Coming up on News 7-
Wall Street tries to chase the bears away.
We'll tell you what local analysts are saying about the market.
Plus, Monica Lewinsky is ready to testify about her relationship with President Clinton.
And Roanoke movie buffs have 10 more reasons to see their favorite films on the silver screen.
News 7 is next.
A green light for D-N-A tests
on Rebbeca Chittum.
The results will help determine if she was switched at birth.
An attorney for her maternal grandparents says the family is lokking for answers.
A new ten-plex cinema opens its doors in Roanoke.
The first night attracted crowds with its one dollar admission for a movie, drink and popcorn.
It was back to school for some Danville students today.
We'll have those stories, plus a peek at your weekend weather tonight at 11.[Video-Open]
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((LINDA ROGERS/GRANDMOTHER; ONCE AGAIN I'D LIKE TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR ALL THE SUPPORT))
The family of three-year old Rebecca Chittum will soon know who her biological parents are.
Good evening, I'm Tonya Flory....Jean Jadhon has the night off.
Rebecca's maternal grandparents authorized DNA testing this morning.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[OUT Q=ee, News 7]
((It was a painful decision, that brought back memories of the accident that took the life of Kevin Chittum, Whitney Rogers and 5 others...
Linda Rogers, Rebecca's grandmother, says community support helps them cope.
[IN Q=I'd like to thank]
((LINDA ROGERS/GRANDMOTHER; I'D LIKE TO THANK GOD, MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS AND THE COMMUNITY FOR THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE GIVEN ME DURING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF WHITNEY.(07) AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK THE PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THESE TWO FAMILIES, THAT THESE LITTLE GIRLS MAY GROW UP TO LIVE AS NORMAL A LIFE AS POSSIBLE.))
[OUT Q=as possible]
The Rogers' attorney says, not only do they want to know whose biological child Rebecca is... they want to know to know what happened.
[IN Q=the state police]
((W. T. ROBEY/ROGER'S ATTORNEY; THE STATE POLICE HAVE REQUESTED AND THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE HAVE REQUESTED DNA AND I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THIS MORNING THAT THE ROGERS HAVE SAID THEY WILL COOPERATE IN EVERY REASONABLE WAY.))
[OUT Q=every reasonable way]
Paula Johnson, the other mother involved, and her attorney, also pledged their cooperation... and they said the children should NOT immediately be told the results... but be given time to adjust...
[IN Q=It doesn't have]
((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/MOTHER'S ATTORNEY; IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED, WE CAN MAKE IT SIMPLE AND IT'S MY PERSONAL GOAL TO DO THAT. WE HAVE TO KEEP IT SO THOSE CHILDREN DON'T END UP IN ROOMS LIKE THIS WHEN THEY'RE 17 YEARS OLD.))
[OUT Q=17 years old]
DNA testing began immediately... but no one knows how long it will be before the results are released.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
The Dow Jones Industrial Average bounced all over Wall Street today.
When the final bell rang, the Dow had gained 60-points.
It was a welcomed rally one day after the market's worst point loss this year.
In Roanoke, investors took the market zig zags in stride.
So did stockbroker Tom Dunkenberger, who predicted that the good times are far from over.
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[IN Q=some of the smartest]
((TOM DUNKENBERG/WHEAT FIRST UNION: SOME OF THE SMARTEST FINANCIAL MINDS IN THE WORLD HAVE SAID THE NEXT TEN YEARS WILL BE THE GREATEST YEARS IN WORLD HISTORY FOR GROWTH TECHNOLOGY, INGENUITY, WE'RE ONLY SCRATCHING THE SURFACE.))
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Ed Triplett is an investor who has been in the market for 20-years.
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((ED TRIPLETT/INVESTOR: YOU WISH YOU COULD SEE IT COMING SO YOU COULD MAKE MOVES THAT ARE TAILORED TO A PARTICULAR DAY LIKE THAT. BUT MOST OF THE INVESTMENTS THAT I HAVE ARE LONGER TERM -- 5-10-15 YEARS -- AND I PUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY INTO THE MARKET EVERY MONTH, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE MARKET IS GOING UP OR DOWN. ))
[OUT Q=up or down]
Both investors and experts agree the best strategy is investing for the long term.
So far this year, the stock market is up almost eight percent.
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It looks as though the lion did his job and chased away the bear market at the opening bell this morning.
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One man is dead after a courthouse shooting today in Kimball, Nebraska.
The janitor of the courthouse was shot in the back by a man who allegedly tried to force his way into the building.
Police arrested a suspect.
Iraq says it will stop cooperating with United Nations inspectors until the team is freed from direct United States influence.
