School buses are half full as middle schoolers return to the classroom the day after a campus shooting.
And the details on Roanoke's traditional new year's event.
News 7 at noon is next.
In the Netherlands today a student has opened fire at his high school.
Dutch T-V reports the seventeen year shot three students and a teacher before turning himself in.
This latest school shooting comes one day after a 13 year Oklahoma boy shot four students at his middle school.
Classes resumed today, but with extra security and counselors on hand.
Teresa Estacio reports.
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[SUPER=03-Fort Gibson, OK;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Steve Wilmoth/School Superintendent;]
[SUPER=01-Richard Slader/Police Chief;]
((RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER MONDAY'S SHOOTING STRUCK THIS MIDDLE SCHOOL,
STUDENTS ATTEMPTED TO GET BACK TO NORMAL. HOWEVER WITH SOME CLASSMATES
STILL IN THE HOSPITAL, THAT ISN'T EASY. COUNSELING SESSIONS PROVIDED
(SOT, DR. STEVE WILMOTH, SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT, paraphrased, kids were writing cards, some were saying prayers)
THE FT. GIBSON SUPERINTENDENT STRUGGLED WITH TACKLING THE TOUGH SUBJECT.
(SOT, DR. STEVE WILMOTH, SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT, gets emotional)
SO MANY QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED AS TO WHY 13-YEAR OLD SETH TRICKEY
ALLEGEDLY OPENED FIRE, UNLOADING 15 ROUNDS ON HIS FELLOW STUDENTS.
(SOT, RICHARD SLADER, POLICE CHIEF, gun bought by his father)
ALSO POLICE SAY THE GUN WAS PURCHASED AT A WALMART STORE SOMETIME IN 1993.
BESIDES THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF THE DAY, KIDS ALSO FACED METAL DETECTORS IN HOPES OF PREVENTING ANOTHER SENSELESS SHOOTING.
(ESTACIO STANDUP CLOSE, about tonight's community meeting)))
A former head teller was sentenced this morning to serve more than three years in prison for embezzling 83-thousand dollars from the Bank of Floyd.
Karen Villarini had over- stated the amount of mutilated money in the vault.
Her theft was discovered only after she quit her job at the bank in February of 1997 and moved to Florida.
She'll have to begin paying back the money she took once she's done her time.
Judge James Turk gave Villarini until mid-January to report to a federal prison in Florida where she'll spend the next 40 months.
Roanoke's First Night festival will feature some special events to mark the arrival of the year 2000.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 31, 1998;]
Organizers of the annual alcohol-free activities say they expect people will want to ring in the new year together.
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[IN Q=I think people]
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FIRST NIGHT DIRECTOR: I THINK PEOPLE THIS YEAR DON'T WANT TO BE OFF SEGREGATING THEMSELVES, DOING THE SAME NEW YEAR'S EVE KINDS OF THINGS. THEY WANT MORE OF AN ALTERNATIVE, MORE OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE TOGETHER, TO HAVE A REAL SENSE OF COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/First Night Director;]
[OUT Q=sense of community.]
This year, people will be able to contribute items for a time capsule, and send messages by ham radio around the world.
First Night will set off a fireworks display at midnight to mark the beginning of 2000.
Campbell County farmers are not happy with the latest effort to make it harder for those controversial hog farms to move in.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
[IN Q=The original idea]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hugh Pendleton/Campbell Co. Supervisor; :19]
[SUPER=01-Calvin Carter/Campbell Co. Supervisor; :26]
[SUPER=01-Hugh Rosser/Campbell Co. Supervisor; :49]
[SUPER=01-Carter Elliott/Dairy Farmer; 1:03]
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.]
(( The original idea was to closely regulate large- scale farms.. in particular swine breeding operations.. and make it harder for a potential hog farm to move into Campbell County.
Three supervisors said there was no need to include dairy and cattle in that definition.
((HUGH PENDLETON/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: I SEE NO NEED FOR RESTRICTIONS AT THIS TIME ON CATTLE OR DAIRY, AND THAT'S WHY I LEFT THEM OUT OF THE MOTION.))
[OUT Q=the motion.]
((CALVIN CARTER/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD NOT PUT ANY HAMSTRING AROUND THE FARMERS' NECK, THAT'S WHERE WE GET OUR DAILY FOOD FROM.))
[OUT Q=food from.]
But Pendleton's motion failed.. and after making some minor changes, the board adopted the original ordinance that sets limits on the number of animals a facility can hold and how close it can be to nearby homes.
The four supervisors who voted for it say the county's farmers will never notice the difference.
