[School-Shooting]

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Schools are closed in Conyers, Georgia, the day after gunshots rang out wounding 6 students.
Law enforcement officers are learning more about the young shooting suspect now identified as 15-year old T-J Soloman.
Police say he smuggled a 22 caliber rifle into the building in his pants leg and a 357 caliber handgun in his backpack.
Both weapons were apparently stolen from his parents.
For the latest we go to Conyers Georgia and Lee Cowan.
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[SUPER=01-Shatuita Usher/Heritage High Student;]
[SUPER=01-Victoria Allen/Heritage High Student;]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Wigington/Rockland County Sheriff;]
[SUPER=01-Cecil Brinkley/Assistant Principal;]
[SUPER=01-Donald Peccia/School Superintendent;]
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((Heritage High remains closed today... instead of talking about graduation and college applications, students here are talking about the future that almost wasn't and friends that were almost lost.
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SHERIFFS DEPUTIES CONFIRMED THAT 15 YEAR TJ SOLOMON SMUGGLED A 22 CALIBER RIFLE ONTO HIS SCHOOL BUS YESTERDAY, IT WAS HIDDEN THEY SAY IN PANT LEG. IN HIS BACKPACK, A 357 MAGNUM.
SOT: Jeff Wigington, Rockland County Sheriff

THE RIFLE FIRED NEARLY A DOZEN TIMES, THE HANDGUN FIRED AT LEAST THREE.. BUT IT WAS THE 4TH SHOT FROM THAT PISTOL THAT COULD HAVE HAVE BEEN THE SINGLE FATAL BULLET HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR AN ASSistant PRINCIPAL, TJ SOLMOMN MAY HAVE TAKEN HIS OWN LIFE.
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A MOMENT IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS FEW HERE WILL EVER FORGET.
SOT: Donald Peccia, School Superintendent))
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[Guns-congress]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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On Capitol Hill, House Democrats are pushing for a floor debate on gun control measures next week.
But the Republican House Speaker wants to delay debate until next month.
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[4:13:38]
Yesterday the Senate passed the Juvenile Crime Bill.
It includes background checks for all gun sales at gun shows and pawn shops and requires safety devices to be sold with handguns.
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((SEN. TOM DASCHLE/D-MINORITY LEADER: "WHAT YOU JUST SAW IS THE NRA LOSING ITS GRIP ON THE SENATE." SEN. TRENT LOTT/R-MAJORITY LEADERGUNS DON'T CAUSE PEOPLE TO DO THESE THINGS, SOMETHING IN THEIR BEINGS CAUSES THEM TO DO THESE THINGS."))
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The vote came just a few hours after the Georgia shooting and took a tie breaking vote from the Vice President.
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[ireland-blast]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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In Northern Ireland, another violent attempt to undermine the peace accord.
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[7:13:33]
A bomb went off outside a pub in Catholic West Belfast early this morning injuring four people.
About 250 patrons were drinking in the bar at the time of the attack and the pub's owner admits the situation could have been much worse.
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(( THANK GOD IT DIDN'T HAPPEN ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON, THE MANCHESTER UNITED BAR WOULD BE FULL OF YOUNG CHILDREN, PARENTS BRINGING THEIR KIDS TO WATCH THE MATCH, AND THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND THE CELTIC-RANGERS MATCH. WE WILL HAVE TO STEP UP OUR SECURITY IN ALL OUR BARS." ))
[SUPER=01-Arthur Rooney/Pub Owner;]
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Protestant extremists are suspected in the attack.
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[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


The ambassador from the Vatican is among those who reportedly had to dive for cover during last night's NATO raid on Belgrade.
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[10:13:00]
He was attending a diplomatic reception at the residence of the Swiss ambassador when the nearby bombing of a fuel depot blew the windows out of the home .
The U-S has apologized for the incident. [10:12:24]
The Libyan embassy and six other diplomatic missions also reported damage from the NATO airstrikes.
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[cLIMBERS]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
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[WRITER=mel]
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Two British climbers are safe on the ground after spending a night trapped on Alaska's mount Mckinley.
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[4:14:50]
The men were lifted off the mountain this morning by helicopter.
They are hospitalized in an Anchorage hospital with frostbite.
The climbers were trying to make a quick assault on the mountain's 20-thousand -foot summit when they slipped and fell 300 feet. A third climber who was with them wasn't hurt in the fall.
He's headed back down the mountain on his own.
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[AEP-Powerline]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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Opposition to A-E-P's latest proposed alternative powerline route is growing.
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A new S-C-C report addresses the latest proposed alternate route that would run from Wyoming County, West Virginia, to the Jacksons Ferry station in Wythe County.
The route is shorter than AEP's last proposal ... and the report says it could have a less severe impact on the environment.
But it also asks for a full review of the route.
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Meanwhile, Bland and Wythe County supervisors held a joint meeting to get public input on the new proposed route.
So many opponents showed up, they had to move outside the Bland courthouse.
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Others were concerned about health issues, declining property values, and the need for the line.
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[Arrest-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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A Natural Bridge man is suing a New York police department for two million dollars.
Twenty-year-old Paul Estabrook -- a former Rochester Institute of Technology student -- claims he was thrown to the ground and struck without cause during an arrest near campus.
Estabrook's lawyer says another student took video footage of the alleged beating.
Estabrook was one of nine R-I-T students arrested last May at a semester-ending party.

