Students are back at Heritage High School in Georgia, the site of the latest school shooting.
And the pro wrestler, nicknamed ``Blue Blazer'' falls 50 feet to his death as a sold out crowd watches in disbelief.
News 7 at noon is next.
It's the first day of classes at Heritage High School since last week's shooting that left 6 students wounded.
Only one student is still hospitalized with a bullet lodged in her stomach.
Cathy Moss has the latest from Conyers, Georgia.
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((BUSES ROLLED AGAIN AT HERITAGE HIGH IN CONYERS, GA...STUDENTS ARRIVING TO BIG HUGS FROM TEACHERS.
MANY ADMIT ON THIS FIRST DAY BACK, SOME OF THE 1300 STUDENTS ARE OVERWHELMED.
"THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE IT THE WORST... ...THE SHOCK."
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"I'M EMPHASISIZNG... ...IS SAFE."
HERITAGE IS THE LATEST SCHOOL TO GAIN NATIONAL ATTENTION BECAUSE OF A SHOOTING. ON THURSDAY, A 15 YEAR OLD STUDENT ALLEGEDLY BROUGHT 2 WEAPONS ONTO CAMPUS AND OPENED FIRE.
SIX STUDENTS WERE INJURED, NONE HAVE LFE-THREATENING INJURIES.
REMARKABLY 4 OF THE INJURED STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN TO SCHOOL TODAY.
NOT RETURNING TO SCHOOL, THE SUSPECTED GUMMAN, TJ SOLOMON. AUTHORITIES SAY HE REMAINS IN A LOCAL YOUTH DETENTION CENTER AND COULD STILL BE CHARGED AS AN ADULT LATER IN THE WEEK.
MEANWHILE INSIDE THE SCHOOL, THE AFTERMATH OF THE SHOOTING HAS ALL BEEN CLEANED UP. AND WHILE THEY'LL NEVER FORGET, STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT DOUG POWERS SAYS THERE MAY EVEN BE ROOM IN EVERYONE'S HEART TO FORGIVE THE
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"HE'S HOT GUILT... HE NEED COMFORT."
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The world wrestling Federation is investigating the death of one of its star performers.
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Thirty-three year old Owen Hart, known as ``Blue Blazer,'' plunged to his death last night in front of thousands of fans in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was being lowered from the ceiling of an arena when his cable broke loose.
He fell some 50 feet.
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FAN:HE HIT FACE FIRST, AND KIND OF BOUNCED AND ROLLED OVER.))
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At first many in the sold out crowd thought it was a hoax.
The event was also being shown on pay per view.
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Serb officials are asking residents to exercise patience during what they call a ``humanitarian disaster.''
NATO missiles this morning hit a power plant near Belgrade.
The power outages have stopped electric pumps, threatening water supplies in much of Yugoslavia.
Meantime, its a crisis at the borders.
Thousands of Kosovars today are flooding into neighboring Macedonia and Albania.
Russ Mitchell reports.
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A major decision on sexual harassment today from the U-S Supreme Court that could potentially affect every school in the land.
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The justices ruled that teachers who don't stop students from sexually harrassing other students can be sued.
The court found that educators who fail to prevent such harassment may be in violation of a federal anti-bias law.
Another ruling might put those real-life police shows big trouble.
The court says police violate privacy rights when they allow the news media to come along.
The man charged with the capital murder of a Lynchburg teenager is on trial today.
33- year- old Darryl Lamont Fleming is accused of the fatal stabbing of 16- year- old Corey T. Pennix.
Police say the killing was drug- related.
The trail is expected to last all week.
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Star Wars Episode One was stellar at the box office this weekend-- but did it defeat the dinosaurs?
We'll have the answers a bit later in the newscast.
And we'll take a look at an old tradition that's brought thousands of people from across the country to the Roanoke Valley.
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Wythe County authorities are calling the weekend deaths of two residents, a murder suicide.
Authorities say Wayne Payne shot his estranged wife Angela, and then took his own life.
Joy Sutton has more.