A statement was released after a meeting of Iraqi leaders chaired by President Saddam Hussein.
Hussein says he'll no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
The statement is a protest against eight years of U-N economic sanctions.
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is expected to tell all before a grand jury tomorrow.
She agreed to testify with a grant of immunity from the prosecution.
She has already handed over a stained blue dress, which is being tested for DNA evidence of possible sexual activity.
Legal sources say Lewinsky will admit to having an affair with President Clinton.
He denies any affair and some democrats are backing the President.
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((REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: HE HAS SAID HE'S
GOING TO TESTIFY, WE HAVE KNOWN THAT AND WE SUPPORT HIM IN THAT. AND
WHAT WE SAY IS, THAT'S ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.))
[OUT Q=needs to be done.]
The White House, meanwhile, says it has no comment on what Lewinsky might say.
What turned out to be just a child's toy forced the evacuation of a Lynchburg post office this morning.
Around ten, workers in the Fort Avenue branch noticed a beeping sound coming from a large package.
They immediately took the box outside, evacuated the building and called the police.
[IN Q=They're trained in]
((LT. G.R. BALLOWE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THEY'RE TRAINED IN HOW TO BE ALERTED TO THOSE KINDS OF PACKAGES. THEY HAVE A PROFILE FOR A PACKAGE THAT WOULD POSSIBLY CONTAIN A BOMB, AND WHEN THEY HEARD THE BEEPING SOUND BEING EMITTED FROM THE BOX, THAT FIT THE PROFILE.))
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[OUT Q=fit the profile.]
A bomb- sniffing dog was called in but did not detect any explosives.
Police later opened the package and found a toy laser gun that was being mailed to a Lynchburg family from an address in Ohio.
Carmike Cinemas tore down its Tanglewood Mall three-screen theater in February.
Tonight it opened its new facility, complete with ten screens.
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David Johnson is at the theater for opening night.
So David, what's the big draw for this new multi-plex?
Well, Tonya, the attraction of this new theater is its seating and sound system. People say that combination has already made this movie house a box office smash.
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[SUPER=01-Karen Ata/First In Line; :44]
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(( Before the first movie hit the screen, workers were busy putting the finishing touches on Carmike Cinema's newest 10-plex.
They popped popcorn and prepared drinks.
Movie goers got their money's worth while checking out the new theater.
The first night's one dollar admission included the movie and refreshments.
Inside, this state of the art theater includes stadium seating and digital sound.
[IN Q=THE T-H-X]
((KEVIN THOMAS/CARMIKE CINEMAS; THE T-H-X SOUND LETS YOU HEAR THE AUDITORIUM THE WAY THE DIRECTOR WANTED YOU TO HEAR THE MOVIE. IF YOU HEAR AN EXPLOSION BEHIND YOU, YOU'LL HEAR IT DIRECTLY BEHIND YOU. IF YOU HEAR A HELICOPTER FLY BY, IT'LL FLY RIGHT PAST YOUR LEFT EAR JUST LIKE IF YOU WERE STANDING RIGHT THERE WITH EVERYTHING HAPPENING.))
[OUT Q=EVERYTHING HAPPENING.]
The lines were long as people waited for more than two hours to go inside.
[IN Q=IT'S A DOLLAR]
((KAREN ATA/FIRST IN LINE; IT'S A DOLLAR A TICKET WITH POPCORN AND DRINK. IT'S A CHEAP NIGHT AND I BROUGHT MY DAUGHTER. WE DECIDED TO MAKE A NIGHT OF IT. JUST GET OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN.))
[OUT Q=SOME FUN.]
Movie goers were not disappointed after getting a glimpse of Tanglewood's latest attraction.
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[IN Q=WITH THE EXCEPTION]
((JOHN PEDIGO/MOVIE GOER; WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE GRANDIN, THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE ONLY PLACE I'LL COME TO.))
((I HOPE THAT THEY'LL KEEP IT CLEAN AND I HOPE IT GOES WELL. I THINK IT WILL. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG SMASH. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE HERE. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MY FAVORITE MOVIER OF THE YEAR SO FAR, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, IN T-H-X.))
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[IN Q=THERE'S 1450 SEATS]
((LINDA MCNUTT/TANGLEWOOD MALL; THERE'S 1450 SEATS FOR PEOPLE TO COME AND ENJOY MOVIES AND WE'RE HOPING THAT ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WILL WANT TO EAT SOMETHING AND BUY SOMETHING BEFORE OR AFTER THE MOVIE.))
[OUT Q=THE MOVIE.]))
