((BROOKS BROWN, HARRIS FRIEND: "ERIC IS AN EVIL GENIUS I GUESS, REALLY CONNIVING, BUT BRILLIANT"))
Investigators may be hot on the trail of the guns used but the two colorado teenagers in last week's shooting rampage.
And the shootings may be responsible for a string of bomb threats and other incidents at area schools.
News 7 at noon is next.
It's was one week ago today when two gunmen
opened fire on a Colorado high school, leaving 15 dead.
This morning, the Littleton community will mark the time the shooting
began with a moment of silence.
Teachers from Columbine High also head back to class but at a different school.
Students will join them later this week.
Meantime, police may have new leads on the
guns used in the shootings.
Manuel Gallegus has the latest from Littleton.
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[SUPER=01-Steve Davis/Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :19]
(((LOCATOR: LITTLETON, CO)
(natz at flower shrine)
A week after the deadliest school shooting in U-S history. investigators have not made any arrests and are still facing many key questions.
Among them, did Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold have help carrying explosives into Columbine High School? Did anyone purchase weapons for the shooters?
Sot: Steve Davis/Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. "We're under the impression that someone assisted them in that, who and when are still kind of unclear to us right now."
Police believe the girlfriend of Dylan Klebold purchased at least two of the guns used in the attack. But officials say if those weapons turn out to be a rifle or shotgun, the girl did not break any laws. She was
questioned Monday and is described as a witness.
Investigators are also looking very closely at a sensational diary written by Eric Harris. hoping it will provide evidence of conspirators.
(natz of funeral)
Meanwhile, two more funerals and a memorial service are planned for today in Littleton. Yesterday services were held for three students and popular teacher Dave Sanders.
The emotionally exhausted community planned a moment of silence at 11:21 a.m. local time, the time the attack began a week ago.))
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Another bomb threat has been made at a Roanoke Valley school...
Hidden Valley Junior High School
was evacuated this morning after a threatening note was found on a bathroom wall.
Officials say after the building was thoroughly checked out, students were allowed back into class.
This is the latest in a series of bomb threats at area schools.
Making a bomb threat is a Class Five Felony, which carries a sentence of one to ten years in prison and a 25- hundred- dollar fine.
But if the person convicted is 14 years old or younger, it's only a Class one misdemeanor with a 25- hundred- dollar fine.
Whether it's actually criminal behavior or just a childish prank, police and educators have no choice but to treat EVERY threat seriously.
The Colorado school shootings HAVE made children more willing to report unusual behavior on the part of their peers.
School resource officers say what used to be just playground banter now must be analyzed in terms of a potential threat.
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((OFFICER STEVE CLARK/SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: I THINK IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THAT NOW LONGER CAN WE JUST TAKE PEOPLE, TAKE CHILDREN AND SAY THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO DO. THINGS LIKE JONESBORO AND WHAT HAPPENED IN COLORADO ARE A SHOCKING REMINDER THAT WE NEED TO TAKE THINGS SERIOUSLY, AND REALLY GET INSIDE THE HEADS OF THE KIDS THAT ARE SAYING THEM AND FIND OUT JUST WHAT THEIR INTENT REALLY IS.))
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[OUT Q=intent really is.]
These students at Dunbar Middle School in Lynchburg taped a school-wide television program yesterday, discussing how the Colorado shootings have affected them.
School psychologists are encouraging children to sit down with a teacher or counselor to talk things out.
The two teenage suspects in the school shooting were exposed to violent movies and video games.
A recent study by a Virginia Tech researcher did find a connection between violent images, and SOME violent behavior.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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(( James Weaver says there's no question the media influences people... otherwise commercials would be useless...
But do violent images cause violence?
Weaver's study showed groups of people films for a week... films with no violence, realistic violence, and gratuitious violence... like the current box office leader "The Matrix"
((we need guns, lots of guns))
[IN Q=watching very]
((JAMES WEAVER/COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES; WATCHING VERY GRATUITIOUS VIOLENCE, THE TYPE OF VIOLENCE WHERE VIOLENCE IS DONE JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT, DID CAUSE PEOPLE TO SHIFT THEIR ATTITUDES, THEIR BELIEFS, IT DESENSITIZES THEM TO VIOLENCE IN THE REAL WORLD.))
