A-P to Relocate School's Weight Room After Shooting

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By Becky Ogann

PARKERSBURG (AP) - Aplington-Parkersburg High School officials plan to move the school's weight room to a private residence after a fatal shooting last week.

Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas was shot and killed in the weight room on June 24. Mark D. Becker, a former player, has been charged in the slaying.

A new facility is under construction, but Aplington-Parkersburg superintendent Jon Thompson says students can work out at a private livestock barn that also served as the football team's weight room after a deadly EF5 tornado in May 2008.

The barn's owner, John Tuve, says he spent thousands of dollars turning the building into a suitable weight room, and says some adults still use leftover workout equipment on his property.

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