Next on news 7 at 5, we'll hear from the mother of one of the babies allegedly switched at birth three years ago at the U-V-A Medical Center.
and a local business makes a grand donation to downtown Roanoke's Center in the Square.
We seem to be stuck in this dry weather pattern. Temperatures remain near normal. Show you why in a few minutes.
The Roanoke Valley is last on the list of protecting children in the car.
Carilion Hospitals are leading the way in vascular technology.
Plus the government approves a new permanent hair removal device.
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The mother of a three year old girl involved in a baby mix up at the University of Virginia Medical Center braved a horde of media for the first time today.
Paula Johnson says she was hurt, angry and confused when she realized her three year old daughter, Callie, was in fact not her biological daughter.
Steve Smallshaw is in Charlottesville where he joins us live.
Steve, do Johnson and her attorney know for sure if the other girl involved in this, Rebecca Chittum, is Johnson's real daughter?
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Rebecca Chittum's Paternal grandparents say they want DNA testing done.
Attorney Michael (Ir-vin) Irvine represents Kevin Chittum's parents. He says while they still have no interest in switching the children, they want to know whose biological child she is.
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((MICHAEL IRVINE/CHITTUM'S ATTORNEY; MY CLIENTS FEEL LIKE IT'S INEVITABLE, THAT WE NEED TO GO AHEAD AND DO THAT TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BECAUSE ALL OF WHAT WE'RE DISCUSSING AT THIS POINT IS CONTINGENT UPON IT BEING CONFIRMED AND AT THIS POINT IT HAS REALLY NOT BE CONFIRMED AND MY CLIENTS FEEL THAT SHOULD BE DONE.))
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The Rogers family, Whitney Roger's parents, are still considering whether to agree to DNA testing for Rebecca.
That decision could come as early as tomorrow.
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It appears President Clinton's friend Bruce Lindsey will have to testify before a grand jury.
Chief Justice William Rehnqueist ruled against the White House today.
The decision means that White house lawyers on the public payroll will have to take the stand.
Today special counsel to the President Lanny Breuer is appearing before Ken Starr's grand jury.
The White house says public lawyers should be covered by the same attorney client privilege as private ones.
((BARRY TOIV/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON: THIS IS AN ISSUE OF WHETHER THIS PRESIDENT AND FUTURE PRESIDENTS ARE ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE WHICH IS THE BEDROCK OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM.))
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The administration will push for the full high court to hear the appeal after its summer break.
People lined up in Houston to get financial aid from the heat-
But instead many ended up in need of MEDICAL aid.
At least one person fainted from the heat- another was rushed to the hospital.
Most people here were trying to prevent their electricty from being cut off- but some were turned down because they did not bring the right papers.
((KAYSHA VANSCOY/DECLINED AID: I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH INCOME AND I CAN'T PAY THE 739 DOLLARS AND THEY'RE CUTTING MY LITES OUT TODAY AT FOUR. I HAVE THREE DISABLED BABIES AT HOME I HAVE A BREATHING MACHINE.))
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Fire trucks sprayed water on the crowd- in hopes of cooling people down while they waited.
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The city may have the solution to a dispute over a planned Habitat for Humanity community. We'll have that report next.
And farmers kick off the annual tobacco market in the shadow of uncertain times.
On Health Check, are local parents doing all they can to protect their children in the car? The answer may surprise you.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
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Habitat for Humanity wanted to build a new housing development in a Northwest Roanoke neighborhood.
But the people who already live there did NOT want low-income neighbors moving in.
Now the city is trying to work out a plan that will make everyone happy...
And Habitat for Humanity is trying to control any damage it may have suffered to its reputation.
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Scott Goldberg is in Westview Terrace, where Habitat wanted to build the new homes.
Scott, why do some people think Habitat looked like the bad guy in all of this?
Jean, Habitat for Humanity has traditionally had a reputation as a do-good organization...volunteers who build affordable homes for the needy.
But residents of this neighborhood say Habitat started building homes here without any warning... starting construction on 34 new houses that residents who already live here say would lower THEIR property values.
