Today on news 7 at 5, the grandparents of Rebecca Chittum say don't believe she was switched at the U-V-A Medical Center.
and children's entertainer Shari Lewis losses her battle with uterine cancer at the age of 65.
Decent August weather but the chance for showers went away in this forecast cycle. We will explain in a moment.
We'll talk to a psychologist about the trauma associated with babies switched at birth.
And certain breeds of mosquitos are spreading a virus in Southwest Virginia -- and children are their main targets.
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The parents of one of the babies possibly switched at the U-V-A medical center were among the victims of the deadly July Fourth crash on Interstate-81.
The Grandparents who have custody of 3 year old Rebecca Chittum are not convinced their child was switched at birth and they say they may have proof.
Their attornies held a press conference in Buena Vista today.
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Eric Earnhart has more details.
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Paula Johnson, the mother whose child custody suit started all this, says the past week has been a living nightmare for her family.
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At least for now she's asking the media to respect her privacy.
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(( In just the past week, Paula Johnson has learned that the three- year- old girl she's been raising is NOT her real daughter.. and the parents who may HAVE her biological daughter were killed in a car accident last month.
Through her attorney, Johnson released a statement today saying she "remembered Whitney Rogers as a warm and enthusiastic person".. and that she also hopes to meet with the other families involved and her real daughter sometime soon.
Charlottesville attorney David Heilberg has handled dozens of custody cases.. Heilberg says Johnson may now have the upper hand if she wants custody of BOTH 3- year- old Carrie AND her biological daughter.
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((DAVID HEILBERG/FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY: THE LIVING MOTHER OF BOTH CHILDREN PROBABLY HAS PRESUMPTIONS AHEAD OF ANYONE ELSE. AS TO THE CHILD IN HER CARE AND CUSTODY, SHE ACTUALLY IS ON EQUAL FOOTING WITH THE BIOLOGICAL GRANDPARENTS OF THE UNFORTUNATE YOUNG COUPLE THAT DIED IN THE ACCIDENT.))
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Meanwhile, authorities still want to know HOW the two babies were switched when they were born at the U-VA Medical Center in 1995.
Hospital officials deny any mistake was made.. the University police have called in the Virginia State Police to help with the investigation.
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((CAPT. MIKE COLEMAN/UVA POLICE: IT'S DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND SENSITIVITY RELATED TO THIS CASE AND ALSO THE FACT THAT THEY CAN BRING RESOURCES TO BEAR IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE STATE IN ADDITION TO THIS AREA.))
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That move should help quiet some critics who complained the U-V-A police should not be investigating a possible criminal action by other U-V-A personnel.
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We should have some more answers tomorrow about what will happen to the two children.. Paula Johnson and her attorney have scheduled a press conference in Charlottesville. Jean?
The woman who entertained children with her famous puppet lamb chop- has died.
Shari Lewis kept children smiling with her puppet characters Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse and the best known Lamb Chop.
((LAMB CHOP: ELVIS PRESLEY. LEWIS: ELVIS PRESLEY? LAMB CHOP: UHUH. I WRITE HIM. WHY SHOULDN'T HE WRITE ME? LEWIS: THAT'S LOGICAL.))
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Lewis was diagnosed with uterine cancer in June. Shari Lewis was 65.
He is the only person to survive the crash that killed Princess Diana.
Now for the first time since the accident Trevor Rees- Jones spoke on camera.
Kimberly Dozier has the story.
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((After almost a year of silence, former body guard Trevor Rees-Jones
offered no new revelations. He gave no description at all, of what
happened that night in the Paris tunnel-when the Mercedes slammed into a
wall, killing Princess Diana, Dodi fayed and driver Henri Paul.
Rees-Jones barely survived the crash, and in his first interview,
looking stiff and uncomfortable and suffering from a bad cold , the
bodyguard simply asked to be left alone.
TREVOR REES-JONES: I'D LIKE EVERYONE TO APPRECIATE THIS AUGUST WILL BE A DIFFICULT TIME FOR
MYSELF, MY FAMILY AND FOR AL THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN
THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT. I'D LIKE EVERYONE AND THE PRESS TO APPRECIATE THAT
AND LET US MARK THAT TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY IN OUR OWN WAY.
Rees-Jones stressed that he hadn't been paid for this interview--but he
had been hounded by the media, with offers of cash. rees-Jones said the
only people he'll speak to right now are the French police.