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((According to authorities, 39-year old Angela Payne was shot and found in a car at the intersection of Wysor Highway and Reed Creek Drive.
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((KERMIT OSBORNE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF: ANGELA PAYNE WAS DEAD AT THE TIME...3 GUN SHOTS...TWO TO THE NECK..AND ONE TO THE SIDE OF THE FACE.))
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When police arrived at Payne's home at 283 Aldershot Lane...they found smoke inside...from a fire in the living room.
Payne was found in a bedroom dead from a gun shot wound to the head...authorities say he was holding a 9mm semi-automatic gun in his hand.
Neighbors are wondering just what happened...Charles Riddle said he knew that the couple had recently separated but had no idea anything like this would happen.
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((CHARLES RIDDLE/NEIGHBOR: I KIND OF WISH I HAD TALKED TO WAYNE A LITTLE MORE..MAYBE HELP HIM DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT HE SPLIT AND STUFF WITH HIS WIFE.))
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Mark Lefler had worked with Angela at the Volvo Plant and had known Wayne for more than 15 years...he was shocked to hear the news.
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((MARK LEFLER: I KNEW THEY WERE SEPARATED..BUT AS FAR AS HAVING BAD PROBLEM....I NEVER KNEW THAT.))
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Joy Sutton, News-7, Wythe County.))
A family member said Angela Payne had moved out of the couple's home just two months ago.
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Our coverage of the death of a suspect in a moonshining investigation and the actions of federal agents brought comments from a relative.
Some thoughts on the apparent suicide of Ramsey Helms, in this week's Feedback.
Here's assignnment editor Joe McKean.
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((The owner of a farm supply store in Rocky Mount, Helms was one of the figures singled out in a federal search warrant affidavit filed in support of Operation Lightning--the recent crackdown on moonshining in western Virginia.
Helms died of a self-inflicted gunshot a week ago.
His first cousin wrote:
"I suppose I could blame the press but, overall, most of the press has, in my opinion, been fair. What is not fair, professional and ethical is the conduct of state and federal ABC officials/investigators as to the statements about Ramsey. He was not charged or convicted of any crime. To label him as a major figure before being charged is very unprofessional and the officers responsible should be dismissed from their positions. I am proud to be in the Helms family and kin to Ramsey. I will remember him, as a young boy, playing and working on his family farm. He was always mild-mannered and soft-spoken. He is far from the criminal ABC officials have portrayed him to be."
Your thoughts on the people and events of our time are always welcome.
Letters should be addressed to News-7, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke. The zip code is 24002-0007.
If you prefer to send a fax, the number is 540-343-7269.
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And you can take part in a moderated on-line forum at our web sit, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Thousands of "brethren" from around the country are in the Roanoke Valley.
The annual conference of the brethen of the German Baptist Church is now in its third day.
Members spent yesterday listening to sermons and eating meals together.
This year's annual conference wraps up tomorrow.
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It's had weeks of hype and next on News-7 at Noon
we'll find out how the Phantom Menace faired at the box office.
Some studio executives might be disappointed.
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Microsoft is a winner in the workplace, but not in court, at least not yet.
And NASA fails a security scan.
Those are a few of the stories Eric Earnhart has in WebWatch.
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It seems Microsoft is winning the browser war, at least in the workplace. A recent survey of 300 companies found 60 percent using Internet Explorer... just six months ago, the same survey had Netscape on top.
But what sounds like good news for Microsoft, could actually help the government's case that the company is monopolizing the Internet software market.
NASA is apparently way behind in CYBER-space. Investigators looking into NASA security had no trouble breaking into its computers... finding some areas had passwords they could easily guess... some had NO passwords at all. The Government Accounting Office concluded hackers could easily disrupt NASA command and control operations... NASA is working on the problem.
If you can't get enough music, you might enjoy Spinner.... It's basically a web-based radio, that plays about 100 different pre-programmed music channels in styles ranging from classic to big band, alternative rock to opera.
Spinner also works with your web brower to pull up information about the artists, and how to buy their CD's online.
