF KIDS TO SAFETY DURING THE MASSACRE.
ONE OF HIS PLAYERS WAS WITH HIM WHEN HE DIED.
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"I CAN'T EVEN SLEEP, ALL THE MEMORIES COME TO MY MIND... IT'S AWFUL."))
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Governor Gilmore has signed a law that forbids any student from bringing a gun to school.
Students caught with a gun will get a five-year prison sentence.
The governor says he wanted to make an exception for hunters who left unloaded rifles in cases locked in their cars.
But the General Assembly removed that exception.
The Governor says he signed the bill for the safety of children.[5-Gangs-School]
The Governor says that's not enough. He wants Virginia schools to take new steps in the wake of the Colorado shooting, but some school officials say we should NOT over-react.
Gilmore is giving school superintendents 30 days to review their safety requirements and make sure they're in compliance with Virginia law.
That law requires each school to conduct a School Safety audit...and to put in place a Crisis Management Plan... on procedures to follow in emergency situations.
Gilmore is also asking schools to report any gang activity and potentially dangerous students to police immediately.
The superintendent of Salem Schools says his district is in compliance with the law. And he notes that overall, school violence is on the way down.
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((DR. WAYNE TRIPP/SALEM SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE REACT TOO MUCH IN THE MOMENT..THERE ARE STATISTICS THAT INDICATED THAT EVEN THOUGH WE HAD ALL THOSE HORRIBLE TRAGEDIES LAST YEAR...THAT ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL THE NUMBER OF VIOLENT DEATHS IN SCHOOLS HAD DECLINED OVER A PERIOD OF TIME))
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Tonight at 6- We'll hear from the the A-C-L-U ... which believes the Gilmore plan to target potentially dangerous students is a bad idea.
He was found guilty of capital murder, but a judge said Andre Evans' crime did "not" merit a death sentence.
Evans was convicted yesterday of killing two men during a street confrontation in Bedford in 1997.
Judge James Updike ruled that while Evans had no right to use deadly force, he HAD been threatened and provoked by one of his victims.
Defense attorneys say they still wish the judge had accepted their claim of self defense.
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((WEBSTER HOGELAND/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WE WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH YESTERDAY'S RULING.. AND HE EXPECTED US TO WIN AND WE EXPECTED TO WIN AND WE DIDN'T YESTERDAY, BUT WE'RE HAPPY ABOUT TODAY.))
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[OUT Q=happy about today.]
Hogeland says Evans will appeal his capital murder conviction.
He faces an automatic life sentence with no parole.
We'll have reactions from the families involved on News7 at Six.
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Henry County is winning back some textile jobs.... thanks to the expansion of a Fortune 500 company.
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Springs Industries... a textile and home furnishings company already in the area announced today that it would add 250 new jobs beginning next year.
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The company will be hiring workers at all levels to help make pillows and mattress pads.
[exterior of old plant]
It already employs 425 people in its Martinsville plant.
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Springs officials say they could have moved their operation to where the labor was cheaper, but they chose to expand in Henry County because of its location and skilled workforce.
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[OUT Q=..AND WE LIKE IT.]
((JACK DALTON/VP FABRICATION, SPRINGS INDUSTRIES: I'M HERE TO STAY...I LIKE PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY'RE AT HOME IN VIRGINIA. WELL, WE'RE AT HOME IN VIRGINIA AND WE LIKE IT.))
Could even more jobs be on the way? We'll look at that on News 7 at 6.[5-Kroger]
When Kroger and Harris-Teeter swap stores next month, two of the present Harris-Teeter stores will close down.
Kroger officials tell us they will NOT re-open this Harris-Teeter store in Lymchburg, nor another one in Martinsville, when the two companies exchange stores.
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The swap will mean there are two Kroger stores very near one another in Cave Spring, but Kroger officials tell us they still intend to keep both those stores open.
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Coming up on News 7 at 5, a helicopter goes down killing seven soldiers.
And Amy Fisher, the "Long Island Lolita", is about to go free, with the blessing of the woman she shot in the face.
How did a human kidney, waiting to be transplanted, somehow wind up in a recycling bin? That story is still ahead on Healthcheck.
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And why would someone collect thousands of corkscrews? Patrick Evans will show us the man, and his "screwy" collection.