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NOT everyone was affected, in fact just a small percentage... The group affected the MOST?
Young men, who consider themselves outsiders and social deviants.
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((JAMES WEAVER/COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES; THEY THEN WOULD TURN AROUND AND BE VERY NEGATIVE IN THEIR ASSESMENTS OF OTHER PEOPLE, BE VERY INSENSITIVE TO THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT OTHER PEOPLE EXPERIENCE, THEY BASICALLY BECAME VERY CALLOUS))
[OUT Q=very callous]
And he says they were more likely to see violence as a way to solve a conflict with another person.
The solution, Weaver says, is not banning movies... but increasing awareness.
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(( WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THOSE MESSAGES CAN INSPIRE FOLKS TO ACT IN WAYS THAT MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE, TO THINK IN WAYS THAT ARE NOT APPRPRIATE, IT CHANGES YOUR WOLD VIEW, WHEN YOU WATCH THESE VERY VERY VIOLENT FILMS.))
[OUT Q=very violent films]
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
A Danville woman has been charged with killing her husband.
Sharon Robertson was arrested last night for the murder of her husband, Frederick, last week.
The 47-year-old school employee died from a shotgun blast to the chest at the couple's home on Taylor Street.
Sharon Robertson is charged with murder and illegal use of a firearm.
The proposed interstate 73 has been listed as one of the 50 projects highlighted in this year's Road to Ruin report.
Protesters of I-73 were outside the Roanoke Public Library this morning in support of the new report.
The Road to Ruin report is written by a Washington based group called the Taxpayers for Common Sense and Friends of the Earth.
Protesters said that they would like to see taxpayer money go towards fixing up the intestates we already have.
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(MICHAEL KAVANAUGH/RET. LAW ENFORCEMENT: WE NEED A BETTER HIGHWAY. WE'VE BEEN TRYING FOR LITERALLY DECADES TO GET 220 U
PGRADED TO MAKE IT A SAFER HIGHWAY AND RELIEVE ALL OF THE CONGESTION THAT IS GOING ON THERE NOW.)
[SUPER=01-Michael Kavanaugh/Retired Law Enforcement]
[OUT Q=on there now.]
The decision of whether or not to actually build I-73 will not be made until the end of this year.
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Britain is mourning the murder of a television star.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And some 33-thousand reservists are being called to active duty as the war in Yugoslavia continues.
We'll have that story right after the break, but first let's check with Patrick.
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Members of the National Guard and Reserves could be called up as early as today to help allied forces in the Balkans.
Overnight More NATO bombs shook yugoslavia amid new reports that the u.s. and russia are working together to bring the war To An End.
Meanwhile, another visit from the Red Cross today for threeU-S servicemen held in Yugoslavia.
An this time they were able to write letters to their families. Lisa Hughes has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Robin Cook/British Foreign Secretary]
[SUPER=01-Strobe Talbot/Dep. Secretary Of State;]
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IT HAS BECOME AN UNMISTAKABLE SOUND IN BELGRADE. AND ONLY AFTER SUNRISE DOES THE DAMAGE BECOME CLEAR. AGAIN THIS MORNING_NATO BOMBS HIT SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC'S PARTY HEADQUARTERS. AT THE NEARBY MUSEUM OF MODERN ART_
CLEAN-UP IS THE PRICE OF ADMISSION.
(super: Robin Cook/British Foreign Secretary
9:40:05-11"The message is now getting through even in Belgrade that Milosevic is alone in defying the world)
NATO IS ALSO SENDING A MESSAGE TO RUSSIA_THAT IT COULD PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN ENDING THE CRISIS. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE, STROBE TALBOTT SAYS THE US AND RUSSIA ARE WORKING TOGETHER.
