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It's back to the classroom today at the site of the nation's deadly school shooting.
And an argument leads to murder in Pittsylvania County.
Morning clouds are slowly giving way to a partly sunny afternoon. Tomorrow the heat and humidity return.
News 7 at noon is next.
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Some very mixed feelings today, as students return to the scene of the shooting rampage in Colorado that shocked a nation.
Back to school at Columbine High included a rally and ribbon cutting as students try to move past the nightmare on April 20th when two of their classmates opened fire killing 12 students, a teacher and then themselves.
The new school year also includes increased security measures.
Drew Levinson joins us from in Littleton with the story.
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((CALLING IT A DAY TO TAKE BACK THEIR SCHOOL-THE TWO-THOUSAND STUDENTS OF COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL RETURNED TO CLASS HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE LAST APRIL'S DEADLY RAMPAGE.
PROTECTED BY A HUMAN WALL OF PARENTS AND FRIENDS... THEY MARCHED BACK TO
SOT: MIKE SHEEHAN, STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT
AT A RALLY THIS MORNING... THE COLUMBINE FAMILY GATHERED TO DRAW STRENGTH FROM EACH OTHER AND TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR THEIR FUTURE.
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"NO MORE DISCRIMINATION...
RETURNING STUDENTS.. WILL OF COURSE.. FIND NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THAT
HORRIBLE DAY IN APRIL, ALTHOUGH MANY CARRY PERMANENT PSYCHOLOGICAL SCARS
OF THE DAY FELLOW STUDENTS DYLAN KLEBOLD AND ERIC HARRIS KILLED 12 STUDENTS AND A TEACHER. STUDENTS WILL FIND INCREASED SECURITY THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR IDENTIFICATION BADGES.
(NATS OF KIDS RETURNING)
BUT TODAY... THE FOCUS IS NOT ON NEW RULES BUT ON TAKING BACK A SCHOOL MANY THOUGHT THEY MAY HAVE LOST.))
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One man is dead and another has been charged with murder in Pittsylvania County.
Authorities say 36 year old Kevin Blake Keen was fatally stabbed in the chest shortly before 10 last night in the Cascade Community.
37 year old Troy Anthony Potter has been arrested and charged with Keen's murder
He's being held without bond in the Pittsylvania County jail.
A witness told police the two men were arguing shortly before the stabbing.
It happened inside Potter's home.
Authorities have tentatively identified the body of a man found in Smith Mountain Lake over the weekend.
They believe it's 36-year-old John Schmidt who disappeared June fifth when he fell off a boat.
Divers searched for three days but were unable to find his body in the lake.
A fisherman found it floating on the water Saturday Morning.
Results of the autopsy are expected Wednesday.
The trial of a renowned government informant is underway in federal court this afternoon.
Michael Fulcher, his wife and mother are among five people charged in a complex conspiracy to distribute marijuana at the Bland prison.
Fulcher intends to show he was only trying to gather information for authorities that would implicate prisoners and guards as drug traffickers.
The trial may take more than two weeks.
Roanoke Senate Candidate William Fralin says his opponent's plan to address safety on Interstate 81 is too little too late.
Last week, the Democratic incumbent, John Edwards outlined a plan that includes hiring 100 additional state troopers to patrol I- 81.
But this morning, Fralin said Edwards has done little in the last four years to address the safety issue.
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((WILLIAM FRALIN/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: AND AFTER ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TEN DAYS IN OFFICE HE CAME FORWARD LAST WEEK AT A NEWS CONFERENCE TO TRY AND SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH A BAND-AID ON A HEMORRHAGING WOUND.))
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Today, Edwards described Fralin's comments as negative campaigning... a smokescreen designed to hide his own lack of ideas.
Edwards said he has proposed a positive, responsible, and immediate solution.
A Fincastle woman was killed this morning when her car collided with a pick-up truck.
State police say 25- year- old Donna Howell Charles was driving on Route 6-40 in Botetourt County, when she crossed the double line and crashed into the pick-up.
The collision happened at about 8-30, Charles died at short while later.
The driver of the truck was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Traffic is moving again on Route 116 near the Roanoke-Franklin County line.
Dispatchers say a beer truck overturned around midnight and crews worked into the morning to clean up the accident.
It happened near the intersection with Carr (Roos) Rouse Road.
Some veterans say they're boycotting President Clinton's speech today at national veteran's convention in Kansas City.
The president left Washington this morning.
He'll be speaking before the Veterans of Foreign War.