A UH-80 Black Hawk Helicopter with eleven people on board- crashed to the ground in Kentucky.
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Immediately other choppers rushed to the aid- It was too late for many though. The Army reports seven soldiers died in the crash.
Several others were injured-
The wounded were transported by medivac chopper to nearby hospitals.
The Chopper was on a training mission at Fort Campbell when it went down early this morning.
Fort Campbell is headquarters to the 101st airborne division.
Do you remember Amy Fisher?
She's the young woman who shot her lovers wife- Newspapers called her the Long Island Lolita.
Fisher could be out of prison within days- a judge has cleared the way for parole-
As Jennifer McLogan reports, the victim was at the courthouse today saying she forgives Fisher.
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Five thousand corkscrews can't be wrong.
Just ahead, Patrick Evans meets the man who as at least that many, and maybe more.
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Wine connoisseurs know the importance of checking the cork, but there's a man near Smith Mountain Lake who can tell you all about the cork SCREW, because opening the bottle is at least as important as what's in it according to Patrick Evans.
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Still ahead, a crocodile gets too big and too ornery, and gets a new home.
And coming up next on health check --
Researchers are using new ways to help transplant patients hang on --
but time is running out for certain organ recipients.
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((I WAS ON THE LIST FOR TWO YEARS, SO AS EXCITED AS I WAS, I WAS SCARED TOO.))
[OUT Q=scared too.]
This week is national organ and tissue donor awareness week.
Even though public awareness campaigns are making progress in getting the word out,
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thousands of patients are still on waiting lists and the problem is expected to get worse rather than better.
It's anticipated that the number of people needing new livers will skyrocket over the next decade.
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((DR. BAHIR BILIR/LIVER SPECIALIST: IT IS BAD ENOUGH RIGHT NOW ABOUT LOSING THE PATIENTS BUT THE PROBLEM IS WE WILL- IF WE DONT FIND A SOLUTION- WE WILL END UP LOSING MORE THAN 40-50 PERCENT OF PATIENTS ON THE WAITING LIST))
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[OUT Q=on the waiting list]
New medical advances are in the works to cut down waiting times.
Researchers are turning to new techniques until more organs become available.
For example -- splitting a donated liver.
The liver can regenerate and grow into a full one.
Another temporary measure doctors are looking at is liver cell infusion.
Using this technique doctors inject liver cells directly into a patient with liver failure -- these liver cells function just enough to stabilize the patient until a liver transplant becomes available.
Currently there are about 12-thousand 800 patients waiting for a liver transplant.
Meantime in New York a human kidney -- waiting to be transplanted was reportedly discovered in a recycling bin.
The organ was in a big, clearly labeled box in the operating room of the Westchester County Medical Center.
The box with the kidney was found about an hour and a-half after it was reported missing.
The surgeon examined the kidney, decided it was still fit, and put it into the patient -- who now appears to be rejecting it.
Doctors are not linking the misplacement with the success of the operation.
A new report suggests another reason for women to lose weight.
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Researchers have found obese women are six times more likely to develop inflammation in their arteries.
That is a major risk factor for heart disease.
And the problem can go unnoticed for years.
Doctors are experimenting to determine whether losing weight--or taking certain drugs -- can reverse the condition.
Good afternoon ladies, our one-hundred and 20 seconds of sports starts on the hard wood,
some hard times for NBA great Scottie Pippen.
The Houston Rockets star was arrested last night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. His arrest followed last night's Houston loss to Dallas. A Houston police spokesman says Pippen ran a red light this morning and was stopped by police. Pippen then failed a sobriety test. He was released this morning.
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The Greater Greensboro Chrysler Clasic began its four day run at the Forest Oaks Country Club today. Dudley Hart is your day one leader in the club house after shooing a six under par 66.
Mike Stevens has more on how this year's event will be a little different than those of the past.
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that's a wrap for five, coming up at six, we will hear more from the Express as the team prepares for Chesapeake, have a great day!
Finally, a rogue crocodile that attacked fishing boats is now getting used to its new quarters.
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It's a big one ... two thousand pounds, 14 feet long, with a hump on its back and a bad attitude to match.
We have no word that it hurt anyone, but wildlife rangers in Australia decided to croc had to be moved to reduce any threat to humans.
The crocodile was transported and released into its new home, where its access to people will be closely watched.