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A makeshift memorial continues to grow at a park next to Colorado's Columbine High School.
Thousands are remembering the dead with flowers, crosses, cards and candles.
Tuesday's shooting rampage has officials across the nation taking every potential threat to schools seriously.
And our area is no exception... A bomb threat closed Buena Vista schools early yesterday.
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Buena Vista's Special Response Team AND State Police were called into Parry McCluer High school yesterday afternoon to comb the area for explosives.
This-- after a letter was discovered saying a bomb was planted at the school.
Police searched the building, but didn't find anything unusual.
The letter has been turned over to investigators.
Police do not have a suspect at this time.
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Because of yesterday's threat, Buena Vista schools will be closing at 1 p-m today.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Should student hunters be allowed to bring rifles to school?
In the wake of the Colorado school shootings, Governor Gilmore has changed his mind -- and the law.
Tina Tenret has the latest.
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(( Any student who brandishes a gun at school will get five years in prison.
Hunters are no longer a special case -- even if their rifles are unloaded and locked in their vehicles.
But local school boards can make their own exceptions.
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[SOT 12:43:09]
[IN Q=If we go]

((IF WE GO HUNTING IN THE MORNINGS I GOTTA DRIVE ALL THE WAY TO FINCASTLE. IF I'M HUNTING DOWN HERE I'D MISS HALF A DAY OF SCHOOL IF I COULDN'T LEAVE MY GUN IN MY VEHICLE.)) [RUNS :07]
[OUT Q=in my vehicle]


These hunters at James River High School say they've all taken gun safety courses.
And Republican Senator Bo Trumbo says he doubts those rifles would get in the wrong hands.
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((TYPICALLY YOU'RE NOT GOING TO TOUCH MY WEAPON. THAT'S MINE, I KNOW WHAT IT WILL DO. YOU DON'T NEED TO GET TO IT. JUST LEAVE IT ALONE. AND MOST OF THE KIDS I KNOW ARE THAT RESPONSIBLE TO DO IT.)) [RUNS :11]
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((THE SUPERINTENDENTS WE TALKED TO, EVEN IN THE RURAL AREAS, STAND FIRMLY AGAINST ANY GUNS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. AND THEY SAY SCHOOL BOARDS PROBABLY WILL NOT MAKE AN EXCEPTION FOR HUNTING RIFLES. TINA TENRET NEWS7)) [RUNS :15]
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[7E-Druckenmiller]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-7 1:14:51]
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Former Hokie Quarterback Jim Druckenmiller has been accused of non-consensual intercourse by a woman in Montgomery County.
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An indictment against Druckenmiller was ordered unsealed tonight by Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs, but the ruling came after the Court Clerk's Office had closed. Apparently even his own lawyers have not seen the indictment.
News 7 has learned, however, that the allegations come from a woman who had sex with Druckenmiller following a night of partying in Blacksburg in early March.
Sources close to the case say there's no dispute... the two had sex, but Druckenmiller says it WAS consensual.
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Nonetheless the grand jury returned an indictment against Druckenmiller April 13th.
Druckenmiller is a back-up quarterback with the San Francisco 49-ers.
He played at Virginia Tech for four years before moving on to a professional career.

[7E-Evans]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#=99-4 2:01:23]
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A life behind bars is what the future holds for Andre Evans, who was convicted Wednesday in the shooting deaths of two Bedford men in 19-97.
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Judge James Updike ruled yesterday that while Evans had no right to use deadly force, he HAD been threatened and provoked by one of his victims just prior to the shootings.
Because of that, Updike said Evans did "not" deserve the death penalty for his crimes.
Both sides expressed relief about the verdict.
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[IN Q=That started out]

((RANDY KRANTZ/PROSECUTOR: THAT STARTED OUT AS A KILLING ON A CITY STREET, IT WAS AWFUL, ANDRE EVANS WILL HAVE TO BE PUNISHED FOR THAT AND WILL BE. BUT WHAT WE STARTED TO SEE TODAY WERE THE FIRST SIGNS OF SOME HEALING WITHIN THAT COMMUNITY.))
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[OUT Q=within that community.]
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[VO-NAT]


