The families agree to D-N-A testing in the possible baby switch case at U-V-A.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX we'll hear from a family member of one of the little girls.
A game of lazer tag clears the post office- -fearing the worst from the beeping package.)
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason chats with Kerry Collins about righting a dismal 1997 season this year.
Plus, our preseason football previews roll on with Northside in the spotlight tonight.
And Sammy Sosa was anything but so-so today as he rips his 43rd homer of the season against the Diamondbacks.
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DNA testing is underway to determine if a three-year old Buena Vista girl was switched at birth.
Rebecca Chittum's maternal grandparents gave their approval this morning.
Her grandmother spoke with News 7 today.
Eric Earnhart has more.
[IN Q=It was a painful]
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[SUPER=01-Linda Rogers/Grandmother; :12]
[SUPER=01-W. T. Robey/Rogers' Attorney; :34]
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Johnson/Mother's Attorney; :56]
[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]
Stung by media reports of bitter battles and baby swapping, Linda Rogers also made an appeal to the press.
[IN Q=please be sure the]
((LINDA ROGERS/GRANDMOTHER; PLEASE BE SURE THE PEOPLE YOU'RE INTERVIEWING ARE GIVING YOU THE TRUTH AND NOT FALSE ACCUSATIONS.))
[OUT Q=false accusations]
The material needed for DNA testing was already in the lab... testing began immediately.
[IN Q=my guess is]
((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.))
[OUT Q=is completed]
No one knows how long that will take.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
It went up and down and back up again.
When the ride ended, the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a 60-point gain today...
Just one day after the Dow suffered its worst point drop this year.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Newsroom]
Scott Goldberg has been talking to both experts and casual investors.
Scott, is there any consensus here? -- Is the stock market in a "correction?"
Keith there are some signs the U-S economy is slowing down.
And there are signs that struggling Asian economies could be taking their toll on our stock market.
But technically, the market has NOT fallen 10 percent this year, the amount that would constitute a correction.
These past couple of days have undoubtedly caused some panic in New York.
But in Roanoke, if people are worried, they're doing a good job of hiding it.
[SUPER=01-Tom Dunkenberger/Wheat First Union;1:00]
[OUT Q=want to own]
[Roanoke Wall Street]
(( On THIS Wall Street you won't find too many nervous investors.
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[IN Q=Sure I care]
((PAYNE POINTDEXTER: SURE I CARE BUT I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=RIGHT NOW]
In Roanoke, they watch the stock market.
[natsound: yesterday's closing bell?]
But when it looks like the bears might be invading New York, Roanoke investors have a knack for staying bullish.
[SOT 12 38 58]
[IN Q=my feeling]
((DAYNA SHELLEY: MY FEELING PERSONALLY IS, I LIKE THE STOCKS LOW BECAUSE I CAN BUY MORE FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY.))
[OUT Q=AMOUNT OF MONEY]
[SOT 12 13 26]
[IN Q=IF IT'S THE END]
((ED TRIPLETT/INVESTOR: IF IT'S THE END OF THE BULL MARKET AND IT'S A BEAR MARKET, IT JUST MEANS THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF GOOD COMPANIES THAT ARE MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE.))
[OUT Q=MORE AFFORDABLE]
In the 20-years he's been investing, Ed Triplett has learned to put these market swings into perspective.
It almost sounds like he's a stockbroker.
[SOT 12 14 14]
[IN Q=we're going to have]
((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.))
[OUT Q=YOUR WAGON TO]
Tom Dunkenberger IS a stockbroker.
He's calling this a good opporutnity to buy stocks in certain companies.
[SOT 11 15 24]
[IN Q=if they're not]
((TOM DUNKENBERGER/WHEAT FIRST UNION: 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. ))
[OUT Q=WANT TO OWN))]
Dunkenber said he's still optimistic that over the next ten years, the market will keep growing...
And investors will keep getting good returns on their money.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Newsroom]
(KEITH QUESTION: In the short term, do the experts see anything that could make the market go lower?)
A bomb scare forced the evacuation of a Lynchburg post office this morning.
Around ten, a postal employee noticed a beeping sound coming from a large package.
The box was taken outside and workers evacuated the building before calling police.