((HUGH ROSSER/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: I DON'T SEE HOW IT'S GOING TO AFFECT MYSELF OR YOU AS FAMILY OPERATORS ON YOUR FARM.))
[OUT Q=on your farm.]
But farmers say they're now paying the price for the well- publicized sins of the hog industry.
((CARTER ELLIOTT/DAIRY FARMER: AN INTENSIVE FARMER IS STILL A FAMILY FARM, AND WE OPERATE ON SO MANY MORE REGULATIONS THAN DOES A NON- INTENSIVE FARMER, AND I THINK REALLY A LOT OF THE BOARD MEMBERS STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS.))
[OUT Q=don't understand this.]
((Farmers have threatened to take the board of supervisors to court if the ordinance passed. There was no word, however, after the meeting whether that will be their next move. Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
[OUT Q=Smallshaw, News7.]))
What little hope there was for the Mars Polar Lander is now as thin as the Martian atmosphere.
[10;09:43- 8 pm newspath]
A critical ``window'' for hearing from the lander passed during the night with no signal.
If the lander's computer had slipped into a ``safe mode," this was the time it should have sent a message.
Chances of ever hearing from the lander now are considered remote at best.
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((RICHARD COOK, MARS POLAR LANDER TEAM, "WE'RE PRETTY MUCH REACHING THE POINT WHERE WE'VE USED OUR FINAL SILVER BULLETS))
[SUPER=01-Richard Cook/Mars Polar Lander Team;]
[OUT Q=used or final silver bullets.]
Still it could be two weeks before the mission is officially declared a failure.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Layoffs are dampening the Christmas spirit for hundreds of workers in our area.
The details are still ahead on News-7 at noon.
And we'll remember the attack the brought the U-S into World War Two.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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On this day in 19-41 more than 350 Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U-S Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
[SUPER=03-Pearl Harbor, HI/December 7, 1941;]
The Japanese planes hit, sunk or severely damaged eight U-S battleships, including the Arizona and 14 smaller ships, destroyed 200 aircraft and killed more than 2-thousand servicemen.
The following day Congress declared war on Japan.
The two men charged with blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, are trying to get some charges thrown out.
[SUPER=03-Camp Zeist, Netherlands;]
In a pre-trial session, the lawyers requested that the court drop conspiracy- to- murder charges against their clients.
[SUPER=03-Lockerbie, Scotland/ December 22, 1988;]
The men would still face 270 counts of murder, one for each bombing victim.
Today's hearing was the first time the suspects had been seen in public since Libya handed them over for trial in the 19-88 bombing.
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[IN Q=IT'S THE FIRST STEP...]
((DAVID BEN ARYEH, SPOKESMAN FOR VICTIM'S RELATIVES; IT'S THE STEP ON A JOURNEY THAT STARTED THE 21ST OF DECEMBER 1988. IT'S ANOTHER STEP ON A VERY LONG JOURNEY. THEY WANT TRUTH, THEY WANT JUSTICE. NOTHING MORE,
[SUPER=01-David Ben Aryeh/Victim's Relatives Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.]
If convicted, the men face up to life behind bars and would serve out their sentences in Scotland's highest-security prison.
The new year will mean no job for 400 workers at the Volvo plant in Dublin.
The Vice President of Manufacturing issued this letter to employees yesterday, stating cutbacks were necessary because of a decline in orders for new trucks.
Despite the company's confirmation of the layoffs - the local 20-69 United Auto Workers Union said that talks of layoffs are just rumors, and an official said the Union won't respond until it's definite.
A Volvo spokesman says the company's expansion plans are still on track.
Volvo Trucks employs about 32-hundred people, and took on 700 new workers just this year.
In Southside, 400 former employees of Tultex may have a hard time finding new jobs.
Tultex shut down sewing operations at its South Boston plant last week.
Workers heading to the employment office are finding that without Tultex, South Boston's job market is tight.
Even before the layoffs, the area had one of the highest unemployment rates in the state-- nearly 7 percent.
The company that operates 30 mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky plans to sell its coal operations.
Pittston officials say the liabilities and performance of the coal industry prompted the decision.
The company will focus on its Brink's armored car and home security businesses and its B-A-X Global transportation and freight business.
The owner of a Botetourt County home for adults is under investigation for possibly stealing residents' money.
The Richwood Home serves about 29 elderly and handicapped adults.
Deputies say residents sign their monthly checks over to the home's owner, Caren Simpson.
They're supposed to have about 34 to 54 dollars left over from state subsidies each month to spend on personal items.
But the State Licensing Board found more than 12-hundred-dollars missing from patients' accounts in OCTOBER.