I'VE COOPERATED FULLY WITH THE JUDGE WHO IS INVESTIGATING THE ACCIDENT
AND I'VE TOLD HIM ALL THAT I KNOW UP TO THIS PRESENT TIME. MAY WISH TO
ASK TO SEE THE JUDGE AGAIN IN THE FUTURE, BUT I'VE NO INTENTION OF
SPEAKING FURTHER ON THE SUBJECT PUBLICLY UNTIL AFTER THE COURT
PROCEEDINGS ARE FINISHED, IF AT ALL.
Rees-Jones had told a British tabloid that he remembered little of the
crash--only that there was a white Fiat Uno following the Mercedes, and
that Diana called out to Dodi as she lay dying.
But there is speculation he might have more to say about driver Henri
Paul. Rees-Jones had said Paul, who was reported to be three times over
the legal French blood alcohol limit, did not appear to be drunk. And
that's what his former employer Mohammed Al-Fayed has said all along.
But since then, he has quit his job, distanced himself from
al-Fayed...and Rees-Jones ' lawyer has asked Paris police to look into a
possible cover-up. Stay tuned. Kimberly Dozier, CBS News London.))
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Just when you think you have the latest in technology, I-B-M announces a big advance in microchips.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five
And Roanoke City Council gets a look at the D-Day Memorial project-- as construction moves forward.
On Health Check, Virginia Tech is probing the problem of mosquitos and the medical conditions they can create.
And lots of football news in the Two Minute Ticker. Stay with us.
Imagine cheaper, smaller and lighter cell phones and laptop computers.
I-B-M says its newest computer chips can boost performance or reduce power consumption by up to three times.
((HARRY CALHOUN/IBM VICE PRESIDENT: WHETHER IT'S A COMPUTER OR A CELL PHONE OR WHATEVER THAT DEVICE MIGHT BE THIS TECHNOLOGY PROVIDED TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL TO LOWER THE COST OF THE END PRODUCT TO THE CONSUMER. ))
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The technology puts a blanket of insulation over millions of tiny transistors on a chip.
This reduces electrical effects that use up energy and slow down performance.
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A Roanoke firefighter says the city is not complying with labor laws.
Ron Mathews says, for the past two years, city firefighters have had to work 56-hour work weeks without being compensated for overtime.
Mathews is the one who requested the department of labor to investigate.
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((RON MATHEWS/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTER; THEY HAVE STATED UNEQUIVICALLY TO ME AND TO THE CITY THAT THEY ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR LAW ACCORDING TO THE AGENTS HERE LOCALLY.))
((BOB HERBERT/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER; VERBALLY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HAS EXPRESSED CONCERNS, BUT HAS NOT ISSUED ANY WRITTEN DETERMINATION OF ALLEGED VIOLATIONS.))
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The local office of the Department of Labor says the investigation is ongoing.
It will not release any of its findings until the case is closed.
Bedford's National D-Day Memorial Foundation is well past the planning stages and off the drawing board.
It took architects about 12-months to build this scale model of the monument.
It was presented to Roanoke City Council today in a progress report.
At the actual site, officials say mountains of earth have been removed and concrete will be poured over the next few weeks.
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((RICHARD BURROW/FOUNDATION PRESIDENT: WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING, TODAY, A ONE-MILE-LONG ROAD, WHICH INCLUDES CURB AND GUTTER ON EACH SIDE AS WELL AS THE BASE STONE AND THE BASE PAVING. ALL IN PREPARATION FOR THE 29TH DIVISION'S ANNUAL REUNION THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE IN ROANOKE THE FIRST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR.))
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Completion of the whole memorial, which covers about 88 acres and includes an education center, is scheduled for June 6, in the year two-thousand.
Big bucks are breathing new life into a northwest Roanoke neighborhood.
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The United Way, the 19th Melrose Corporation and the city of Roanoke are giving 350-thousand dollars to revitalize the Loudon-Melrose neighborhood.
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Four new homes will be built and older homes repaired-- landscaping will give the block a different look.
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Neighborhood officials say they hope to help other Roanoke communities in the future.
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((ALVIN NASH/BLUE RIDGE HOUSING CORPORATION: WE GOT SOME LOAN MONEY, GRANT MONEY, DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF COMMITMENTS AND I THINK WE CAN DO THIS ABOUT TEN TO TWELVE TIMES THROUGHOUT THE CITY TO REALLY IMPACT. SO PARTNERSHIPPING BROUGHT THIS TOGETHER AND THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO MAINTAIN THE WHOLE PROJECT.))
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The Blue Ridge Housing Corporation and the Loudon/Melrose Neighborhood Organization are teaming up for the project.