[IN Q=And once we]
((LT. G.R. BALLOWE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: 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 INDICATED TO ME A TIMING DEVICE. AND WE CONTACTED THE STATE POLICE BOMB SQUAD AND HAD THEM RESPOND, AND THEY RAN THE EXPLOSIVE- SNIFFING DOG ON THE PACKAGE AND HE DID NOT ALERT.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. G. R. Ballowe/Lynchburg Police; :00]
[OUT Q=did not alert.]
Police later x- rayed the package and found nothing suspicious.
Inside was a toy laser tag game that was being mailed to a Lynchburg family from Maple Heights, Ohio.
Authorities say the postal workers did the right thing by erring on the side of caution.
Governor Jim Gilmore is out to show that reform of the state's mental health system is a top priority.
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.
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Smith Mountain lake residents are welcoming the newest effort to eliminate lake debris.
it's back to the buses in Danville as some students head back to school.
We'll have the story coming up.
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A Roanoke teenager- -being tried as an adult for murder- -took the witness stand in his own defense today.
Jawawn Hale told the judge about a COUPLE of run-ins with a man named Michael Andrews.
The first one involved a basketball game the MORNING on January 6th.
That night Andrews lay dead in the driveway of Hale's home on Southern Hills Drive.
In the first altercation, Hale testified he managed to free himself from Andrews grasp and run.
When he got home Hale said he couldn't tell his Mom that he almost got beat up and RAN.... saying, "I'm the man of the house."
The 15-year old defendant says he got his gun, because he was afraid his little brother might find it and hurt himself.
He said his arm was covering his face when the shots were fired.
When police arrived, Hale admitted he'd shot Andrews.
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Smith Mountain Lake is getting cleaned up-- and residents are welcoming the changes.
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A crane is removing logs and other trash from the shoreline of the lake.
Contractors say the cleanup will take time-- about six weeks.
They hope to clean about 100 miles of shoreline.
Property owners that boat and swim in the lake are happy the trash is being removed.
[IN Q=I'm going to feel like]
((NANCY ZAVATSKY/PROPERTY OWNER:I'M GOING TO FEEL LIKE MY HOME IS JUST SO MUCH NICER.IT'S GOING TO ALLEVIATE THIS FEELING THAT WE HAVE OF DEPRESSION EVERY MORNING WHEN I HAVE TO LOOK THERE.IT'S GOING TO MAKE US SO HAPPY.))
[SUPER=01-Nancy Zavatsky/Property Owner;]
[OUT Q=make us so happy]
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.
Bassett-Walker is closing another factory.
The apparel maker is shutting down its plant in Stuart and eliminating all 264 jobs.
But the company says most of those employees should be able to find work at the main factory in Henry County.
That plant employs some 3-thousand people.
This is the sixth plant Bassett-Walker has closed this year.[Fire-Station]
A Blacksburg businessman has stepped forward in hopes of saving the town's first permanent fire station.
Town council recently secured a contract to have the downtown site demolished within the next few weeks.
It's a move that has upset some older fire fighters.
The site would either be used for parking or as space for centralized trash dumpsters.
A Blacksburg volunteer fire fighter says businessman Vernon Baker approached town officials today about buying or leasing the building to prevent it from being torn down.
The same fireman says he was also told by a town official that plans to demolish the building have been temporarily put on hold.
A mixed day on Wall Street today.
The Dow gained 59 points to close at 85-hundred-47.
NASDAQ gained UP 3 points.
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Summer vacation is over a little early for some students in Danville.
The city's controversial year-round schools resumed classes today.
Christy Hubley tells us most parents and kids are excited that two more schools have joined the program.
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[SUPER=01-Vincentt Sutton/Eighth Grader; :47]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Covington/Parent; :51]
[SUPER=01-Wanda Vaughan/Gibson Middle School Principal; 1:09]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
[NATS (of children going to school)]
No, it's not September-- but these kids are going back to school.
They attend Taylor Elementary, one of Danville's new year-round schools.
[IN Q=Yearround school is based]
((JUDY WILLIAMS/TAYLOR ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL: YEARROUND SCHOOL IS BASED UPON THE SAME CIRRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION AS TRADITIONAL SCHOOL. IT'S SIMPLY TAKING THE CALENDAR AND MAKING IT MORE CONDUSIVE FOR LEARNING.))