The White House says he wants the group to back his efforts to get more funding from Congress for his foreign affairs programs.
Meantime there is one less Republican in the running for the top job at the White House.
Lamar Alexander is dropping out of the 2-thousand presidential race following his sixth place finish in Saturday's straw poll in Iowa.
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Still ahead it could have been an episode of COPS... an hour-long car chase that lead police through the streets of Roanoke.
And Russia's new prime minister already has a crisis to deal with as war breaks out in a Russian territory.
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The man who led police on a chase through the streets of Roanoke yesterday morning now faces a number of charges.
It all started on Campbell Avenue at Market Square, when an officer tried to pull over a vehicle going the wrong way down a one way street.
The driver, Gary Wayne Proctor, wouldn't stop and lead police on a pursuit into Old Southwest.
Residents witness proctor crash into cars on Howbert Street.
He reportedly rammed car underneath a porch of a house, hit several vehicles including a police car and tried to hit a pedestrian.
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((JEFF JANSEN: HE WAS JUST BOUNCING OFF CARS, POLICE HAD HIM BLOCKED IN SO TO SPEAK. HE WAS BASHING CARS, BACK AND FORTH, REVERSE, AND FORWARD UP IN THE YARDS))
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Police fired seven shots at Proctor, but didn't hit him.
After he was finally captured, police charged Proctor with five counts of attempted malicious wounding, possession of a concealed weapon, failure to stop for police and driving the wrong way on a one way street.
A busy downtown Roanoke street has reopened.
The southbound lanes of Williamson between Salem and Campbell Avenues are open again after being closed for several weeks.
The street was shut down because the city was concerned that the Old Shenandoah Hotel might fall on it.
An anchor system has now been installed to brace the exterior wall of the hotel.
The hotel is being renovated by Center in the Square for future use by the Mill Mountain theater.
Before long you could be "driving" through the information highway.. literally.
And while you are cruising around, you can mail letters to the home of the real Blair Witch.
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's WebWatch.
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Internet access is moving from the desktop to the dashboard. General Motors will test market cars with voice-activated internet service. It's creating an independed unit called E-GM, to coordinate all it's internet activities.
You've felt drought and seen the numbers, but if you want to really SEE how low Carvin's Cove is, save yourself a trip by visiting the Cove-cam on the Roanoke city website... City officials hope in re-inforces the need for on-going mandatory water restrictions.
Internet postage is almost online. Two websites are up... Stamps-dot-com will offer free software and should begin selling online next month.... E-Stamp is up and running now, but you have to buy a small piece of hardware that plugs into the back of your computer. Both sites let you print the stamp directly on your envelope... other companies are expected to follow suit.
Want to know the Truth behind the Blair Witch Project? Ask the "witches" themselves.
So many people got caught up in the legend created by the film-makes, the people of Burkittsville Maryland set up a website telling folks IT'S JUST A MOVIE!!!
The site reveals the real history of the small town, and, if you send them them a nice, a creative letter with a self-addressed stamped envelope, the folks in Burkittsville say they'll try to write back, and you'll have a stamp with an authentic Burkittsville postmark.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
A (Doe-broe) dobro player from Jefferson, North Carolina took top honors at this year's Old Fiddler's Convention.
Randy Pasley was named "best all-around performer" when awards were handed out early yesterday morning.
Thousands of fans of bluegrass and old-time music gathered in Felts Park all week for the 64th annual convention.
Bragging rights and twenty- thousand dollars in cash prizes were at stake in the individual and band competitions.
The group, M-T-V, from Bristol won the bluegrass band contest.
And the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, from Galax, were named the top old- time band.
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We have a list of ALL the winners posted on our website-- go to WDBJ-7-com and click on WebWatch.
Russia's parliament appears to be in no mood for a political fight with President Boris Yeltsin.
The Russian parliament today approved Yeltsin's latest candidate for prime minister.
Meantime, tensions between Russian troops and rebels may be coming to a head.
David Hawkins reports.
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((Vladimir Putin, was elected today as Russia's new Prime Minister in a landslide parliamentary vote... but he already has a crisis on his hands.
In the southern Russian territory of Dagestan, Fundamentalist Islamic rebels have been battling the Russian military over control of a handful of remote mountain villages.
Russian forces have stepped up air and artillery attacks against the rebels... and say the rebels will wiped out in a week or so.
Russia says 14 of its soldiers and 200 rebels have already been killed in the fighting.
The guerrillas, led by Chechen warlords who defeated Russia in a civil war two years ago, are waging a Holy War against Russia... and have declared Dagestan an independent Islamic state.