Now tonight the movies started at 7. Tomorrow I'm told they begin at around one o'clock.
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The price of admission is a quarter for the movie and regular price for refreshments.
On Friday, the new movies start and everything will be normal price.[Toss-2-Robin]
Tonya tosses to Patrick in the Chromakey
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The legislative pay raise controversy continues as another politician speaks out against the Attorney General's stance.
a night on the prowl turned into a little too much of a sport for two owls.
Their story when the news continues.
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(( Hey Tonya, welcome aboard tonight this is Mike Stevens in the sports office. Sosa cracks another homer at Wrigley today, and Billy Wagner is on the comeback trail.
We'll talks football with Northside and the Panthers and do a cheer or two!!
Go Big 7 - sports is coming up soon.))[Goldman]
Democratic activist Paul Goldman weighed in on the controversy over legislative pay raises today.
He challenged the decision by attorney general Mark Earley to take the issue to the Virginia Supreme Court.
But he also chastised the General Assembly for failing to resolve the issue.
He said lawmakers would save taxpayers some money if they met and worked out an agreement.
[IN Q=I think if they do that.]
((PAUL GOLDMAN/DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: I THINK IF THEY DO THAT, THE PUBLIC WILL BE MORE WILLING TO ACCEPT WHAT SOLUTION THEY'RE GOING TO PROPOSE. BUT IF THEIR IDEA IS 'NO, IT DOESN'T MATTER WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING, EARLY SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE ANYTHING BUT HE DID IT, BUT NOW WE'RE GOING TO SHOW HIM HOW TO BE REAL POLITICIANS AND JUST STONEWALL THE WHOLE THING', FIGURE IT WILL GO AWAY, THAT'S A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AND THAT'S JUST RAISING THE COST TO THE PEOPLE.))
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[OUT Q=cost to the people.]
Earley's office had no response.
It's not only the state's health...
Governor Jim Gilmore wants to improve the state's mental health.
The governor met with his mental health team today, including directors of the state's psychiatric hospitals and mental retardation centers.
Gilmore said he would appoint a special commission to figure out ways to improve those institutions and also address the needs of community mental health programs.
[IN Q=We need you to be open]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE NEED YOU TO BE OPEN TO OUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS MATTER AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT LEADERSHIP AS WELL. THE COMMISSION WILL REQUIRE YOUR EXPERTISE. AT THE SAME TIME THEY WILL BE TRYING TO GET THEIR PEOPLE TOGETHER TO GIVE US AN ADDITIONAL POINT OF VIEW.))
[OUT Q=point of view.]
The state will also hire a consultant to develop a master plan for the mental health system.
Gilmore's set aside 800-thousand dollars for that study.
The special commission's findings are due by December first.
It's not walking papers, but moving papers for workers at Bassett-Walker's Stuart factory.
The apparel maker is shutting down the plant and eliminating all 264 jobs.
The company says most of those employees should be able to find work at the main factory in Henry County.
That plant employs some three-thousand people.
This is the sixth plant Bassett-Walker has closed this year.[Tease2]
That's what some kids in Danville are saying as they wait at the bus stop.
Debris on Smith Mountain Lake has been making waves of its own.
We'll tell you about a possible solution coming up.
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Smith Mountain Lake is getting cleaned up-- and residents are excited about the changes.
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A crane is removing logs and other trash from the shoreline.
Contractors say the project will take six weeks-- they hope to cover about 100 miles of shore.
Some property owners say this is a great help to them because the trash is not JUST an eyesore.
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[IN Q=It's so frustrating to come down every morning]
((NANCY ZAVATSKY/PROPERTY OWNER:IT'S SO FRUSTRATING TO COME DOWN EVERY MORNING AND SEE THIS WOOD THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN USE YOUR COVE AND OFTEN TIMES WE CAN'T EVEN SWIM OFF OUR DOCK BECAUSE THE DEBRIS IS COMING IN AND COMING OUT.))
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[OUT Q=coming in and coming out]
The policy advisory board for the lake area launched the 70- thousand dollar project.
The cleanup focuses on the upper part of the Roanoke river.
Debris will be transported to a Bedford landfill.
One day down-- 179 to go.
Today was the first day of school for some students in Danville.
It may seem early for school busses to be back in action, but these children participate in the year-round program.
This year, Taylor Elementary and Gibson Middle School have joined Schoolfield Elementary in offering an extra 40-days of instruction.
[IN Q=I think one of the positive]
((MARY WALDRON/TEACHER: I THINK ONE OF THE POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT THE YEAR ROUND SCHOOLS WILL BE THAT CHILDREN THAT NEED SOME EXTRA TIME TO LEARN THINGS WILL HAVE AN ADDITIONAL DAYS IN SCHOOL THAT THEY CAN LEARN AND CATCH UP.))