(SOT, STROBE TALBOT, DEP. SEC. OF STATE) "The problem is extremely difficult. The important and urgent work continues a
nd it will continue in the days to come
(LOCATOR: TIRANA, ALBANIA)
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NATO CONTINUES ITS BUILD-UP IN ALBANIA. ROCKET-LAUNCHERS_TROOPS AND APACHE HELICOPTERS. ONE APACHE CRASHED LAST NIGHT ON A TRAINING MISSION. THE CREW GOT OUT ALL RIGHT.
(Lt. Col. Garrie Dornan/Army Spokesman_09:25:40 It's a risky business. And that's what we've gotta except. Everybody's
trained to do that and everybody knows that.)
ONE WHITE HOUSE EXPECTATION WAS MET TODAY IN BELGRADE. THE INTERNATIONAL
RED CROSS RE-VISITED THREE AMERICAN SOLDIERS. THIS TIME_IT WAS A PRIVATE
VISIT AND THE THREE WERE EXAINED BY A DOCTOR. THEY'RE REPORTEDLY IN GOOD
THE SAME CANNOT BE SAID FOR MANY OF THE REFUGEES_WHO CROSS THE BORDER BY
THE THOUSANDS_ANY WAY THEY CAN.
CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
In London, police are investigating the murder of a popular British anchorwoman.
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Jill Dando was shot in the head this morning, at close range.
Her rise to fame began a decade ago as a news anchor for the B-B-C.
She then hosted a popular travel program.
And in what now has a tragic irony to it she also anchored a program in which unsolved crimes were re-created to jog the public's memory.
Her own tragic murder myster has not just shocked the country, but also her news colleagues who have had to report it.
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((IT'S RARE THAT A REPORTER CAN SAY THAT A MURDER VICTIM WAS THE KIND OF WOMAN WHO HAD NO ENEMIES. I CAN SAY THAT ABOUT JILL DANDO...))
[SUPER=01-Kate Addie/BBC News;]
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There has been no word yet of a suspect.
Trash will be the main topic at tonight's town council meeting in Pulaski.
The town has been told to find a new place to put its recycling center.
To help meet that goal, the planning commission recently approved a plan to rezone part of downtown Pulaski to allow recycling centers with a conditional use permit.
But the decision isn't sitting well with some downtown business owners.
They're concerned because a local businessman has already expressed a desire to put a recycling center and large item drop off on Main Street.
[IN Q=It would just]
((TED HODGE/DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNER: IT WOULD JUST END THE GROWTH RIGHT HERE AND I'M SURE WE'D HAVE SOME PEOPLE MOVING OUT, AS YOU DO IN DOWNTOWN ANYWAY, AND THEN WHEN YOU CREATE SOMETHING LIKE THIS YOU MAY HAVE BUSINESSES MOVE OUT AND SAYING WELL I JUST CAN'T WITH THE TRASH, WITH THE VISIBILITY, AND JUST HOW UGLY IT COULD BE S FAR AS HOW DOWNTOWN OUGHT TO BE.))
[SUPER=01-Ted Hodge/Downtown Business Owner; :00]
[OUT Q=ought to be.]
The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 5pm at the town municpal building.
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It seems like everything is hooked into a digital network these days--
Now even your home can be.
We'll take a look at the latest in home technology-- a home where you can control almost everything at the touch of a button.
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They're seeing double at the San Diego Zoo.
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There are a lot of babies at the zoo this time year but in one exhibit every mother has two.
These are rare Transcaspian Urials, they come from the Middle East.
But even more rare is the exhibit has seven sets of twins, a new record for the zoo.
All 14 babies are less than a month old.
Japan is giving us a preview of home living in the twenty-first century.
Although it won't hit the market until at least 2-thousand and three, the 100 M-2 house features appliances and facilities all wired up to a digital network.
Services such as on-line shopping, and even health checks are made available at the touch of a button.
Instead of rummaging around in the fridge, an interactive refrigerator will give you an inventory of contents.
