[babies-conference]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-B]
[GRAPHIC=Baby Swap]


The maternal grandparents of Rebecca Chittum say they WILL allow D-N-A testing on the 3-year-old.
Chittum is believed to be one of two babies switched at birth at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
The grandparents' attorney says they will allow the testing at the request of investigators looking into the switch.

Yesterday, the mother to one of the children made it clear that the health and happiness of both children will be top priority.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville;]


Yesterday, Paula Johnson and her lawyer said the two families will meet soon to sort out questions of who should care for the 3-year old girls.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There is no]

(( CYNTHIA JOHNSON, PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: THERE IS NO REASON TO GET COURTS INVOLVED. ))
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Johnson/Paula Johnson's Lawyer;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=get the courts involved.]
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[VO-NAT]


Last month after DNA tests were conducted for a seperate case, Johnson discovered that it was genetically impossible for the little girl who calls her mommy to be her daughter.
University of Virginia Hospital officials believe Rebecca Chittum, is actually Johnson's child.
The two girls were born just hours apart at the medical center.
Recently Paula Johnson was given a picture of Rebecca.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=She's]

(( PAULA JOHNSONS:SHE'S A BEAUTIFUL CHILD WHO LOOKS JUST LIKE ME." ))
[SUPER=01-Paula Johnson/Mother;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT Q=looks just like me.]
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[VO-NAT]


The mix-up took another tragic turn when the parents raising the other child were killed in car accident in Botetourt County July 4th.
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[Bomb-Scare]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-54 TC 39:07]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A bomb scare kept a Lynchburg post office and the surrounding neighborhood on edge for more than an hour this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Around 10, employees at the Fort Avenue branch noticed a beeping sound coming from a large box being mailed to Lynchburg from Ohio.
They immediately placed the package outside and called authorities.
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[SOT 11:18:53]
[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.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. G. R. Ballowe/Lynchburg Police; :00]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=fit the profile.]
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[VO-NAT]


A state police bomb- sniffing dog checked the package but found nothing unusual.
Authorities say the box contained a child's laser tag game that was being mailed to a local family.
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[Charge-Reduced]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=net-H;from 96-108, 2-25-97]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Charges against a West Virginia teen-ager have been reduced in connection with a Floyd County murder.
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[vo-nat]
[super=03-Floyd Co./February 1997]


19-year-old Mark Anthony Beavers WAS facing a capital murder charge after last year's shooting death of Stanley Harmon Senior.
Harmon's car, wallet, and rifle were missing when his body was found.
Beavers' attorney argued that robbery was NOT a motive in the killing, it was only an afterthought.
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[anchor=melanie]
[ss=hold]


Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs agreed and reduced the capital murder charge to first-degree murder.
Beavers says he was enraged by a sexual advance from Harmon, and THAT'S why he killed him.



[WALL-STREET]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-C]
[GRAPHIC=Stock Markets]


It's a new day on Wall Street, and investors are hoping it's nothing like yesterday.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; ]


The Dow Jones industrials gained in the opening minutes of trading today, after falling nearly 300 points yesterday.

At noon the DOW was *****.
The Dow's third biggest point drop ever was fueled by fears about Asia's economic woes and weak earnings reports.
[SUPER=03-London, UK;]


The effects of the sell-off carried over to foreign markets, with most trading down today.
Barry Petersen has reaction from Tokyo.
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[WIPE/WIPE/WIPE][CLINTON-LATEST]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-E]
[GRAPHIC=Monica Lewinsky]


Some repeat appearances today before the Monica Lewinsky grand jury.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Former White House deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes was the first to arrive for testimony today.
He'll likely face questions about whether he and a Secret Service agent ever found President Clinton alone with Lewinsky.
And after testifying for five hours yesterday, White House Attorney Lanny Bruer also showed up at the courthouse today.
Meantime, results from D-N-A tests taken on Monica Lewinsky's dress may be ready today.
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[Home-Depot]


[ANCHOR=mELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-52; TC 36:21]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Home Depot wants to call South Roanoke County home.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

A developer seeks to rezone a 20-acre tract of property near the corner of 419 and Brambleton Avenue. County officials say 21 businesses and 10 homeowners whose properties skirt the project have signed options agreeing to sell. But others feel the retail store will do more harm than good.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT=19:31:40]
[IN Q=WE HAVE A]

((DOUG BASHAM/BRAMBLETON HARDWARE; WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON 419 AT SUGARLOAF FARMS, SUGARLOAF RESIDENTS. WILL WE JUST CONTINUE TO ENCROACH AND GRADUALLY EAT UP ALL OF THE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES ALONG THE CORRIDOR OF 419? I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR.)) ((ELMER HODGE/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR; HOME DEPOT IS CONTINUING TO EVALUATE THE SITE. THEY'VE BEEN TO THE PROPERTY AND REVIEWED THE PROPERTY AND THEY'RE VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN THE PROPERTY. THEY ARE WORKING THROUGH THE ISSUES, AS WE ARE, ON THE NEIGHBORING AREAS. SO WE HAVE TO RESOLVE THOSE ISSUES. TRAFFIC AND THINGS OF THAT TYPE.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Basham/Brambleton Hardware; :00]
[SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/County Administrator; :17]
[RUNS=36]
[OUT Q=THAT TYPE.]
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[VO-NAT]

Hodge says the project is not a done deal. The county's planning commission will vote on the rezoning request in two weeks.
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[E-Center-Grand]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-49 1:07:31]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke's Center in the Square is receiving a GRAND gift, to the tune of one million dollars.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Locally-based Grand Home furnishings has donated its downtown outlet store to Center in the Square.
The 64-thousand foot structure will house additional programs for the center.
Grand will move its downtown outlet store to the company's warehouse near Orange Avenue.
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[Yearround-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-43 TC 1:41:45]
[GRAPHIC=Back to School]


