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Local TV notes: GMA spotlights Belo8's Janet St. James

Janet St. James, the late Carter Albrecht and Diane Sawyer

Ace Belo8 medical reporter Janet St. James got a big dose of national exposure Wednesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America.

St. James reprised her locally televised look into possible side effects from the drug Chantix, which Dallas musician/singer Carter Albrecht was taking in an effort to stop smoking. Albrecht, 34, died of a gunshot wound early Labor Day morning. He had been yelling and pounding on a neighbor's door when an intended warning shot hit him instead.

St. James joined GMA's Diane Sawyer at the show's anchor desk after the program replayed her story, which is well worth a look. It included the first TV interview with Albrecht's girlfriend, Ryann Rathbone, who also had been taking the drug.

Earlier in September, CBS11 reporter Jay Gormley had the first TV interview with Albrecht's parents.