[OUT Q=learn and catch up.]
Some parents chose NOT to enroll their kids in the year-round schools.
But MORE parents decided they wanted their children in the program.
Students who attend the other public schools in Danville return to classes after Labor Day.
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former Salem Avalanche star Jamey Wright helped his own cause last night with the Rockies.
He hit his first homerun of the season and also toosed a complete game five hitter to get his 6th win of the season.
The three men chasing Roger Maris' single season homerun record have been quiet for the first part of this week.
McGwire again failed to homer last night, and Junior has the night off.
Sammy Sosa did, however, come through with his 43rd homerun of the season in the Cubs game with Arizona.
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Sosa's homer came in the third inning to left center field.
He is now just two homers behind big league leader Mark McGwire, who plays later tonight.
The Cubs didn't get much pitching help as ace Kerry Wood was rocked for five runs in the first two innings.
His record falls to 11-and-6 as Arizona wins it 10-to-7.
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More hitting of a different kind yesterday in Frostburg, Maryland as the Redskins and Steelers hooked up in a controlled scrimmage.
Watch Michale Westbrook get free with the quick move for the long score.
But Kordell brings the Steelers back with this TD toss.
The Skins play their preseason opener Saturday against the Dolphins.
It's been 3 weeks since Billy Wagner was beaned by a line drive, but the memory of that incident is as vidid as if it happened this morning.
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The former Ferrum star is on the comeback trail these days.
He's pitching for the Astros' minor league team in Jackson, Mississippi and he says he isn't afraid to get back in the saddle.
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The Northside Vikings are in tonight's Friday Football Extra preseason spotlight.
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Viking head coach Jim Hickam is beginning his 24th season in charge of the Vikes.
He was greeted this week by a strong turnout of more than 60 players, who will be vying for playing time.
Most will get a look on offense, where the Vikes were wiped out by graduation.
Their defense is stout, however, with all but two players returning.
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For Hickam this is his 33rd year in coaching overall.
And he says he has no plans of stepping away from the game.
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The high school football teams aren't the only ones going through two a day practices this week.
In Blacksburg, More than 200 cheerleaders are working on their moves. Its a three day camp called Cheer Excellence.
Several schools from the area are represented and the camp includes instruction in tumbling, Dance and the other cheerleading routines.
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[SUPER=01-Kelly Shenal/Camp Director; :]
[OUT Q=...work well together."]
So far, over 900 cheerleaders, male and female have participated in the camp and you can get up close with the kids in our Primetime preseason Friday Football Extra anniversary show that airs at 9 o'clock August 21st on Your Hometown Station.
Blacksburg native Katie Ollendick, the all-american track star from Virginia Tech has now received an honor for her abilities in the classroom.
Katie is one of just 27 athletes nationwide to receive a $5000 dollar postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA.
She graduated this past May with a double major in Human Nutrition and exercise physiology and willnow do graduate work at UNC.
When we return, we will shift our attention to the NFL and talk with the
man who would love to win NFL comeback player of the year honors. Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins talks with Steve Mason right after this break.
After stinking up the NFL last season, Panthers' quarterback Kerry Collins is ready for a little redemption in 98.
Steve Mason has his story from the Panthers' camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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[OUT Q=..news 7 sports"]
((A year after his 1996 pro bowl season Kerry Collins was the leagues lowest rated quarterback.
a verbal hit aslo slipped from Collins mouth, a racial slur directed at one of his teamates. Kerry's contract extension talks with the Panthers broke down. The off season would make or break the fourth year pro.
((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH:))
Collins has a firm grasp on the new west coast offense implimented by Panther offensive coordinator Gil Haskell and his rejuvenated play ahs been noticed.
The panthers open the regular season September 6th against Atlanta. Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
The Baltimore Ravens need better quarterback play this year, as well - but yesterday they improved their cornerback back spot in teh secondary.
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Defensive back Dwayne Starks ended his holdout yesterday and signed a four year $7 million dollar contract this morning and immediately took part in his first workout in Westminster, Maryland.
The former Miami Hurricane is expected to be a backup to Rod Woodson.
Some soccer players spotted something extra in their net----and it was not the ball.
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These owls are not wax figures, they are real.
The North Carolina soccer players were doing laps around the field when they noticed a pair of Great Horned Owls trapped in the goal net.
A wildlife officer was called to the rescue and within 45 minutes the owls were freed.
Don't worry, the owls were in good shape once they could stand up and spread their wings.
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