No, it's not September yet, but some students in Danville are back in school.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


School busses dropped off children this morning at the city's three year-round schools.
The educational program isn't new to Danville, but it is new to Taylor Elementary and Gibson Middle School.
In the year-round program, students get an optional 40-extra days of instruction.
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[SOT 16:25:13-:26]
[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.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Waldron/Teacher;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=learn and catch up.]
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[VO-NAT]


Some parents chose NOT to enroll their kids in the year-round schools.
But MORE parents decided they wanted their children in the program.
Many grade levels in the year round schools are filled to capacity.
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[IRAQ]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net-O]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Conflict]


Iraq's Parliament is calling for an immediate end to cooperation with U-N weapons inspectors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]


The vote today is to protest against the eight-year- old economic sanctions on the country.
The action comes after the U-N inspections chief cut short a visit to Baghdad this week, after disarmament talks broke down.
[SUPER=03-London, United Kingdom;]


Richard Butler says Iraqi officials were insisting that he give them a clean bill of health.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I said]

(( RICHARD BUTLER: I SAID I CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT EVIDENCE, I DON'T HAVE A MAGIC WAND. IT HAS TO BE BASED ON EVIDENCE AND HE SAID WELL IF YOU CAN'T DO THAT, IF YOU CAN'T DO IT OUR WAY THEN WE SUSPEND TALKING WITH YOU. ))
[SUPER=01-Richard Butler/Chief UN Weapons Inspector;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=talking with you for a while.]
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]


The White House has warned Saddam Hussien that all options should remain open, including military action.
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[Fieger]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net-P]
[GRAPHIC=Jack Kevorkain]


The man best known for being Jack Kevorkian's lawyer is a step closer to ending up in Michigan's governor's mansion.


(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI;]

[7:05:36]
Geoffrey Fieger has won a narrow victor in the Democratic primary.
He faces an uphill battle against Republican incumbent John Engler.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]

[10:04:52]
[IN Q=I am going]

(( GEOFFREY FIEGER:I AM GOING TO BUY NEW BOXING GLOVES TO BOX THE EARS OFF JOHN ENGLER." ))
[SUPER=01-Geoffrey Fieger/(D) MI Gubernatorial Candidate;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=off John Engler;]
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[VO-NAT]


Fieger has billed himself an anti- establishment outsider who would protect civil rights.
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[Safety-Belts]


[from E-Seat-Belts]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=cch]
[TAPE#=net-F;from 98-46 1:09:43]
[GRAPHIC=Safety belts]


Transportation officials say Roanoke Valley parents are NOT abiding the law when it comes to strapping seat belts on their kids.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The Virginiia Transportation Research Council says the Roanoke valley area ranks the worst in the state for child car- safety.
Engineering students are conducting research at sites such as this one in Roanoke for the transportation council. The results show that more than half of the children in cars are not wearing seatbelts.
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[E-Fire-Station]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-48 1:03:09]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Special events are underway in Blacksburg as the town celebrates its 200th birthday.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Some older Firefighters say that celebration is reaons enough for town council to reconsider its decision to demolish the town's first permanent fire station.
The downtown site, which was built in the early 1930's, will be used for parking or as a place for trash containers.

(/////SOT/////)

[11:54:46]
[SOT]
[IN Q=It just]

((HAROLD SMITH/BLACKSBURG VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER:IT JUST DON'T JIVE, IT'S HEARD TO BELIE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE AT THIS TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE BICENTENNIAL IS GOING ON. ))
[SUPER=01-Harold Smith/Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Fighter; :00]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=going on.]
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[VO-NAT]


Although town council has secured a contract to demolish the site-- the fire fighters are NOT giving in.
They plan to address town council next week.
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[E-Night-Out]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-53 34:03]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


It was the nation's night to fight back against Crime.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Crime PREVENTION was the focus of the National Night Out.
Communities across southwest Virginia and the country learned how to make themselves safer.
In Danville, the fun and educational program had a Mayberry theme-- complete with the Mayberry deputy.
Children and their parents could play games, check out fire engines, and pick up important information about community groups.
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[SOT 51:31-:44]
[IN Q=It brings neighborhood watch]

((STEVE ANDERSON/DANVILLE CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER: IT BRINGS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH OTHERS, THEY LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER. END RESULT: THEY'RE BUYING INTO THE COMMUNITY, LOOKING OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER BETTER, AND LEARNING SOMETHING IN A FUN-FILLED WAY HOPEFULLY.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Anderson/Danville Crime Prevention Officer;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=fun-filled way hopefully.]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[E-Rke-Night-Out]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=lba]
[TAPE#=98-52 53:06]
[GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


And it was a night to take back the streets in Roanoke.
The Trinity Lutheran Church hosted a bake sale... complete with ice cream.
Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a Neighborhood Watch sign.
Police officers distributed badges to the children.
Some had a little trouble juggling their food and badge at the same time.
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[Summer-Music]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#none--Live Remote]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's time again for music to fill the air of Salem.
The Summer Music Games of Southwest Virginia take place tonight.
[Double Boxes=Melanie/Guest--Microwave]


Joining us now is music-maker Steven Moss who will be performing.
Good afternoon.

(ad libs interview with guest)



[super=01-Steven Moss/Phantom Regiment Drum Major]
[super=05-Roanoke]


Questions:
Tell us a little bit about what you do.
How many years have you played in the Summer Games?
[Take Live Full for answers]
What do you like best about the Summer Games?
What's going on right now?


[Double Boxes=Melanie/Live Guest]


Thanks for your time.

(ad libs to Kimberly's weather toss)



[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]

On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 68 points.