Construction should start next month.
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High school football teams are getting fired up for the coming season.
Mike Stevens will be here with the two minute ticker.
And he's rolled to a world-record.
More on Richard Rodriguez's thousand hours on roller-coaster riding is still ahead.
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Steve Mason has headed South for Panthers Training Camp.
He'll check in a little later on News-7 at Five.
Coming up next on health check --
Virginia Tech entomologists are studying the emergence of mosquito bite viruses.
Certain types of mosquito's in Southwest Virginia carry human disease.
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((DR. SALLY PAULSON/ENTHAMOLOGIST:THE GREATEST RISK WOULD BE POTENTIALLY LACROSSE AND ENCEPHALITIS VIRUS...PRIMARILY IN CHILDREN, SO THAT MAKES IT OF CONCERN.))
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Good afternoon. I'm Keith Humphry.
Here's one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at Six.
Black ink fingerprints may soon be a thing of the past in Virginia.
Some police agencies are now using computers to make prints after an arrest.
The process is faster and less messy.
Officers can also use the computer to run a criminal background check on a set of fingerprints.
Tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll show you one of the latest counties to get one of these Live Scan systems.
Join us that story and much more.
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That's in about 40 minutes Jean.
For the two young girls apparently switched at birth at the U-V-A Medical Center three years ago, there will be NO quick fix.
Psychologist Doctor Dana Ackley says parent- child bonding happens early and is difficult to break, even if that bond is NOT biological.
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((DR. DANA ACKLEY/LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: FOR SOMEBODY WHO MIGHT BE SWITCHED BACK AFTER THREE OR FOUR YEARS, JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY SAYS YOU'RE MY BIOLOGICAL MOTHER, I'M NOT SURE THAT MAKES ME FEEL SAFE.))
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Doctor Ackley says both children will likely have trouble feeling safe or feeling that they belong.
He suggests families take their time making a custody decision, and explain the situation to the children on a level they can understand.
There are over three thousand different types of mosquitos worldwide and an estimated 70 species in Virginia.
Doctor Sally Paulson studies mosquitos and the viruses they carry at Virginia Tech.
She says Tazewell and Wise Counties have confirmed cases of mosquito viruses.
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((DR. SALLY PAULSON/ENTOMOLOGIST: IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS WE'VE BEEN GETTING MORE AND MORE CASES...INTO THE SEASON NOW WHEN CASES ARE GOING TO START SHOWING UP.))
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One case has been reported already this year in Buchanan.
Doctor Paulson is collecting mosquitos from regions in Southwest Virginia to test them for LaCrosse and Encephalitis.
These particular breeds don't just attack in the early evening.
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((DR. SALLY PAULSON/ENTOMOLOGIST: THE MOSQUITO THAT SPREADS IT IS PRIMARILY A DAY BITER, SO WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE OUT IN THE YARD PLAYING YOU SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTION AND THEY GROW IN TREE HOLES SO IF YOU TAKE YOUR...EXPOSED TO THE MOSQUITO.))
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The best way to protect yourself against mosquitos-- wear long sleeves and pants, light colors, and use insect repellents with deet as one of the main ingredients.
African-American Ministers are becoming the latest advocates of organ donation.
About 35-percent of all people in need of transplants are black.
Ministers at many predominately black churches are urging their congregations to become organ donors.
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The Congress of National Black Churches says it's trying to put an end to the theory that a person needs all of his or her organs to get into heaven.
High school and pro football action on the two minute ticker
Here's Mike Stevens with the Two Minute Ticker[S5-FFE]
Welcome everybody to the Monday ticker than begins with the start of high school football practice.
Most of the Friday Football Extra teams in the area began two-a-day workouts today in rather pleasant conditions.
The temperatures were in the 80's and the humidity was low as teams throughout the valley began getting acclimated to life inside a helmet once again.
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The temperature and humidity weren't the only things down today. Coming up at six I'll tell you about poor turnouts at both PH and Fleming.
Also, pleasant today in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the Panthers second week of training camp.
Steve Mason joins us with the first of our week long reports from Wofford College.
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Jean is coming back with more News 7 at Five right after this break.
Take care everybody.
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Richard Rodriguez went through a lot of ups and downs over the past month and a half-- and he wouldn't have it any other way.
The 39-year old American spent just over one-thousand 13 hours on an English roller coaster.
That beats his 1994 record.
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Rodriguez outlasted Canadian rival Normand Saint-Pierre, who quit after 670-hours.
Rodriguez is a diabetic and will donate the money he collected to diabetes research.