And even though residents signed their checks over to the owner at the beginning of NOVEMBER, that money was still missing at the end of the month.
Deputies seized almost 50 documents from Richwood yesterday and say they may file charges within the next two weeks.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Tech players keep getting blitzed with honors.
We'll have the details a little later in the newscast.
And soon you'll be able to watch tv and talk on the phone using the same equipment.
Get a glimpse of the future when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
The Virginia General Assembly elected to ring in the next millenium has one more female member than the last one.
All told, however, women hold only 16-percent of house and senate seats.
And two of its senior-most women members will NOT be back.
One chaired the House committee on Corporations, Insurance, and Banking.
[IN Q=It's inside]
((DEL. VIOLA BASKERVILLE/D-RICHMOND: IT'S INSIDE BASEBALL FOR US WHO ARE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, DAY IN DAY OUT, DURING THE SESSION, BUT SOMETIMES THAT INFORMATION, AS FAR AS HOW THINGS WORK AND WHO'S IN A POSITION TO MAKE SOME POWERFUL DECISIONS, DOESN'T NECESSARILY GET OUT TO THE VOTERS.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Viola Baskerville/(D) Richmond; ]
[OUT Q=to the voters.]
But some argue that women don't really need to hold elective office to have their interests protected.
[IN Q=You know]
((ROBIN DEJARNETTE/FAMILY FOUNDATION: YOU KNOW, ALL THESE MEN HAVE WIVES, AND MOTHERS, AND DAUGHTERS THAT THEY CARE VERY DEEPLY ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Robin DeJarnette/Family Foundation; ]
[OUT Q=deeply about.]
Virginia's population is 51-percent female.
The House of Delegates is now 15-percent female.
20-percent of state senators are women.
It could be the next big thing in cell phones.
[SUPER=03-Seoul, South Korea;]
That's the goal of a South Korea electronics company.
It's new phone has a 1.8-inch high liquid crystal display screen and a high-performance antenna capable of receiving both phone and television signals.
The T-V turns on with the touch of a button, which is located above the phone keypad, and if a call comes in while the TV is in use, the device goes into "phone mode" automatically.
And the T-V phone runs on battery power.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 108 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still to come in sports, after a phenomenal freshman season, the honors for Michael Vick keep rolling in.
and Tampa Bay improves to 8 and 4 after beating Minnesota with a little help from a local star.
Patrick has the highlights next.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Earlier this season, Tiki Barber had a break out game for the Giants.
Last night, it was his brother Ronde's turn, as he helped cap Tampa Bay's 24 to 17 win over the Vikings.
[SUPER=03-Tampa, FL/NFL - ABC;]
The Bucs were up 17-14 in the third when Ronde Barber catches the Jeff George pass between the legs, but the refs say incomplete.
The Bucs increased their lead in the fourth. Shaun King hits Dave Moore for the 1 yard T-D pass. 24-14 Bucs.
Ronde gets a chance to redeem himself.
He reacquaints Jeff George with the dirt, which seals the deal for Tampa Bay.
They hold on to win it 24-17.
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Freshman year wasn't so bad for Michael Vick. After several honors for his break out season, Vick is named one of the five finalists for the Heisman trophy.
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[IN Q="YEAH, IT'S VERY...]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Heisman Trophy Finalist; :00]
[OUT Q=...this fast."]
[VO NAT CON'T]
Frank Beamer didn't actually expect his team to be playing for a national championship this year, either. But Sunday the Hokies got that confirmation, although Frank's wife has known about Hokie Hysteria for some time.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=IT'S JUST FANTASTIC."]
And Tech Defensive end Corey Moore has been awarded the Mike Fox-Bronco Nagurski Trophy.
It goes to the nation's top defender and was presented last night at the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
If you're amazed that Michael Vick is one of the five Heisman finalists, you're probably surprised that Virginia's Thomas Jones is not.
Jones finished the regular season as the nation's third leading rusher.
He averaged more than 163 yards per game and more than 5 yards a carry while amassing one thousand, 798 yards on the ground-- stats good enough to break the ACC single season record.
He also lead the nation this season with four-200 yard rushing games.
Virginia Tech traveled to Lexington last night to face VMI in a men's basketball tilt in Cameron Hall.
Steve Mason has more on an ugly 65-46 win.
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[SUPER=03-Lexington/VMI vs Va Tech; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Whaley/14 Points & 6 Rebounds for Tech; :29]
[super=01-Dennis Mims/Scored 17 for Tech; 1:15]
[super=33-Va. Tech/65/VMI/46; 1:26]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Stokes/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:41]
[SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach; 1:49]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]