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3 years ago, two children who were born at the University of Virginia Medical Center were sent home with the wrong mothers.
Now it turns out at least one of the babies will NEVER know her biological parents...
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because they were killed in a 4th of July crash on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County.
Kevin Chitthum and his girlfriend, Tamara Whitney Rogers, were among 7 people who died in the crash.
Now a family member reportedly confirms that the toddler they were raising was NOT their biological child.
Just one day before the deadly crash, a Stanardsville woman learned through genetic testing that the toddler SHE was raising was not HER own.
Chitthum's great-aunt says she wants the children switched back.
University of Virginia officials say they don't know how the mix-up occurred, but they say it could NOT have been accidental.
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No matter what the outcome is regarding custody of the two children, it will likely be emotionally traumatic for them.
That's the opinion of a local psychologist.
Dr. Dana Ackley says baby switching is so rare, there's no protocol to follow.
He says because both children are now three years old, it will be difficult for them to break the bond they've formed with their families.
[IN Q=That psychological]
((DR. DANA ACKLEY/LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: THAT PSYCHOLOGICAL BONDING IS SUCH A POWERFUL FACTOR IN CREATING A SENSE OF SAFETY AND A SENSE OF BELONGING. IT'S JUST GOING TO BE VERY UPSETTING FOR EVERYBODY. I HOPE THEY TAKE THEIR TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Dana Ackley/Licensed Clinical Psychologist;]
[OUT Q=take their time]
Dr. Ackley says he would recommend both families involved get to know each other before making ANY permanent decision.
A Martinsville woman fell to her death yesterday from North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain.
Authorities say 47-year-old Patsy Ashby was hiking with her husband when she slipped on a ledge and fell about 100 feet.
The accident happened just 15 yards from the spot were another
woman fell to her death 13 months ago.
Before the two accidents, the peak had not seen a fatal fall since it opened to the public in 1952.
A White House source says the administration will appeal a decision making presidential confidant Bruce Lindsey testify in the Monica Lewinsky probe.
Meantime, with just over two weeks to prepare for his upcoming grand jury testimony, President Clinton faces new front page pictures of him with Lewinsky.
Sharryl Attkisson reports.
[SUPER=01-Jack Quinn/Former White House Counsel; :32]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Orrin Hatch/(R) Utah; :53]
[SUPER=01-Alec Baldwin/Actor; 1:40]
[SUPER=01-Sharryl Attkisson/Reporting; 1:47]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGtON.]
Newly-found video shows Lewinsky and President Clinton together at a
1996 fundraiser--where the White House intern once again found a spot
front and center along the president's so-called "rope line."
While Lewinsky spent time this weekend preparing for her upcoming grand
jury appearance.....the FBI is now said to be testing a stain on a dress
she turned in, to see if it proves the allegation she had a sexual
relationship with the President.
Mr. Clinton's supporters downplayed the importance of the test results.
FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL
"THIS IS A MATTER OF SEX BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS AND THE QUESTION OF
WHETHER OR NOT ONE OR THE OTHER WAS TRUTHFUL ABOUT IT. THAT DOESN'T GO
TO THE QUESTION OF HIS CONDUCT INTO OFFICE AND IN THAT SENSE, IT'S
But the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee cautioned the grand jury
is looking into MORE than just an alleged affair.
SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R-UTAH)
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
"KEEP IN MIND THIS IS A LOT MORE THAN MISS LEWINSKY'S CASE. IT'S A LOT
MORE THAN THAT. THERE'S WHITEWATER, FILEGATE, TRAVELGATE, AND A HOST OF
OTHER MATTERS THAT MAY INVOLVE VERY SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS HERE."
And an associate of Lewinsky's former friend Linda Tripp says MOST of
what Tripp told the grand jury involved other matters.
TRAVELGATE AND FILEGATE WOULD BE THE TWO AREAS IN WHICH LINDA WAS, YOU
KNOW, WOULD HAVE WITNESSED THINGS."
Returning to Washington, the President has cleared out daily blocks of
time in his schedule to prepare for his grand jury testiony.
He got a break over the weekend in Long Island where the rich and famous
gave him a warm reception...
...and movie stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger hosted a fundraiser.
"WE BELIEVE IN HILLARY CLINTON AND PRESIDENT CLINTON ."
IT'LL BE A BUSY WEEK FOR MR. CLINTON'S LEGAL TEAM. AS THEY PREPARE THE
PRESIDENT FOR HIS TESTIMONY, THEY'LL BE ON GUARD FOR ANY SURPRISES FROM
MONICA LEWINSKY...WHO'S EXPECTED TO GO BEFORE THE GRAND JURY AS EARLY AS
THIS WEEK. SHARYL ATTKISSON, CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.))
The two Marine aviators charged in the deadly Italian cable car accident were arrainged today at Camp Lejuene.
Captains Richard Ashby and Joseph Schweitezer did not enter a plea to charges of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide.
A military spokesman says Ashby's trial is likely to begin in December, with Schweitzer's following in January.
If convicted the two mean could get life sentences.
The city of Clifton Forge is closer than ever to becoming the town of Clifton Forge.
City officials have been discussing the reversion possibility since 1993.
Now the mayor says the question is not IF the city will revert, but WHEN.
David Johnson reports.
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[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge; :01]
[SUPER=01-Mac Campbell/Clifton Forge Mayor; :23]
[SUPER=01-Frank Pullen/Resident; QUICKLY!! :33]
[SUPER=01-Bob Williams/Resident; :36]
[OUT Q=Clifton Forge.]
