Coming up on News 7-
The mom of a child who may have been switched at birth speaks to the media- while the grandparents of the other child contemplate DNA testing.
Home Depot wants to put a big store in Southwest Roanoke County.
And the tobacco market opens in Southside.
News 7 is next.
The paternal Grandparents
of Rebecca Chittum want D-N-A tests performed to show who her biologocal parents are.
The tests could determine if she was swapped at birth.
A decision could come as early as tommorow.
Home Depot wants to open a large hardware store near the corner of 419 and Brambleton Avenue.
That came out at a meeting tonight.
Some people who live nearby don't want it there.
Local neighborhoods come together in an effort to fight crime during National Night Out.
Join us for news 7 at 11.
The mother of a young girl involved in a possible baby swap at the U-V-A medical center three years ago says she hopes the two families involved can work things out without going to court.
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon
Paula Johnson gave her side of the tragic story at a packed news conference in Charlottesville today.
Steve Smallshaw was there.
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(( Paula Johnson says one look at a picture of Rebecca Chittum was all she needed to convince herself that Rebecca was her biological child.
Authorities believe Chittum and 3- year- old Callie Johnson were somehow switched after birth at the UVA hospital in 1995.. Johnson learned last month that Callie was NOT her real daughter.
The mixup came to light AFTER Chittum's parents died in a fiery crash in Botetourt County July 4th.
While they wait for D-N-A tests to confirm the childrens' lineage, Johnson says she's been trying to cope with the media frenzy her case has generated.. while trying to protect the two little girls.
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((PAULA JOHNSON/MOTHER: MY MAIN CONCERN IS.. .. THE CHILDREN ARE TAKEN CARE OF.))
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: WE'RE FORTUNATE THAT THESE TWO FAMILIES AREN'T FAR APART.. ..MAKE SOME NEW ONES.))
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((The investigation into the alleged mixup will continue, but Paula Johnson's attorney says it's too early to tell whether they'll hold UVA legally accountable for what happened. For now, both sides are trying to work out an agreement where all the families involved will have a role in these young girls' lives. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Charlottesville.))
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Rebecca Chittum's paternal grandparents say they want D-N-A testing used to determine who her biological parents are.
Their attorney says even if the tests show the babies were switched at birth, a private arrangement between all the adults involved seems the most likely outcome.
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((MICHAEL IRVINE/CHITTUM'S ATTORNEY; EVERYONE AT THIS POINT HAS SHOWN A SPIRIT OF COOPERATION AND THIS TRAGEDY HAS BROUGHT THE FAMILIES EVEN CLOSER TOGETHER AND THEY SEEM TO WANT TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR REBECCA AND THESE CHILDREN INVOLVED AND I JUST HOPE AND PRAY THEY CONTINUE TO DO THAT, I BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL.))
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The final decision on DNA testing lies with Rebecca's MATERNAL grandparents. (Ir-vin) Irvine says that decision could come as early as tomorrow.
Home Depot wants to put one of its big box hardware stores in South Roanoke County.
But some residents and small business owners don't want it in their neighborhood.
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David Johnson is in our newsroom with more. So David, where does Home Depot want to build?
Jean, the location is near the corner of 419 and Brambleton Avenue.
But people say a store that size would create too many traffic problems and take away too much business from the little man.
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(( County officials say a major retailer in that location would increase traffic by about five thousand cars daily.
The additional traffic would impact Westmoreland Drive, a residential neighborhood which sits directly behind the proposed site.
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((SUZANNE SETH/WESTMORELAND RESIDENT; MY SON CATCHES THE BUS AT EIGHT IN THE MORNING. I'M CONCERNED WITH THE FIVE THOUSAND CARS AGAIN IF WESTMORELAND IS BEING TIED INTO THE MIDDLE OF THIS.))