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((MELVA JEFFRIES: I DON'T CARE IF THE HOUSES ARE 150-200 THOUSAND DOLLAR HOMES. IF YOU GET 34 HOMES WITH KIDS ON THAT LAND ... IT'S TOO MUCH))
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Even though she grew up in public housing, Melva Jeffries is one of the many Westview Terrace residents who doesn't want a Habitat for Humanity village.
She's also one of the people who accused Habitat of trying launching a sneak attack.
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((TERRY SMITH/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: YES WE ACKNOWLEDGED ALREADY OUR MISTAKE IN NOT TALKING SOONER TO WESTVIEW TERRACE RESIDENTS.))
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Habitat for Humanity admits it made mistakes.
The group says it could have done a better job working with the neighborhood, explaining that affordable housing does not automatically bring down the value of property that's already there.
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((TERRY SMITH: ON THAT CENTRAL QUESTION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING -- DOES IT LOWER VALUES OF SURROUNDING PROPERTIES --WE AT HABITAT IN ROANOKE VALLEY AND HABITAT INTERNATIONAL HAVE NO DOCUMENTED PROOF THAT THIS IS TRUE.))
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The family of the founder of the former "Grand Piano", has given a gift to one of his pet projects.
The downtown Grand Building on the corner of Campbell Avenue and First Street was donated to the Center in the Square.
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((JAMES SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE; THIS CONTINUES THE LEGACY OF THE GEORGE CARTLEDGE SENIOR RELATIONSHIP WITH DOWNTOWN ROANOKE AND CENTER IN THE SQUARE AND THE REGION. CERTAINLY THIS IS A WAY TO RECOGNIZE GEORGE CARTLEDGE SENIOR.))
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The structure will give the center an additional 64-thousand square feet for program expansion needs.
Grand will turn over the one-point-1-million dollar gift next July.
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Several Blacksburg fire fighters are seeing red after finding out about plans to demolish the town's first permanent fire station.
Town council has secured a contract to demolish the building within the next few weeks.
The downtown site would either be transformed into six to eight parking spots or as space for centralized trash dumpsters.
But some old time fire fighters say the building should be preserved.
It was built in the early 1930's and also served as a jail and in 1957 was used as the police department.
Harold Smith signed up as a volunteer fire fighter in 1939.
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((HAROLD SMITH/BLACKSBURG FIRE DEPT. VOLUNTEER: WE REALLY ENJOYED IT, WE MET UPSTAIRS AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS DOWNSTAIRS, COURSE THE JAIL WAS THERE TOO AND THE TOWN HALL WAS THERE SO IT WAS A COMBINATION OF A LOT OF HISTORY AND I JUST HATE TO SEE IT DEMOLISHED JUST FOR A FEW PARKING SPACES. ))
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Although town council has secured a contract to demolish the site-- the fire fighters aren't giving in.
They plan to address town council next week.
Farmers, warehouse workers, and politicians today celebrated the 129th opening of Danville's Tobacco Market.
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Buyers browsed the rows of tobacco bales and inspected the leaves.
When the bidding was over, a quarter of a million pounds of tobacco had been sold at an average price of one-dollar-80-cents per pound.
Representative Virgil Goode and Senator Chuck Robb addressed the crowd.
Both leaders agree it's tough for tobacco communities to more forward with such an uncertain future.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: BUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO BUY MORE EQUIPMENT THAT HAS 10-15 YEARS LIFE EXPECTANCY OR MORE ARE MAKING THOSE DECISIONS AFTER THIS GROWING SEASON IS COMPLETE AND THEY WANT SOME INDICATION OF WHETHER THAT'S A WISE CHOICE... YOU SEE THE PROBLEM THEY FACE.))
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Southside auction sales of flue-cured tobacco continue weekdays through early November.
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Is the rest of the week going to be as nice as today? Robin has the answer next.
And then a little bit later, we'll tell you why a Flordia hair dresser is offering a 100 thousand dollars to purchase a recent piece of history.
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In sports, a couple of Pittsburgh Steelers are reuniting...with the Carolina Panthers.
Coming up next on health check --
Doctors are tricking the heart into healing itself.
And the vascular labs at Carilion hospitals receive kudos for meeting advanced qualifications in detecting potential health problems that could lead to stroke.