((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.
[IN Q=THE BENEFITS]
((MAC CAMPBELL/CLIFTON FORGE MAYOR; THE BENEFITS OF TOWN STATUS WE BELIEVE WOULD ALLOW CLIFTON FORGE TO SHARE IN THE GROWTH OF THE COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=THE COUNTY.]
He says one of the main results would be reduced taxes.
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[IN Q=IF THEY CAN]
((FRANK PULLEN/RESIDENT; IF THEY CAN GO TO TOWN AND SAVE US SOME MONEY, I'M ALL FOR IT.))
((BOB WILLIAMS/RESIDENT; I'M FOR IT IF IT CAN BE PROVEN THAT OUR TAXES WILL GO DOWN.))
[OUT Q=WOULD HAPPEN.]
Campbell says another concern is the loss of control over the town.
[IN Q=HOWEVER, THAT'S]
((CAMPBELL; HOWEVER, THAT'S, I BELIEVE, A PERCEPTUAL ISSUE. I THINK THAT THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF DOWN SIDES TO IT. BUT THAT'S WHAT OUR COMMITTEE IS LOOKING AT. TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT TOWN STATUS WOULD MEAN FOR CLIFTON FORGE.))
[OUT Q=CLIFTON FORGE.]
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. ))
It was a harrowing weekend for the widow of former Virginia death row inmate Joseph O'Dell.
Lori Urs, the legal aid who married O'Dell just hours before his execution last year, was taken hostage along with her 14-year-old daughter Friday night.
John Nutter was armed when he took the mother and daughter hostage in Massachusetts.
Urs escaped after 7 hours.
Nutter released the teenager only after Urs said she would marry him.
Last year Urs inspired requests to spare O'Dell's life from Mother Teresa, Sister Helen Prejean, and the Italian government.
It's another day of triple digit temperatures in Texas.
It's so hot its affecting the rail lines.
The 100 plus temperatures warped a railroad track derailing two freight trains.
Authorities call it "sun kinks," that's when heat expands the tracks causing them to bend.
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But it's not clear yet whether high temperatures are to blame for a water main break near Fort Worth.
It carries about a third of the water for one million residents.
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Nearly a dozen Virginia lawmakers have violated a campaign bill they passed just last year.
Campaign reports released in July show that several legislators accepted campaign contributions during the 1998 General Assembly Session.
That despite a law passed in 1997 that prohibits acceptance of campaign donations during winter sessions.
Some legislators say the donations were made before, but recorded AFTER, the session began.
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A northwest Roanoke neighborhood will be given new life with the help of several local companies.
[Moving cam shot]
New homes will be built and older homes repairs along this block in the Loudon-Melrose Avenue neighborhood.
The construction was made possible by a partnership between the Blue Ridge Housing Corporation and the Loudon/Melrose Neighborhood Organization.
[shot of check]
The United Way,the 19th Melrose Corporation and the city of Roanoke grants total nearly 350,000 dollars.
[shots of lineup of conference]
Leaders of the Loudon Neighborhood Organization call the project an investment in the community.
[IN Q=Then lo and behold]
[SUPER=01-Lindsey Martin/Organization President;]
[OUT Q=just fell into place]
Work should start in about a month.
The fallout continues follolwing Roanoke City Council's decision NOT to have the Mill Mountain Star burn red after alcohol-related deaths in the region.
Some people are still protesting the council's decision--including a Virginia Tech student, who voiced his opinion with a song.
[IN Q=WHAT I FOUND]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Whisonant/Song Writer;]
[OUT Q=BEING REMINDED.]
Whisonant thinks people should have a chance to vote on the issue.
And, the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving agrees.
[IN Q=THE DECISION TO]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Altman/Regional MADD President]
[OUT Q=FOR THIS PROGRAM]
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.
Another mega merger to report, this time it involves grocery stores.
Albertsons reportedly is buying American Stores for nearly 12
The companies say the merger will result in the nation's largest food and drug chain.
Enthusiastic race fans have given South Boston Museum's History of Racing exhibit a longer life than expected.
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.
In today's Common Sense, addition of a load fund to a no-load fund doesn't necessarily mean extra fees for your mutual fund.
Scott Goldberg has details.
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[SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones Stockbroker; :23]
[OUT Q=i'm SG]
(( There have been some stories lately about no-load fund companies adding load funds to their portfolios.
A load fund has a fee investors pay when they first buy into the fund.
But if you're used to investing in no-loads... and all of a sudden your mutual fund company starts adding load funds to its family of funds ... does that mean you have to pay new fees?
Stockbroker Ben Hartman says no.
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[IN Q=if you're]
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES STOCKBROKER: IF YOU'RE INVESTED INTO A MUTUAL FUND ALREADY AND THE MUTUAL FUND COMPANY ADDS A LOAD FUND TO ITS FAMILY OF FUNDS, THAT ACT IN AND OF ITSELF WOULD NOT CREATE A CHARGE FOR THE INVESTOR. THE INVESTOR WOULD HAVE TO ACTUALLY INVEST MONEY INTO THE LOAD FUND.))
[OUT Q=load fund]
In other words, don't change your investing behavior, and you won't have to pay new fees.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
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The world's elite cyclists completed the Tour de France yesterday, and it would be an Italian who raised the trophy high.
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Tom Steels of Belgium was the winner of the final stage of the race.
American Bobby Julich (Jewel-ick) finished third overall.
And Pantani becomes the first Italian to win the cycling race since 1965.