Next on News 7 at 5, the families say the girls believed switched at birth WILL undergo D-N-A testing soon.
and local financial analysts react to yesterday's big drop on Wall Street and what it could mean for the future.
A new treatment for psoriasis is derived from something most people have in their kitchen.
And scientists may have found a way to break one of the toughest chemical addictions.
News 7 at 5 is next.[open]
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((W. T. ROBEY/ROGER'S ATTORNEY; MY GUESS IS IT WILL BE DONE VERY QUICKLY, BUT THEN AGAIN IT MAY NOT BE REVEALED UNTIL THE TOTAL INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED.))
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The family of a Buena Vista child, possibly switched at birth, give their approval for DNA testing.
Good Afternoon...I'm TF
The family of three year old Rebecca Chittum will soon know for certain, whose biological child she is.
DNA testing is now underway.
Eric Earnhart is in our newsroom with details...
Tonya, Paula Johnson, the other mother involved in the alleged switch... and the Chittim family, the paternal grandparents of Rebecca, have already approved DNA testing... the final decision rested with the Rogers, the maternal grandparents.
This morning they said yes...
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It is the missing link that will tell for certain whether or not Callie Johnson WAS switched with Rebecca Chittum...
It's also an important part of the criminal investigation into the incident.
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((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.))
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Rebecca's grandmother, Linda Rogers, says overwhelming support from the people of Buena Vista, has helped her and her family deal with the past few weeks.
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((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. 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.))
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Sentiment shared by Paul Johnson, the woman who may be Rebecca's biological mother... who says eventually, the children will need to know what's going on.
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((PAULA JOHNSON/MOTHER; I BELIEVE AT SOME POINT I WOULD HAVE TO TELL THESE CHILDREN, YOU GUYS HAVE MADE IT TO WHERE I'D END UP HAVING TO TELL THEM, BUT I JUST DON'T THINK RIGHT NOW AT 3 YEARS OLD THAT EITHER ONE OF THEM ARE CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING;))
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A Patrick County sewing plant will close in October-- affecting 264 workers.
Bassett-Walker, based in Martinsville, announced the shut-down of its Stuart facility this week.
The knitwear company says it is struggling to compete with foreign manufacturing facilities.
All of the Stuart employees will be given the chance to transfer to other Bassett-Walker plants in Martinsville and Henry County.
Those who choose not to transfer will be offered severance packages.
When the final bell rang on Wall Street today, the Dow Industrials closed up almost 60 points.
That follows yesterday's 300-point plunge -- the biggest drop so far this year.
But today on Roanoke's Wall Street, investors were keeping their cool.
They said they didn't like the idea that we could be entering a bear market.
But investors like Ed Triplett said they have no choice but to ride out the rough times.
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((ED TRIPLETT/INVESTOR: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER BULL MARKET AFTER THIS BEAR MARKET AT SOME POINT IN TIME. THE MARKET GOES UP, IT GOES DOWN. IT'S THE LONG-TERM UPWARD TREND THAT YOU WANT TO HITCH YOUR WAGON TO.))
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The experts also will tell you it's natural for the market to lose points from time to time.
Tom Dunkenberger called this recent downturn a buying opportunity.
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((TOM DUNKENBERGER/WHEAT FIRST UNION: YOU GOTTA LOOK AT THE STOCK YOU'RE BUYING AND KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT THE COMPANY YOU'RE BUYING. IF THEY'RE NOT HEAVILY EXPOSED TO ASIA, IF THEY HAVE GOOD STRONG MANAGEMENT TEAMS AND ARE BUYING COMPANIES THAT WILL HELP THEM STRATEGICALLY ADVANCE, THAT'S THE KIND OF COMPANY YOU WANT TO OWN.))
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Dunkenberger predicted the next 10 years will be a period of continued economic growth.
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Let's check in with Patrick Evans[tease#1]
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A beeping package causes a bomb scare in Lynchburg. We'll have the details next.
And an official in Greensboro is using television to teach a tough lesson about animal overpopulation.
On Health Check, researchers believe a drug used for epilepsy could help drug users break their addiction to cocaine.
A Lynchburg post office was evacuated today after employees mistook a child's toy for an explosive device.
Police were called to the Fort Avenue branch around ten, after a postal worker noticed a beeping sound coming from a large package.
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((LT. G.R. BALLOWE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AND THEY NOTIFIED THE SUPERVISOR IN THE POST OFFICE WHO CONTACTED US. AND ONCE WE RESPONDED TO THE SCENE, I CONCURRED THAT THERE WAS A BEEP COMING FROM THE PACKAGE AND IT WAS IN A ONE SECOND INTERVAL WHICH WOULD INDICATE TO ME A TIMING DEVICE.))
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A state police bomb-sniffing dog examined the package but did not detect any explosives.
Police x- rayed the box, then opened it to find a toy laser tag gun that was being mailed to a Lynchburg family from Ohio.
A North Carolina sheriff is planning to try and shock people into spaying and neutering their pets.
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Sheriff B-J Barnes of Guilford County has a weekly public service television program.
He wants to show stray animals being euthanized on T-V.
Barnes is getting national attention for the idea, he says, he hesitated about at first.
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((SHERIFF B.J. BARNES/GUILFORD CO.: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN, PLUS I'VE GOT PLENTY TO DO OTHERWISE, BUT IT'S JUST A NEED THAT I HAPPENED TO SEE. IF YOU TALK TO THE STAFF YOU'LL FIND THEY'RE GLAD TO HAVE THIS STRUCTURE AND FOLKS TRYING TO PUT THIS THING BACK TOGETHER.))