For links to these sites, click on Webwatch, on the WDBJ website at WDBJ 7-dot-com.))
It looks like the Star Wars ''prequel'' was no match for the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park.
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After setting an opening-day record, ''The Phantom Menace'' was able to bring in just under 62 million dollars in its opening weekend.
That's far short of the record 72 million dollar debut of the Jurassic Park sequel, ''The Lost World,'' two years ago.
Since its release on Wednesday the Star Wars film has grossed 102 million, some analyst had predicted that number would be around 140 million.
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And yes there were other films in the theaters this weekend.
The Mummy came in second place with 13 point one million, followed by Entrapment, the Matrix and then The Love Letter.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 96 points.
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Coming up in sports--
The U-V-A men's lacrosse team adavances to the final four of the N-C-double-A championships--
And two of the final four in the N-B-A playoffs were decided yesterday, while two other teams are only one game away--
This and more coming up after the break--
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The University of Virginia Men's Lacross team advanced to the N-C-double-A Final Four yesterday with a 17 to 10 win over Delaware.
The third-seeded Cavaliers will try to down the second-seeded BlueJays of Johns Hopkins this coming weekend in the semifinals at the University of Maryland.
The other semifinal pits eight seed Syracuse against number five seed Georgetown.
Virginia is back in the final four for the first time since 19-96.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks finished their series at Memorial Stadium yesterday beating the Salem Avalanche 10 to 1.
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It was kids day at Memorial Stadium as the Avalanche hosted the Blue Rocks.
Wilmington took the lead in the third. Brandon Burger hits this grounder up the middle a runner scores from third and the Blue Rocks take a one to nothing lead.
Wilmington continued to rally. Jose Cepeda hits this double to centerfield two more runs score this time and the Blue Rocks upped that lead to 3 to nothing.
Still in the third Vic Radcliffe hits a line drive down the third base line scoring another run to make it 4 to nothing and the Blue Rocks get the sweep with the 10 to 1 win.
Another note in local diamond action--
After winning its second Atlantic 10 crown in four years, Virginia Tech's baseball team waits today to learn where it'll go for postseason play.
The N-C-A-A Division One tournament pairings will be announced today at 3 p.m . and televised by E-S-P-N.
The tournament begins Friday at 16 sites around the country.
Indiana cleaned up against Philadelphia yesterday, sweeping the Eastern Conference semifinal with the 89 to 86 win over the Sixers.
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Philly fell behind early as Eric Snow misses but Matt Geiger is there for the follow up jam to make it 19 to 10 Indiana.
The Sixers rallied in the second quarter. Allen Iverson drives to the hoop for the score and the three point play cutting the lead to 7.
But the Pacers get out on the break--Reggie Miller passing to Mark Jackson for the layup and a 12 point lead.
Philadelphia would tie the game at 77 when Iverson drives and hits the runner jumper.
But in the end Indiana's Reggie Miller hits the running jumper off the glass and the Pacers win it 89 to 86.
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Also in the Eastern Conference semis---there could be another sweep in the making.
The Atlanta Hawks are 3 games down to New York after yesterday afternoon's game at Madison Square Garden.
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Lenny Wilkins with a look of concern in the first.
And his Hawks responded.
Dikembe Mutombo hits the boards hard coming up with the put back jam but Atlanta trailed 17 to 14.
New York put on the pressure defense. Marcus Camby with the steal and the jam at the other end of the floor--the Knicks led by 13.
Allan Houston floats into the paint and hits the running jumper for two of 17 points in the game.
Lattrell Srewell also chipped in 17 points as the Knicks beat the Hawks 90 to 78 to put them within one game of being the first number eight seed to advance to a conference final.
In the Western conference semis--
Keeping with the theme, San Antonio sweeps the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tim Duncan had 33 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs beat the Lakers 118 to 107.
And the Portland Trail Blazers are on win away from eliminating M-V-P Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz.
The Blazers won last night's game 81 to 75 and leads the series 3 to 1.