Evans remained emotionless throughout his four-day trial and made "no" comment as he left court yesterday.
He'll be sentenced this summer, but his attorneys plan to appeal.
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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast..
A chance for some rain today, as highs again warm up to around 80 degrees.
Cloudy, with the possibility for some additional showers overnight. Look for lows in the low- to mid-50s.
The extended forecast...
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Henry county is making up for losing so many jobs in the textile industry-- a Fortune 500 company has announced it's expanding there.
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Springs Industries announced yesterday that it would be adding 250 jobs beginning next year.
The company says it will hire employees at all levels to help make pillows and mattress pads.
Springs could have moved its business to neighboring states, but it chose to expand in Henry County because of the location and skilled workforce.
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[IN Q=I'm here to stay...]

((MILLER DEATON/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. WE LIKE IT.))
[SUPER=01-Miller Deaton/Springs Industries Vice-President]
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[OUT Q=We like it.]
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Henry County has won more than one-thousand new jobs since January.
And Springs Industries is the third company this week to announce new jobs for the county.

[45E-Kroger-HT]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[GRAPHIC=Store Swap]


The Kroger take-over of 11 Harris Teeter stores will result in the CLOSING of two of them.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]

Kroger says it will close the Harris Teeter in Lynchburg and also one in Martinsville. A store spokesman says in both areas there are already enough Krogers operating. Kroger doesn't want more stores than shoppers.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./April 2]

As for the Cave Spring Giant Harris Teeter... It will remain open. Kroger says there are enough shoppers to support two stores in the area.
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[45E-Earth-Day]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-5 1:23:45]
[GRAPHIC=Earth Day]


A different kind of "tree" took center stage during Earth Day ceremonies at Virginia Tech.
In addition to a bike rally and ride through Blacksburg yesterday, the community received a visit from the founder of Earth Day.
Stacey Martin reports.
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This wasn't a leisurely bike ride or a race to the finish line--but a group of cyclists with a message..
Respect their kind along the roadways and help save the environment.
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((PIERRE GRZYBOWSKI/TREE: WE THINK IT REALLY SOLVES A LOT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE, ESPECIALLY ON EARTH DAY. I THINK THE CONNECTION IS PRETTY OBVIOUS THAT MORE BIKING MEANS LESS POLLUTION.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=means less pollution.]


Most cyclists were members of "Taking Responsibility for Earth and Environment" or TREE--a group Grzybowski said is not asking motorists to give up their cars, just to consider riding bikes more often-- and to become more aware of those who do.
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[IN Q=A friend of mine]

((JAYSON TAYLOR: A FRIEND OF MINE HAS BEEN HIT TWICE AND SENT TO THE HOSPITAL BOTH TIMES, AND I'VE BEEN CUT OFF A LOT OF TIMES AND FALLEN OFF MY BIKE BUT I'VE NEVER BEEN HIT BY A CAR BUT IT'S TOUGH ON THE ROADS.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=on the roads.]


The group halted traffic as they made their way through downtown Blacksburg.
And, later several group members and students gathered at Squire Hall to hear from former Senator Gaylord Nelson who founded Earth Day in 1970.
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[IN Q=I wanted the issue]

((FORMER SEN. GAYLORD NELSON/EARTH DAY FOUNDER: I WANTED THE ISSUE TO GET ON THE NATIONAL POLITICAL AGENDA SO THE ESTABLISHMENT WOULD PAY ATTENTION TO THIS URGEN ISSUE.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=to this urgent issue.]
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((STACEY MARTIN.REPORTING: NELSON SAID EARTH DAY HAS HELPED TO INCREASE SOCIETY'S AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT BUT THERE'S STILL MORE TO BE DONE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.)) [RUNS10]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[GRAPHIC=Campaign 99]


A challenge from the powerful Fralin family won't stop state Senator John Edwards in his tracks.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Edwards said yesterday that he will run again for the 21st District Seat.
He made the announcement in the walkway between the Hotel Roanoke and Market Square, placing the future home of the Higher Education Center in the backdrop. Edwards has supported the Higher Education Center that will open in Roanoke the Fall of 2000. The Senator says he's seeking re-election to continue working on his current projects.
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(SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE IN PROMOTING CHARACTER EDUCATION, CONTIN

UE THE PROGRAM WITH THE ROANOKE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER, CONTINUE THE PROGRAM IN CUTTING THE FOOD TAX, ABOLISHING THE FOOD TAX.)
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Senator Edwards will be running against Republican William Fralin, who announced his candidacy last month.