And the computer will present you with recipe ideas.
No word yet on the price tag for this high tech home.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 59 points
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Coming up in Sports--
The Generals take charge of the Division three lacrosse field--
And the Charlotte Hornets see their playoff hopes bouncing away against the Knicks.
This and more coming up on sports right after this break.
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The Roanoke-Richmond Northern Conference playoff schedule has been released, and Roanoke will be playing host to the first two games of the series.
Roanoke will have the home ice advantage Friday and Saturday nights for games one and two, before the series shifts to Richmond for games three and four next Wednesday and Friday.
Should the best of seven go beyond that point, Roanoke will host games five and seven with Richmond having home ice for game number 6.
Moving up from the minors to the pros--
In first round N-H-L playoff action last night, Toronto and Carolina both grabbed 2-to-1 series leads.
The Maple Leafs topped Philadelphia last night 2-to-1 and the Hurricanes skated past Boston 3-to-2.
There are five more games tonight, with the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions Detroit Red Wings taking the ice against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the late game.
And on the hardwood last night--
Workhorse stars Scottie Pippen had 26 points and Charles Barkley 20 points and 16 rebounds as the Houston Rockets blasted the sliding L-A Lakers, 102-80.
The Lakers' loss clinches the Pacific Division Title for the Portland Trial Blazers.
The Washington Wizards got Bucked in Milwaukee.
The Big Dog-- Glenn Robinson-- scored eight of his 31 points during a 15-oh fourth quarter run by Milwaukee, which downed the Wizards 99 to 91.
The postseason gets closer every day, but last night the Charlotte Hornets had their playoff hopes stung by the New York Knicks.
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Playing at home in the hive, the Hornets turned former Syracuse star Derrick Coleman loose on the Knicks.
He goes baseline and muscles in the jam over Marcus Camby.
But Latrell Sprewell finally earned his keep-- coming off the bench and tossing in 21 points. The Knicks win this one 91-to-84.
The Knicks now hold a one-and-a-half game lead over Charlotte for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
And now for an award in local hoops action--
The Civitan Club's women's sportsmanship trophy and scholarship went to Glenvar High's hoops team yesterday.
Girls' head coach Bryan Harvey and Chrissy Lewis, a Lady Highlander senior guard, accepted the awards. Glenvar was 8 and 2 in district play, 13 and 10 overall and made it to the regionals.
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[SUPER=01-Bryan Harvey/Glenvar Girls' Basketball Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ernie Bradd/Referee Commissioner; :11]
[OUT Q=....means a lot"]
Cave Spring girls' coach Linda Long served as the guest speaker and touched on a number of topics including character and how she teaches her team to respect the opponent.
Lewis, who will attend Phieffer University this year, was honored for these types of qualities with the Civitan 500 dollar scholarship.
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[IN Q="it means]
[SUPER=01-Chrissy Lewis/Civitan Scholarship Winner; :00]
[OUT Q=....play there"]
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A quick look at something special on the local college athletic scene--
The Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team is now ranked number one in Division three.
The Generals are tied with Gettysburg College, which lost to W-and-L earlier this year, six-to-four.
Washington and Lee has already clinched the regular-season O-DAC championship and an N-C-double-A tournament berth.
The last time the Generals were ranked number one was in 19-87, when they still competed in division one.
Just when you thought it was time to put Dale Earnhardt in the back of the back with Darrell Waltrip, the Intimidator once again proved that he's not hardly ready for the rocking chair.
Earnhardt ended a 40 race drought to get his 72nd career win Sunday at Talladega. During that dry spell he told News 7 sports, he wasn't even thinking about retiring.
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[IN Q="I'm still...]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/72 Career Wins; :00]
[OUT Q=...FOR THE FUTURE."]
But to get to the future, he's borrowing a piece of his past. For this year's Winston all-star race on May 22nd, Earnhardt will be driving the fabled blue and gold Wrangler colors in which he won the 19-87 Winston Cup driving title.
Earnhardt turns 48 on Thursday.