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Barnes says he hopes this graphic display on TV will get the message across of the importance of controlling the animal population.
Two more schools in Danville are participating in the city's controversial year-round program.
Taylor Elementary and Gibson Middle School have joined Schoolfield Elementary in offering an extra 40-days of instruction.
Children at those three schools returned to classes today.
Some parents oppose the alternative school schedule and opted out of the program.
But most parents say they're all for it.
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((JEANETTE BELL/PARENT: WE'VE NEVER DONE YEARROUND BEFORE SO IT'S A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR US BUT WE'RE LOOKING AT IT IN A POSITIVE WAY.))
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((JUDY JENNINGS/PARENT: IT HELPS THE CHILDREN. THEY'RE NOT OUT OF SCHOOL ASLONG. I DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY FORGET WAHT THEY'VE LEARNED WHEN THEY WERE INBEFORE.))
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Students who attend the other public schools in Danville return to classes after Labor Day.
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The Roanoke Valley is hosting a large group of young people this week. They're some of the best young musicians in our country.
Robin Reed is standing by with more on tonight's Summer Music Games.
TAKE Robin LIVE
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The road to Orlando leads through Salem tonight. It's not a new interstate development, it's the 1998 Summer Music Games. After tonight's performance at Salem stadium, the drum and bugle corps are headed for the National Championships at Disney World.
[Double Boxes=Tonya/Robin-Microwave] Robin Reed is participating this evening as the public address announcer and he jo
ins us live from Salem.
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Coming up in Sports, we'll have another update from the Carolina Panthers training camp.
But first in Health Check, researchers say they may have found a way to help addicts deal with their cravings for cocaine.
and we'll introduce you to Louie. He's the first dog to survive surgery to repair his damaged heart.
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Researchers think they may have found a drug which can cure cocaine addiction.
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Results of a study were announced today at a New York press conference.
A drug used to treat epilepsy called gamma vinyl-GABA or G-V-G was tested on cocaine-addicted rats and baboons.
It stopped their cravings for cocaine by limiting the production of
dopamine -- the chemical which cocaine triggers.
Scientists are optimistic that the drug will have the same effects in humans.
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((STEPHEN DEWEY/BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY: WE NOW BELIEVE THAT VERY SHORTLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER HOPE TO THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR IT AND THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST.))
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Researchers anticipate G-V-G will get final F-D-A approval by October and expect clinical trials to begin around the same time.
An over the counter treatment for Psoriasis is showing promising results.
It treats the painful problem with no apparent side effects and it's made from something you probably have in your fruit bowl.
Sandra Maas has more.
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A Colorado veterinarian has given new life to a miniature schnauser in a history making operation.
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The mitral valve in Louie's heart was giving out.
If he was a human, doctors would not hestitate to operate and replace the faulty valve with an artificial one.
Previously no dog had survived the surgery, but recent advancements in artifical valves encouraged veterinarian Chris Orton to operate.
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((DR. CHRIS ORTON/VETERINARIAN:THESE PROTHESIS ARE NOW AVAILIBLE IN SIZES SMALL ENOUGH TO PLACE IN DOG.THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR DOGS AND VETERINARY MEDICINE TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS.))
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Mitral Valve failure is the leading cause of death in dogs with heart problems.
The veterinarian hospital at Colorado State University is the only place performing the surgery and it can be expensive.
But Louie's owners say it's worth it to save what they call their only child.
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((YOU SURVIVED IT KIDDO. YOU'RE GOING TO BE A HEALTHY DOG FROM NOW ON.))
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In Sports, the Carolina Panthers are bringing the West Coast offense to the East.
With that and news from the Major Leagues, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-MLB]
Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker that begins on the big league basepaths.
The Roger Maris Chase is back on today as McGwire, Griffey and Sosa are trying to add to their totals.
All came up empty last night.
but already this afternoon Sammy Sosa has hit his 43rd homer of the season in the Cubs game with the Diamondbacks.
Right now Chicago trails the game ___ to ___.
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Last night Yankees' fans who live out on the left coast were treated to a double dip sweep.
And a double dip of Strawberry.
Darryl hit his 19th homer in game one to key that win, and then he blasted a pinch hit grand slam to key a 9 run ninth inning for the Yanks in game two as they came back to sweep the A's.
The Yankees have now won 80 games on the season.
A new offense should boost a Carolina attack that finished 26th in the NFL last year. Steve Mason has more on Gil Haskell's West coast additions.
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((Riding a sub par season from Kerry Collins, the Panthers scored only 16 points a game in 1997, ranking them 27th out of 30 teams in the league.
Floyd and the large stock of Panther backs will get the ball more in passing situations. But that has not lightened the load on the receivers.
Under the watchful eye of haskell, Collins has adjusted well to the new offense.
Former Virginia Tech fulllback bryan Edmunds is also trying to master the West coast offense. More on his Panther tryout later on this week. Steve mason news 7 sports.))
There not just playing around at a Connecticut toy store.
Well they are playing around, but there is a purpose behind it.
For the seventh year in the row Family Fun Magazine has gathered children of all ages to search for the perfect toy.
The magazine and the toy industry wants to know what play thing the kids would most like to take home.
The children will spend 32-thousand hours trying out the toys.
So far one of the more popular items has been the Bounce Around Tigger.
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The kids will vote on their favorite toys next week.
In case you think that's child stuff, the industry takes their decision seriously.
After all the children predicted the "Tickle Me Elmo" craze of 1996.