Neighboring Chechnya... which insists it is not behind the rebellion... has declared a state-of-emergency... fearing the conflict will spread throughout the region.
There's been speculation in Moscow that the Kremlin plans to use the conflict in Dagestan as an excuse to cancel upcoming elections. But as his new prime minister headed to parliament for confirmation...
President Yeltsin dismissed those rumors. "The situation is calm," Yeltsin told reporters today. "There will be no emergency measures."))
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One of the world's engineering marvels is celebrating an anniversary today-- and it's about to get a new owner.
That's the next story on News-7 at Noon.
And on the anniversary of his death, thousands of people flocked to his home to pay their respects to the King.
Stay with us.
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A celebration is underway in Panama.
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The parties and dances are in honor of the 85th anniversary of the Panama Canal.
And this anniversary is especially important, because this year the U-S hands over the canal's administration to Panama.
Since its opening on August 15th , 19-14, almost 825-thousand boats have travelled through the canal.
Now about 35 cargo ships pass down it every day, mostly from the United States, China, Japan and Chile.
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.
And more than two decades later thousands still flock to Graceland to pay respect to the King at his Graceland mansion.
A Candlelight vigil was held last night, the highlight of Elvis week.
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((FAITH ROGERS: "I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE ELVIS FAN...I DON'T KNOW WHY...IT'S NOT LIKE I WAS AROUND WHEN HE WAS ALIVE...BUT I'VE ALWAYS HAD THIS MAJOR THING FOR ELVIS...AND WE COME HERE EVERY YEAR."))
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Elvis is buried by a small garden beside the estate's swimming pool.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 25 points.
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Still ahead in Sports-- Tiger may have won the P-G-A Championship.
But all eyes were on another young player-- 19 year old Sergio Garcia.
Andrew will have the highlights when News-7 at Noon returns.
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The last major golf tournament of the century featured its two youngest stars.
23 year old Tiger Woods held on to beat 19 year old Sergio Garcia by a stroke.
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Woods shook Garcia's hand before both teed off in the final round.
Tiger saw a five shot lead disappear in a little less than 3 holes but this par putt on the 17-th green gave him a one shot lead with one hole left to play.
But Garcia had a chance at 18 to tie for the lead but his 15 foot birdie putt missed-- he pars the hole finishing at 71 for a total of 278.
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With a one shot lead all Tiger had to do was par 18. He tapped it in for an even par 72 to finish at 277, 11 under par and one shot in front of Garcia.
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Jay Hass and Stewart Cink tied for third at 280.
Jeff Gordon loves the road courses.
He picked up his fifth straight win on a road course yesterday taking the checkered flag at the Frontier at the Glen.
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Boris Said, who started on the outside front row, was the leader by 3 seconds over Kenny Wallace after 27 laps.
Pole setter Rusty Wallace made his move and he led the race with Jeff Gordon second with 52 laps left.
Then Rookie Tony Stewart, making his first race at the Glen, lost control in one of the turns he dropped back to the 24-th position with 50 laps to go.
Jerry Nadeau, in the Cartoon Network Car, took the point and he was the leader just past the halfway mark of the race.
Rich Bickle spins out on the track for the second time and ends up in the sand bringing out the caution.
But no one on the track could catch Gordon and he would hold off Ron Fellows to win the Frontier at the Glen.
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Fellows was second, Rusty Wallace third, Points leader Dale Jarrett fourth and Jerry Nadeau fifth.
The Salem Avalanche broke a six game losing streak last night by beating the Potomac Cannons 7 to 4.
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A future baseball star hung out with the Avalanche during the playing of the National Anthem.
The Cannons got on the board first. David Kim got all of this pitch and it ended up over the right field wall for a solo homer and a 1 to nothing lead.
But the Avalanche rallied-- Doug Livingston pops up to centerfield-- William Oretega falls down and Jay Jones rounds the bases to score the run.
Salem would take the lead as Mark Hamlin hits this two run homer over the left centerfield wall scoring Brian Keck to make it 5 to 4 and the Avalanche win it 7 to 4.
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It was a big day for Sammy Sosa in Mark McGwire's ballpark.
Sosa hit two homers yesterday-- this two run shot over the left field wall in the top of the first gave the Cubs a 3 to nothing lead and Sosa's 45-th homer of the season.
Sosa would connect again in the top of the third-- a two run homer over the right field wall for his second on the day but the Cardinals win the game 6 to 5.
Sosa trails Mark McGwire by one home run.