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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast-
Look for increasing clouds throughout the day, with a chance of showers.
Highs will warm up to near the 80- degree mark.
Cloudy, with showers tonight, with lows in the lower 50s.
Looking ahead to the weekend and beyond...
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Two students who turned their Colorado high school into a war zone may have been caught on videotape. Police have reportedly recovered a security videotape from the school's library, where most of the carnage took place.
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The shootings have officials across the country taking notice. In Virginia, Governor Gilmore is making an extra effort to enforce school safety procedures.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Gilmore is asking Virginia School superintendents to make sure their schools are in compliance with school safety requirements under Virginia Law.
The law requires school principals to conduct a school safety audit and to have a crisis management plan in place to deal with emergencies.
Gilmore is also requiring schools to report any gang activity or potentially dangerous students to police immediately.
Kent Willis with the Virginia A-C-L-U disagrees with Gilmore... he says targeting certain students is stereotyping and is damaging to the student.
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((KENT WILLIS/VIRGINIA ACLU:ONCE YOU JUST SEND NAMES TO A POLICE OFFICER OR A POLICE DEPARTMENT..WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IS STIGMATIZED A KID FOR LIFE..YOU HAVE MADE THAT KID A TARGET))
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Gilmore has given the superintendents 30 days to make sure their schools are in compliance with the law.

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A Staunton River high school student is in a juvenile detention home after allegedly making a telephone threat to another student.
The 15-year-old reportedly discussed the possibility of harming several students and also mentioned the shootings in Colorado.
Meantime, an elementary school student in Roanoke is suspended after reportedly bringing a gun on a schoolbus.
The boy took out an unloaded B-B gun and showed it to another student, on the way home from Fallon Park school Wednesday.



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[**ANCHOR TAG**]
Wayne Lee Bates was waiting to be tried for burglary in Kentucky. The local sheriff decided to let the 28- year- old suspect got to church.
Bates walked away. Three days later he abducted and murdered a woman, stole her car and her travelers checks. Yesterday in Roanoke- -almost 13 years later- -Bates was re-sentenced.
Keith Humphry reports.
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[SUPER=01-Jennie Waering/Assistant U.S. Attorney; :56]
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[OUT Q=may be paroled.]

(( Julie Guida was on business from Salt Lake City.
It took authorities a long time to find her remains- -in the woods near Manchester, Tennessee. Bates had tied the 28-year old Hercules engineer to a tree.
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[IN Q=I tried to gag]

((I TRIED TO GAG HER. THAT DIDN'T WORK. FINALLY, I TOLD HER, "I'M GOING TO GET THE CAR. I'LL BE BACK. JUST BE CALM, DON'T WORRY." AND I WENT BEHIND HER AND I JUST SHOT HER IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD.))
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Judge James Turk noted how much Bates has changed in 13 years. "He was humble before," Judge Turk said, "he's right belligerent, now."
Jennie Waering prosecuted Bates in 1986 for bringing the stolen travelers checks into Virginia. Though Bates got a death sentence for the murder, Waering still argued for the maximum on the check charges.
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((DEATH SENTENCES SOMETIMES GET COMMUTED TO LIFE SENTENCES. PRISONS MAY GET CROWDED, AND PRISONERS MAY BE PAROLED.))
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Bates said he didn't think it was fair to get 20 years for 200-dollars worth of checks. He intends to appeal. In the meantime, he's on his way back to Nashville today... to Tennessee's Death Row.



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BEfore we finish the morning updates for this Friday--- here's another look at the forecast.


Clouds building today, with scattered showers and highs around 80.
Showers will likely continue tonight, with lows cooling into the lower 50s.
The extended forecast is MUCH cooler through the weekend...
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