[E-L'burg-Sheriff]


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Lynchburg's black community is upset over a remark the city's sheriff made about burning crosses on the lawns of city councilmen.
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Sheriff Lawrence Simpson calls it a poor choice of words and that he was only urging his deputies to lobby hard for a four percent pay raise.
But the controversy comes at a time when Lynchburg already is wrestling with allegations of racism in the school system.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE'RE TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD AND TRY TO BRING OUT A BETTER POSITIVE RACIAL AND COMMUNITY SENSE OF BEING AND SENSE OF PRIDE. I'VE BEEN MEETING WITH PEOPLE JUST TODAY ON THAT VERY ISSUE, TRYING TO BUILD COMMUNITY AND THIS DOESN'T REALY HELP, BUT I THINK WE CAN CERTAINLY MOVE BEYOND IT.))
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Simpson says he is not a racist, and only apologized if someone took what he said the wrong way.
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[E-Cabin-Lake]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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It's been nearly two years since their apartments were destroyed by fire, but residents are still fighting for restitution.
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250 people lost their homes in the fire at Cabin Lake apartments, but the cause was undetermined.
Now, 122 of those tenants are seeking 12-million dollars in damages from the owners and management.
TENANTS' attorneys say they've received a document that shows owners had been warned of fire hazards in the buildings.
DEFENSE attorneys say those documents were destroyed or never existed.
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[E-Forest-Land]


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[WRITER=jda]
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Sixty acres of Highland County woodlands are at the heart of an unusual dispute between a man and the federal government.
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Members of Bill Stuart's family have lived in this area for more than 200 years.
At issue is a piece of property, he believes the Forest Service acquired illegally in the 1930s.
He wants it back, even though courts have ruled that the statute of limitations has expired.
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((BILL STUART/HIGHLAND CO. RESIDENT: IT'S THE HISTORY BEHIND THE LAND. IT WAS THE WAY IT WAS TAKEN. TO ME IT WAS TAKEN ILLEGALLY. AND IT'S A MATTER OF JUSTICE TO SET THE MATTER RIGHT.))
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A Forest Service official sided with Stuart a few years ago, but the agency now maintains it has clear title to the property.
District Ranger David Rhodes says court records and documents support the government's claim that the land was acquired legally.
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[E-Greenfield]


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Japanese students will not fall behind in Botetourt County.
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Construction started yesterday on a special Saturday school for children of Japanese employees.
The school will be part of an Education Center in the Greenfield Industrial Park on Route 220.
Local employees will also get skills training in the Education Center when it opens next spring.
Koyo Steering Systems has decided to build its 37-million-dollar office at Greenfield.
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[Blazers]


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The Trail Blazers are heading back to Portland after splitting two games in Utah.
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Isiah Rider scored a career playoff high 27 points.
The Jazz had a chance to send the game into overtime until John Stockton missed a layup in traffic with two seconds to play
The two teams set a playoff record by combining for just 25 points inthe first quarter.
They tied the mark with 63 first half points.
The Blazers took game two of the conference semifinals series 84-81 over the Jazz.
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[Knicks]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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Latrell Sprewell has given the New York Knicks a stranglehold on their NBA playoff clash with Atlanta.
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Spreewell poured in 31 points for the second straight night.
Despite missing 14 of its first 15 shots, and falling behind 13-2 midway throught the opening quarter, the Knicks won their second straight over the HAwks 77-70.
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[S-NBA]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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The Orlando Magic's shot in the NBA playoffs is over, but its unlikley that the team would have ever made the postseason this year without
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[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL; :00]


Darrell Armstrong. Yesterday he was named the league's most improved player after averaging 14 points, 7 assists and 2 steals a game.
He becomes the first player to win both the most improved and sixth man awards in the same year.
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[S-Softball]


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The two time NCAA division two softball champs were defeated yesterday as the tournament opened in Salem.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Vulcans vs Lopers; :]


The Lopers of Nebraska (Car-nee) Kearney were anxious to take a shot at the highly regarded Vulcans.
Kearney threatened to score in the first. With a runner on second California left fielder Meggan Wilton makes this diving catch to end the inning stranding a runner on second base.
The Lopers would get on the board in the second, as designated player Terrisa Eckmann sends this pitch over the wall for a two run homer and Kearney would take the two to nothing lead.
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Kearney pitcher Amanda Kelly would get in the groove she struck out the side in the third and Nebraska upsets Cal-PA 4-to-nothing.
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[S-Tech]


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The Atlantic 10 baseball tournament opened last night with Virginia Tech beating Temple 4 to 3.
Pat Pinkman went the distance and got the win.
Earlier in the day, the Hokies put Barry Gauch and Matt Griswold on the first team all-conference team.
Tech pitcher Jason Bush was named rookie of the year in the A-10, and Larry Bowles earned a rare double making second team all-conference as both a pitcher and a first baseman.
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By the way - Bowles extended his hitting streak to 23 games yesterday. Giles product Chris Hutchinson keyed the win with a two run homer.
Tech plays this afternoon at 4.

[S-UVa]


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UVA's performance was not a grand slam in the ACC tournament in Durham, North Carolina.
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[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Wolfpack vs. Cavaliers; :00]


Wednesday the Cavs lost to Wake Forest by one run, yesterday they had to comeback and beat N.C. State to stay alive in the loser's bracket.
But it was not to be as the Wolfpack's Matt Postell hits a two
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run homer in the first inning. He had 5 R-B-I's as N.C. State wins it 9-to-6 to knock the Cavs out of the tourney.
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[S-Indy]


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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway appearently reoslved the controversy surrounding it last night.
Sports Illustrated Motor sports writer Ed Hinton was denied credentials to
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[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN; :00]


cover this month's race, because Indy owner Tony George objected to SI's coverage of the IRL deaths in Charlotte.


Many media outlets threatended to boycott the Indy 500 if Hinton wasn't given access to the track. Last night (------------) George gave in, reluctantly.