On NEWS-7 at SIX in just a moment:
We'll hear from the mother of a little girl who's baby went home from the U-Va Medical Center maternaty ward with someone else.
A LIVE report from Charlottesville on that.
And a LIVE report on the City's compromise solution to the citizen outrage over a Habitat for Humanity project.
Tonight on the Big 7, tonight's Panthers' training camp report centers around wildman Kevin Greene and among other things his ties to Goldberg.
We'll contonue our preseason football previews with a look at Lord Botetourt.
And the Big East football media gathering was held today in Jersey.
West Virginia is the number one preseason pick, while the Hokies were tabbed fourth.
No Big changes here. Looks like the dry weather conditions will continue since we are in a blocking pattern. Details up next...
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Paula Johnson says she took one look at a picture of three-year old Rebecca Chittum and knew right away that Rebecca was her real daughter.
But the question whether Johnson will take custody of Rebecca or continue to raise her own three-year old girl remains unanswered.
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Steve Smallshaw is in Charlottesville, where Johnson told her side of an apparent baby mixup at the UVA medical center.
Steve, does Paula Johnson have an explanation for how this switch might have happened.
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(Q: Has Paula Johnson thought about how she will explain this to her daughter in years to come?)
Another unanswered question in the case is whether any of the families involved will take legal action against the University Of Virginia Medical Center.
Michael Irvine, attorney for Rebecca Chittum's paternal grandparents, says he's been told Paula Johnson WILL pursue a lawsuit.
HIS clients have NOT made a decision.
((MICHAEL IRVINE/CHITTUM'S ATTORNEY; THE CHITTUMS AT THIS POINT, WITH THE LOSS OF THE THREE FAMILY MEMBERS, KEVIN AND THE TWO YOUNGER CHILDREN, AND THIS DEVELOPMENT CONCERNING REBECCA, THEY FEEL LIKE, THEY'VE GOT ALL THEY CAN HANDLE EMOTIONALLY AT THIS POINT AND THEY NEED SOME TIME AND SOME SPACE TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM AND THOSE OTHER MATTERS CAN BE PUT OFF TILL A LATER TIME.))
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Irvine says the Chittums want D-N-A testing done to prove who Rebecca's biological parents are.
He says the maternal grandparents, the Rogers' family, may make a decision on whether or not to allow the tests as early as tomorrow
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It was one of the more controversial topics to come up at city hall.
Habitat for Humanity wanted to build new homes in a middle class neighborhood, but the residents of Westview Terrace said, not in their backyard.
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Scott Goldberg is in the northwest neighborhood tonight.
Scott, has the city come up with a plan everyone can live with?
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[SUPER=01-Melva Jeffries/Westview Resident;:08]
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(( Melva Jeffries grew up in poverty.
She used to live in public housing, and she worked hard to get where she is today.
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((MELVA JEFFRIES: 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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Jeffries and her neighbors say it's not Habitat for Humanity they're against...it's the 35-homes Habitat wanted to build in their back yards.
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((MELVA JEFFRIES: IF HABITAT HAD PROPOSED TWO HOMES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD THE NEIGHBORS WOULD'VE GOTTEN TOGETHER TO HELP BUILD THEM. BUT NOT 34 HOMES ON SEVEN ACRES.))
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((TERRY SMITH/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: WE HAVE BEEN MADE OUT TO BE THE BAD GUYS HERE.))
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Habitat admits it made some public-relations mistakes.
Terry Smith said the group should have met with people who lived near the development BEFORE bulldozers started tearing up the land.
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((TERRY SMITH: WE DID TAKE THE STEP TO CALL A MEETING WITH THE NEIGHBORS. THE TIMING OF THE MEETING AND THE PLACEMENT OF OUR BULLDOZERS AND WORK ON THE INFRASTRUCTURE WORK WAS BAD.))
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The timing was so bad that city councilman Jim Trout felt like he needed to step in, proposing that the city would acquire the land and turn it into something everyone can live with:
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((JIM TROUT/CITY COUNCILMAN: I I THOUGHT ABOUT IT OVER THE WEEKEND -- WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD COMPROMISE OR EXCHANGE OF LAND AND I CAME UP WITH SOMETHING THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS EXCITED ABOUT AND THAT'S A PARK.))
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(Q: And what does Habitat say about that idea?)
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The future of Blacksburg's first fire station is in jeopardy.
As lawmakers try to put the tobacco deal back on the bargaining table in Washington...farmers put their tobacco on the auction block.
The opening of Danville's tobacco market when the news continues.
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The chant of the auctioneer.
The golden color and rich smell of flue-cured tobacco.
These are the sights and sounds of Southside tobacco markets-- which opened today for the 1998 selling season.
Christy Hubley was in Danville for the ceremonial start.
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(((auctioneer's chant) Sold in Danville Virginia. Welcome folks.))
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With that, Danville's 129th Tobacco Market was open for business.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE: I WOULD LIKE TO URGE ALL THE BUYERS HERE TO REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE THE BEST, WE HAVE THE CLEANEST, AND I ASK THAT YOU PAY THE HIGHEST PRICES FOR OUR GREAT PRODUCT.))
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The tobacco did go for a good price-- an average one-dollar-80-cents per pound.