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((SHEILA ANGLE/VASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST: THERE'S APPROXIMATELY 500-THOUSAND DEATHS A YEAR FROM PULMONARY EMBOLI, WHICH IS JUST BLOOD CLOTS THAT MAY START IN THE LEGS AND GO TO THE LUNGS, CAUSING DEATH.))
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One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease.
It's the leading cause of death in the United States.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital's noninvasive vascular lab is working to reduce those statistics.
The hospital is one of only nine in Virginia to offer nationally accredited, state of the art labs.
Duplex sonography combines real-time 2-D imaging with Doppler flow
analysis -- in other words -- looking at the vessel and listening to its blood flow.
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((SHEILA ANGLE/VASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST: THERE ARE NO INJECTIONS. IT'S ALL SONOGRAMS JUST GEL ON THE LEGS OR THE ARMS, OR THE ABDOMEN OR THE NECK, WHERE EVER WE'RE SCANNING AND ACTUALLY LOOKING INSIDE THE VESSEL FOR ANY ABNORMALITIES. SO IT'S A VERY EASY TEST, NO MEDICATIONS, NO INJECTIONS, NO PAIN.))
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The ultrasound takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
The session is recorded for the surgeon to study and determine the best method of treatment.
Virginia law says children must buckle up on the road-- but is the Roanoke Valley passing the seatbelt test?
The Virginia Transportation Research Council says NO.
Engineering students are researching sites such as this one in Roanoke for the council.
They are finding that more than half of the children in cars are not properly restrained.
State law says children under four years old must ride in a car seat-- children between four and sixteen cannot ride in the back without a seatbelt.
Transportation officials say the Roanoke valley 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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The team will head to Danville and Richmond next week.
The information is published in part with the University of Virginia.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new device to remove unwanted body hair and its creators hope it's not just a flash in the pan.
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The Epi-Light removes the hair with pulses of light.
A gel is placed on the body as a conductor, then the light destroys the hair shaft and alters the follicle.
A few days after treatment, the hair falls out.
The procedure is billed as safe and painless.
[IN Q=The body hair]
[OUT Q=want to do it.]
The Epi-Light cannot be used on eyebrows. That's too close to the eyes.
The procedure is painless, but repeated applications are needed.
It's time now to hand things off to sports.
With news from the Carolina Panthers training camp, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Big East]
Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker that begins up in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The Big East conference held its annual pre-season media gathering today at the Meadowlands.
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West Virginia was picked to win the league this season by the media.
The Mountaineers picked up 13 of the possible 24 first place votes.
Syracuse was second, Miami third and the HOkies 4th.
Frank Beamer says others could also be a factor.
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Panthers coach Dom Capers who was Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator in the early 90's, has made a habit of recycling some of his former players in Carolina.
Steve Mason and photographer Mark Hollandsworth take us to a reunion of one of the NFL's most feared linebacking tandems.
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Coming up at six, we will continue our preseason high school football previews as the 15th season of Friday Football Extra draws closer.
Take care everybody.
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A Florida man wants to air out some dirty laundry at his Fort Lauderdale hair salon.
Jesse Briggs is offering Monica Lewinsky 100-thousand dollars for the stained midnight blue cocktail dress that allegedly links her to President Clinton.
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Briggs already has a memorabilia collection valued over a million dollars.
Some of his prize possessions include locks of hair from John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, and Elvis Presley.
He even owns a suit owned by Lee Harvey Oswald's killer, Jack Ruby.
Briggs says he's so serious about the offer, he's already made out the check.
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((JESSE BRIGGS/MEMORABLILIA COLLECTOR: I THOUGHT ABOUT OFFERING THEM A MILLION DOLLARS, BUT I KNEW THAT WOULD SOUND RIDICULOUS AND THEY WOULD PROBABLY THINK IT WAS HOAX OR SOMETHING. SO I FIGURED I WOULD OFFER THEM SOMETHING WORTHWHILE...AND WHO KNOWS SOMEONE COULD COME ALONG AND EVEN OFFER THEM MORE AND HAVE A BIDDING WAR OVER THIS DRESS.))
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[OUT Q=war over this dress.]
If Briggs does get Lewinsky to sell, he's going to have to wait. The F-B-I is currently testing the dress at its laboratory.