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((ELMER HODGE/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR; IF TRAFFIC ON WESTMORELAND IS A CONCERN TO THEM, IT IS TO US TOO. AND WE HAVE TO CUL DE SAC THAT SO THAT THERE IS NO THROUGH TRAFFIC. THAT'S A GIVEN. THAT'S A COMMITMENT. NO PROBLEM.))
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Some neighbors fear their property vaules will drop.
And some small businesses fear strong arm tactics from the big competitor.
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((PAUL BASHAM/BRAMBLETON HARDWARE; THEY USE SOME NOT SO NECESSARILY FAR METHODS OF COMPETITION AND HAVE BEEN CITED IN SEVERAL CASES LEGALLY ABOUT PRICE FIXING AND SO FORTH THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.))
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((I'VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH HOME DEPOT AND IN A NUMBER OF PLACES, WE HAVE FOUND THAT NOT TO BE THE CASE. WE HAVE FOUND WHERE THEY HAVE ACTUALLY GENERATED MORE BUSINESS FOR THE SMALLER BUSINESSES THAT ARE THERE. AND I THINK THAT'S THE CASE THAT WE CAN WORK ON HERE.))
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Hodge says Home Depot is evaluating all of the concerns and wants to be a good neighbor and work with the county.
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He says the hardware retailer will finish its analysis by next Friday.
So the planning commission says it will wait until August 17th before deciding whther to rezone the property for development.
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The city wants to turn seven acres of Northwest Roanoke into a park...
It's an area that, until yesterday, was going to be the site of new Habitat for Humanity homes.
People who live near the site say Habitat homes would bring down their property values.
Melva Jeffries said SHE grew up in public housing and can sympathize with people who typically move into the affordable Habitat homes.
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((MELVA JEFFRIES/WESTVIEW TERRACE RESIDENT: I WORKED MY WAY UP AND I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE DO TRY TO GET OUT OF POVERTY. BUT NOT AT MY EXPENSE, NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF MY HOME.))
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Habitat says its homes WOULD NOT affect nearby property values.
But the organization is willing to find another building site ... if the city reimburses the group for the money it has already spent in Westview Terrace.
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It was the worst session this year on Wall Street.
The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled nearly 300 points-
Many analysts say the drop could be linked to the Asian Financial crisis-
Chief Justice William Rhenquest cleared the way for White House lawyers to testify before the Monica Lewinsky grand jury.
White House counsel Lanny Breuer was summoned immediately today-
The President's advisor Bruce Lindsey is expected to follow.
But sources say the White House will ask the court to block questions they believe violate attorney-client privilege.
F-B-I Director Louis Freeh is among those calling for an independent counsel to investigate Democratic Fundraising- but the Attorney General won't do it.
((REP. DAN BURTON/R- INDIANA: THEY HAVE BOTH TOLD HER THAT CRIMINAL CONDUCT IN THIS CASE ALL THE WAY TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND JANET RENO STOOD LIKE HERACIOUS AT THE BRIDGE REFUSING TO MOVE THIS INVESTIGATION OUT OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.))
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Reno is also refusing to give Congress a memo Freeh wrote on the subject-
((JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL: TO GIVE IN TO THE COMMITTEE'S DEMANDS CREATES A PRECEDENT FOR CONGRESS TO DEMAND THE PROSECUTORS MOST SENSITIVE STARTEGY MEMOS AND MAKE THEM PUBLIC TO EVERYONE INCLUDING THE DEFENDANTS LEGAL TEAM.))
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People lined up in Houston to get financial aid from the heat-
But many ended up in need of MEDICAL aid.
At least one person was rushed to the hospital- 12 others fainted from the heat.
((MARVA BOLITZAR/RESIDENT: I JUST GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY AND THE LADY FROM THE SHELTER CALLED AND TOLD ME TO COMER HERE THIS MORNING.))
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Fire trucks sprayed water on the crowd- in hopes of cooling people down.
Let the bidding begin.
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Today marked the opening of Southside Virginia's tobacco market.