The auction moves so quickly, buyers must know what they're looking for.
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((HARRY LEA/PIEDMONT BIG SALE: THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ARE STALK POSITION-- WHETHER THE LEAF COMES FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE PLANT OF THE TOP OF THE PLANT-- AND THEN MATURITY.))
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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 farmers aren't sure they can afford to sink money into new baling machines.
With a national tobacco settlement in limbo, they are worried about an uncertain future and are looking for protections from the federal government.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: THEY'RE ASKING ESSENTIALLY ASKING FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY WHO'S GOING TO BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY ANYTHING THE GOVERNMENT DOES IS TREATED FAIRLY.))
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Almost all of the tobacco sold at this first auction was carry-over from last year.
This year's crop should be ready for market next week.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
By punishment or persuasion -- farmers are being urged to clean up the water.
About 25 cattle farmers met for an educational seminar, but it all boiled down to water quality.
Extension agent Steve Britt says farmers get blamed for e-coli in Smith Mountain Lake.
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((STEVE BRITT/EXTENSION AGENT: WHEN FOLKS GO BY AND SEE CATTLE STANDING IN THE CREEK, THEY TEND TO THINK OF SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST IN TERMS OF E-COLI AND THIS TYPE OF THING. FARMERS NEED TO BE PROACTIVE TO GET CATTLE OUT OF CREEKS AND PONDS. IT'S BETTER FOR THE WATER SUPPLY AND IT'S ALSO BETTER FOR THE HEALTH OF THE CATTLE.))
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The D-E-Q is trying to control animal waste in the water by making it tougher to get a farm permit.
Now, more information and inspections are required to get a permit.
The state is also working on a voluntary program, for people who want their farms inspected confidentially without threat of punishment.
Wall Street endured the worst session this year.
The DOW lost almost 300 points today- -more than 3-percent of its value... the third worst POINT loss ever.
NASDAQ was down 65 points.
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A decision to tear down Blacksburg's first permanent fire station is drawing fire.
Town council has secured a contract to demolish the building within the next few weeks.
The downtown site will either be used for six to eight parking spaces or as a centralized trash collection site.
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((BONNIE SVRCEK/INTERIM BLACKSBURG TOWN MANAGER:WE HAVE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT GROUPS, DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES, DOWNTOWN PROPERTY OWNERS THAT CLEARLY THERE IS A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL PARKING. ))
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Several of the town's older fire fighters say the building should be preserved.
It was built in the early 1930's and also served as a jail and later as the police department.
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((JERRY OLINGER/BLACKSBURG VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER:FOR US THAT GREW UP IN BLACKSBURG THAT WAS THE OLD FIRE STATION, WHEN WE WAS A KID, YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN THERE AND SERVED AS A SYMBOL, FOR A LOT OF YEARS, I THINK THE TOWN NEEDS TO PRESERVE IT.
R.D. MCCOY/BLACKSBURG VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER: IT'S VERY UPSETTING TO TURN IT INTO NOTHING, WHAT IT AMOUNTS TOO, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A PLAQUE PUT ON IT FOR FUTURE REFERENCE FOR THE CITIZENS OF BLACKSBURG. ))
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The fire fighters plan to take their concerns to next week's town council meeting.
A local furniture chain is furnishing Roanoke's Center In The Square with a new building.
Grand Home Furnishings donated the building worth in excess of one million dollars to the cultural arts organization.
Officials say the strategic placement of the Grand structure will meet the growth needs of more than just the center.
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((JAMES SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE; IT SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EXPANSION EFFORT THAT THE CITY OF ROANOKE IS UNDERTAKING. IT SITS SORT OF IN THE MIDDLE OF CENTER IN THE SQUARE AND THE TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM AND WHAT MIGHT BE DONE OVER ON HENRY STREET.))
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Grand plans to move out of the building next July.
Its downtown outlet store and 16 employees will be moved to the company's Rhodes Avenue warehouse near Orange Avenue.
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll check in at Big East football media day and talk with members of the Hokies and the Mountaineers.
Steve Mason reports from Panthers' camp tonight with Kevin Greene.
And our preseason Friday Football Extra previews continue tonight as we check in with the folks down at Lord Botetourt.
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The Big East football conference held its annual media day in the Meadowlands today and the West Virginia Mountaineers were picked by members
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of the media to win the conference.
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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Lord Botetourt is getting ready to open it's football season with a new offense.
When the team takes the field, Tony Hart's Cavaliers will be operating a run and shoot offense.
Coach says passing A LOT was already in the plans, but after he hired former Salem star Brad Bradley to work with the offense, the run and shoot seemed to be the best alternative.
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Tomorrow we'll take a look at one of Botetourt's Blue Ridge District rivals--Northside.
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36-year-old Carolina Panthers' linebacker Kevin Greene is nearing the end of a successful NFL career. And whether he's wrestling the WCW's Giant or opposing quarterbacks, Greene's positive attitude is contagious.
Steve Mason and photographer Mark Hollandsworth have more from the Panthers' camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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The Salem Avalanche return to action on their home diamond tonight taking on the Danville 97's in a seven o'clock game.
It's the first of a three game series between the two southern division rivals.
Smokey Bear will also be at the game celebratinghis 54th birthday.
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