[OUT Q=condusive for learning.]
Students go to school for 9-weeks then take a 3-week break.
During those breaks, they have the option of taking extra instruction.
Schoolfield Elementary and Gibson Middle School also participate in the year-round program.
Students and parents say they like the alternative schedule.
[IN Q=It's okay since]
((AMINAH MCCREE/EIGHTH GRADER: IT'S OKAY SINCE WE GET OUT A LOT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.))
[OUT Q=during the school year.]
[IN Q=I actually like it]
((VINCENTT SUTTON/EIGHTH GRADER: I ACTUALLY LIKE IT. I DON'T HAVE TO BE AT HOME BORED.))
[OUT Q=at home bored.]
[IN Q=I think it's great]
((SHARON COVINGTON/PARENT: I THINK IT'S GREAT. THREE MONTHS IS A LONG TIME TO BE OUT WITHOUT LEARNING AND THIS KEEPS THEM ON THE PATH. SO I THINK IT'S A GREAT THING.))
[OUT Q=a great thing.]
Not everyone in Danville is a fan of the year-round program.
Some parents in the three year-round districts decided to opt-out and enroll their children in a traditional school instead.
[IN Q=We've probably had another]
((WANDA VAUGHAN/GIBSON MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: WE'VE PROBABLY HAD ANOTHER 20 OPT IN AS PARENTS HAVE SAID 'I DO WANT MY CHILD IN AN EXTENDED YEAR PROGRAM.'))
[OUT Q=an extended year program.]
Students who attend the other public schools in Danville will return to classes after Labor Day.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Coming up for you tonight on New 7 sports our training camp reports with Steve Mason in Spartanburg continue, along with another big honor for a Hokie and another big homer for a Sosa.
Plus, the high school football previews roll on tonight as we check in Jim Hickam and the Northside Vikings.
The chase to break Roger Maris' all-time single season homerun record resumed this afternoon with one of the three major players
Sammy Sosa coming 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.
The Panthers offense was 26th in the NFL last season. Kerry Collins shouldered much of the blame. Steve Mason says he's putting a tough year behind him.
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[SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Coach; 1:02]
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[SUPER=01-Muhsin Muhammad/Panthers Receiver; 1:26]
[SUPER=01-William Floyd/Panthers Fullback; 1:36]
[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 finally got their number one draft pick in camp.
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Defensive back Dwayne Starks, who ended his holdout and signed a four year $7 million dollar contract this morning took part in his first workout today in Westminster, Maryland.
The former Miami Hurricane is expected to be a backup to Rod Woodson.
Tonight we continue our preseason Friday Football Extra previews with a visit to North Roanoke County where the co-champs in the Blue Ridge last season, Northside is gearing up for 98.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Vikings Practice Field;:00]
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.
[SUPER=01-Jim Hickam/Northside Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...of the season."]
For Hickam this is his 33rd year in coaching overall.
And he says he has no plans of stepping away from the game.
[IN Q="I have been...]
[OUT Q=...don't step, don't step."]
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.
The academic all-american will do her graduate work in physical therapy at UNC.
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The project for a Tanglewood Mall multi-plex movie theater began about six months ago.
Now the construction is complete and the doors are set to open.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Tonya/Newsroom]
Tonya Flory is in the Newsroom with more.
Keith, the Barnes and Noble bookstore was the latest addition to the mall and management says the opening of this 10-plex theater should generate even more excitement.
It's a state of the art structure, complete with stadium seating and digital stereo sound.
[IN Q=TONIGHT WE HAVE]
((KEVIN THOMAS/CARMIKE CINEMAS; TONIGHT, YOU COME TO THE MOVIES AND YOU PAY A DOLLAR AND YOU GET THE MOVIES, POPCORN AND DRINK. TOMORROW, IF YOU COME IT'S 25-CENTS FOR THE MOVIES AND THE CONCESSIONS ARE REGULAR PRICE. AND THEN WE OPEN FRIDAY FULL PRICE WITH REGULAR MOVIES.))
[SUPER=01-Kevin Thomas/Carmike Cinemas;]
[OUT Q=REGULAR MOVIES.]
The doors open tonight with the first movie showing at 7.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Tonya/Newsroom]
We'll have that story, plus the latest news sports and weather tonight on News 7 at 11.
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