Leaders, including Lieutenant Governor John Hager and Senator Chuck Robb, travelled to Danville for the first auction of the season.
These compressed bales of tobacco are new to Danville markets-- which usually auction off loose leaf piles.
Buyers seem willing to pay more for these bales because of their convenience.
But growers aren't too sure they like the idea of baling their tobacco.
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((C.D. BRYANT/TOBACCO FARMER: IT WILL ACTUALLY BE, I THINK, A DISADVANATE FOR ME ON THE FARM. I'VE GOT TO HAVE A LARGE MACHINE THAT I'VE GOT TO PURCHASE WHICH IS GOING TO COST ME 15-20 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH IS GOING TO BE AN EXTRA EXPENSE.))
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Almost all of the tobacco sold today was carry-over from last year and went for an average one dollar and 80 cents per pound.
This year's crop should be ready for market next week.
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A lesson in respecting the envirnment, especially local water supplies, for area farmers.
a night out on the town for local neighborhoods.
It's part of a national effort to combat crime.
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(( Hey Jean, this is Mike Stevens in the News 7 sports office! Check out the new hat I bought you while I was on vacation. Just kidding! Avalanche-97s highlights are for real tonight along with NASCAR news, the Big East football day, and Panthers camp with Kevin Greene and Steve Mason. Big bill sports on News 7 a little bit later.))
A little education can go a long way to prevent crime and promote community togetherness.
That's the purpose of National Night Out.
Tonight, communities across southwest Virginia and the country are learning how to make themselves safer.
In Danville, the fun and educational program had a Mayberry theme-- complete with the Mayberry deputy.
Children and their parents could play games, check out fire engines, and pick up important information about community groups.
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((STEVE ANDERSON/DANVILLE CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER: IT BRINGS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH OTHERS, THEY LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER. END RESULT: THEY'RE BUYING INTO THE COMMUNITY, LOOKING OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER BETTER, AND LEARNING SOMETHING IN A FUN-FILLED WAY HOPEFULLY.))
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Roanoke had its share of Night Out activities.
The Trinity Lutheran Church hosted a bake sale... complete with ice cream.
Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a Neighborhood Watch sign.
Police officers distributed badges to the children.
Some had a little trouble juggling their food and badge at the same time.
The town of Blacksburg is marking its 200th anniversary in style...
A number of events have already taken place while others are planned for the remainder of the year.
That pride is one reason some older fire fighters say town council should reconsider its decision to demolish the town's first permanent fire station.
The downtown site, which was built in the early 1930's, will be used for parking or as a place for trash containers.
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((HAROLD SMITH/BLACKSBURG VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER:IT JUST DON'T JIVE, IT'S HEARD TO BELIE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE AT THIS TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE BICENTENNIAL IS GOING ON. ))
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Although town council has secured a contract to demolish the site-- the fire fighters are NOT giving in.
They plan to address town council next week.
Farmers are being told to clean up the water by themselves or the law will step in.
Extension Agent Steve Britt says as part of the Farm-A-Syst program, farmers can ask for a free inspection to spotlight potential sources of water pollution.
Chemicals such as petroleum, fertilizer and animal waste leak into groundwater and drinking water.
Even if inspectors find something there will be no penalty.
Britt also urged farmers to keep their cattle out of creeks so they will not be blamed for e-coli.
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((WE'D LIKE TO SEE FARMERS TAKE A PROACTIVE STEP RATHER THAN RATHER THAN RELY ON LEGISLATION TO GET CATTLE OUT OF THE CREEKS AND PONDS AND THIS TYPE OF THINGS.))
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On the other hand, if neighbors complain to the Department of Agriculture -- farmers who pollute will face penalties.
You've heard of the leaning tower of Pisa, but what about the leaning tower of ice cream.
Stay tuned for tonight's video of the day,
A car ride for the little ones can present some dangers, but..
How many local families are properly restraining their children in the car?
the story when the news continues.
Grand Home Furnishings is giving the gift of space... one million dollars worth.
