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Recent reports of baby switching at the University of Virginia Medical Center have gotten more bizarre this morning.

There is now a possible connection with a car accident that killed 7 people on the Fourth of July.
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Tamara Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum were killed in this holiday accident on I-81 in Botetourt County.
A national newspaper is reporting that the two were raising a child that was not theirs.
A family member reportedly confirmed that information.
The deadly crash occurred just one day after D-N-A testing on a Stanardsville woman showed that the little girl SHE was raising was NOT her biological daughter.
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Meantime authorities continue to investigate just HOW the children were mixed up.
UVA Medical Center's Chief of Staff says an investigation shows that the switch could not have been accidental.


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A Martinsville woman fell to her death yesterday off of North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain.
47-year-old Patsy Ashby is the second woman to fall to her death from the spot in just over a year.
A park official says an investigation following last year's death found that weather could weaken a guard rail at the spot so that it might fail to support someone leaning against it.
Last year's death was the first since 1952.

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The Mill Mountain Star used to glow red each time an alcohol-related death struck the Roanoke Valley.
Now, Roanoke City Council has decided the Mill Mountain Star will be permanently white, and
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some people are protesting the council's decision--including a Virginia Tech student, who voiced his opinion with a song.
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Whisonant thinks people should have a chance to vote on the issue.
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And, the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving agrees.
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((TOM ALTMAN/REGIONAL MADD PRESIDENT; THE DECISION TO DISCONTINUE THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE BY VERY FEW PEOPLE. WE BELIEVE THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF SUPPORT IN THE AREA FOR THIS PROGRAM.))
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Altman says turning the star red isn't meant to memorialize the victim, but to promote public awareness about drunk driving. Whisonant performed his song "The Last Red Star" on Mill Mountain last night.
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Some Virginia legislators have apparently violated a law they passed just last year.
Campaign reports now show about a dozen state lawmakers violated a law passed in 1997 that forbade legislators from taking contributions during the annual winter session.
Legislators say the money was accepted before the session, but not deposited or recorded until after it began.
Others said staffers unaware of the law must have made the deposits.
Democratic House Speaker Thomas Moss Junior accepted three donations during the session, including one three-thousand dollar sum.
The campaign reports were filed July 15th.


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Taking a look at your Monday forecast..
Expect sunny and mild conditions today. Highs will be in the low- to mid-80's.
Clear skies stick around as we move into tonight. Lows will drop into the mid- to upper-50's.
The extended forecast..
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For the second time in just over a year a woman has fallen to her death from North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain.

Forty seven year old Patsy Ashby of Martinsville died in a fall over the weekend.
A park official says an investigation following last year's death found that weather could weaken a guard rail at the spot so that it might fail to support someone leaning against it.
Last year's death was the first since 19-52.

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A tragic revelation today in the story of two little girls who went home with the wrong parents from the University of Virginia Medical center three years ago.
U-S-A Today is reporting that the parents of one of the girls were killed last month in a car accident.
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The accident happened July 4th on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County.
Nineteen year oldTamara Whitney Rogers and 25 year ol Kevin Chittum were killed in the accident along with five others.
U-S-A today reports the couple was raising a child that was not theirs.
The deadly crash occurred just one day after D-N-A testing on a Stanardsville woman showed that the little girl SHE was raising was NOT her biological daughter.
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Meantime authorities continue to investigate just HOW the children were mixed up.
UVA Medical Center's Chief of Staff says an investigation shows that the switch could not have been accidental.


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The option of reverting to town status in Clifton Forge is now becoming more of a necessity.
The mayor says it would bail the city out of it's financial crisis.
The City council has now appointed a committee to research the matter.
David Johnson reports.
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((Mac Campbell, the mayor of Clifton Forge says the city cannot expand its boundary because state law prohibits it. And he says the area already has some of the highest real estate taxes in Virginia--a dollar 13 per 100 dollars assessed value-- so he says raising taxes would be counterproductive. A reversion, on the other hand, would take some of the financial stress away from the city.
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He says one of the main results would be reduced taxes.
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Campbell says another concern is the loss of control over the town.
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The group conducting the research consists of city council members and anyone else who can provide the necessary input. Campbell says this study won't be complete until the committee feels the information offers complete answers for the local residents. David Johnson, News 7, Clifton Forge. ))

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Time to check out the Monday forecast--
Sunny and mild, with highs again in the lower 80s.
Staying clear overnight, with lows in the mid to upper 50s.
The four day forecast is continued mild, with a good chance of showers later in the week..
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A fatal Independence Day car accident MAY be connected with an alleged baby switch at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
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Tamara Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum were killed in this holiday accident on I-81 in Botetourt County.
A national newspaper is reporting that the two were raising a child that was not theirs.
A family member reportedly confirmed that information.
The deadly crash occurred just one day after D-N-A testing on a Stanardsville woman showed that the little girl SHE was raising was NOT her biological daughter.
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Meantime authorities continue to investigate just HOW the children were mixed up.
UVA Medical Center's Chief of Staff says an investigation shows that the switch could not have been accidental.


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A Martinsville woman has become the second in just over a year to plunge to her death from Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.
Forty seven year old Patsy Ashby died in a fall over the weekend.
A park official says an investigation following last year's death found that weather could weaken a guard rail at the spot so that it might fail to support someone leaning against it.
Last year's death was the first since 19-52.

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A RED Mill Mountain Star used to mean there was an alcohol- related traffic fatality in the Roanoke Valley.
But Roanoke City Council has decided the star will stay white all the time, and
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some people are protesting the council's decision--including a Virginia Tech student, who voiced his opinion with a song.
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((BOB WHISONANT/SONG WRITER; WHAT I FOUND ODD WAS THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD SAY THE STAR'S TOO DEPRESSING. THIS IS TOO MORBID. I DON'T WANT TO BE REMINDED OF THIS. AND PEOPLE WOULD GET ANGRY ABOUT THAT. IT JUST STRUCK ME AS ODD THAT PEOPLE WEREN'T GETTING ANGRY THAT DRUNK DRIVING DEATHS HAD OCCURRED. THEY WERE ANGRY THAT THEY WERE BEING REMINDED.))
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Whisonant thinks people should have a chance to vote on the issue.
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And, the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving agrees.
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((TOM ALTMAN/REGIONAL MADD PRESIDENT; THE DECISION TO DISCONTINUE THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE BY VERY FEW PEOPLE. WE BELIEVE THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF SUPPORT IN THE AREA FOR THIS PROGRAM.))
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Altman says turning the star red isn't meant to memorialize the victim, but to promote public awareness about drunk driving. Whisonant performed his song "The Last Red Star" on Mill Mountain last night.
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If you happen to be in South Boston and LOVE racing, you'll have some extra time to check out the Museum History of Racing exhibit.
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The exhibit is extending its pit stop at the museum through the month of August, because of all the interest from race fans.
Special features include rare footage of races at Daytona, Darlington, and the South Boston Speedway dirt track.
They also have Richard Petty's shoes, hat, a championship ring, and a gold medallion he won.
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Turning your attention now to weather--
Sunny and mild today, with light winds and highs in the lower 80s.
Staying clear tonight, with lows in the upper 50s.
The extended forecast is dry through Wednesday, with showers likely by Thursday.
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