The local-based furniture chain donated its downtown outlet store to Roanoke's Center in the Square.
The 64-thousand foot structure will house additional programs for the center.
Grand will move its downtown outlet store to the company's warehouse near Orange Avenue.
Buckling up your children is the law in Virginia-- but are parents in the Roanoke valley area passing the seatbelt test?
The Virginia Transportation Research Council says NO.
Parents are not properly restraining their children when driving.
Transportation officials say the Roanoke valley area ranks the worst in the state for child car- safety.
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((CHARLES STOKE/VA. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH COUNCIL: IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AREA, THE DATA WE HAD FROM LAST SUMMER AND THE TWO SITES WE'VE WORKED SO FAR TODAY, IT LOOKS LIKE A VERY HIGH RATE OF NONUSE. CHILDREN ARE NOT BUCKLED UP))
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Engineering students are conducting research at sites such as this one in Roanoke for the transportation council.
The results show that more than half of the children in cars are not wearing seatbelts.
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Barry Bonds and Ricky Bottalico are getting some Extra in-season vacation time because of their brawl over the weekend.
Bonds gets a three game suspension and Bottalico a four game sit down from the league, Plus both were fined undisclosed amounts.
The Avalanche hosted the Danville 97s last night in Salem for the first of a three game series before they leave for their first road trip of the month.
Smokey Bear was on hand to throw out the first pitch and hopefully be a good luck charm for the Avalanche, who looked to snap out of a six game losing streak.
It was a scoreless game through one inning, but in the second inning Brian Anthony takes control with this solo homer to put the Avalanche up 1-0 after two innings of play.
But Danville was not about to go away. In the Fourth inning Mike Terhune comes up with this single scoring Jose Mateo to tie the game at one a piece.
Still in the fourth, Glenn Williams scores Mike Hessman with this single making it 2 to 1.
Danville scors five runs in the fourth inning en-route to a 12-to-6 victory over the Avalanche.
It was a quiet night for the Big Boppers, as McGwire and Sosa failed to homer.
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2 guys did go yard in a big way last night, though.
Darryl Strawberry - the Yanks big slugger hit his team leading 19th dinger of the season as New York beat Oakland 10-to-4 in game one of their doubelheader.
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And Albert Belle continues to light up thebig leagues. Last night he hit his 34th homer to lead the Sox to an 8-to-6 win over the Rays.
The Belle has now tolled 16 times since the all-star break.
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The Big East football conference named West Virginia its preseason favorite today.
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The media made the pick at a Meadowlands gathering. Syracuse was second with Miami third and Virginia Tech fourth.
The Hokies know they must improve their defense to improve on that fourth place pick.
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The Mountaineers not only have the number one preseason pick but they also have heisman trophy candidate Amos Zereoue
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Tony Hart say his Lord Botetourt Cavaliers will look different when they take the field this season.
Former Salem star and new Botetourt offensive coach Brad Bradley is installing a run and shoot offense.
Coach Hart says this will help his small offensive line.
And even though the Cavaliers have lost some key players he's optimistic about the up coming Blue Ridge season.
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Today we'll take a look at another Blue Ridge District team--Northside.
Still to come tonight on the Big 7, we will head to the Panthers' training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina
and check in with Steve Mason and Kevin Greene - the Panthers' roungh and ready pro rassler - linebacker.
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At 36-years-of age Carolina Panthers' linebacker Kevin Greene is doing anything but slowing down.
Steve Mason and photographer Mark Hollandsworth check in from the Panthers' camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina tonight with the story of the linebacker-slash-pro rassler.
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Who could think of a better way to cool off on hot summer day than with Ice Cream?
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and it is not just for eating as these kids show us.
With Ice cream, a bowl, and a scoop the children began to make ice cream towers.
Some decided they could scoop it faster with their hands as they raced to win.
The ice cream towers were the work of winners in a contest writing about their favorite ice cream.
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