Coming up next, the grandparents of one of the little girls allegedly switched at birth speak to News 7,
and we'll tell you why residents of a Salem apartment complex are still worried about the safety of their homes.
Another day of locally heavy showers. Things settle down as we head into Tuesday.
The city of brotherly love is trying to calm residents fears about a flesh eating bacteria.
And a laser system that shoots holes in the heart may be the answer for coronary artery disease patient.
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The wait to find out just who's baby Rebecca Chittum is will take longer than originally thought.
The D-N-A tests results the families are anxiously awaiting will not be ready today as first thought.
Today the lawyer for the survivng mother said the results of this second round of testing will not be known until later this week.
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Meanwhile the family of Rebecca Chittum took time out today to speak to the media.
Eric, what was on the their mind today?
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After seven fires in two weeks, the people who live at a Salem apartment complex are not waiting for answers.
Many are moving out, even if the rules say they can't.
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Scott Goldberg has been following their story all weekend and is in our newsroom tonight.
Jean, a lot of the people who live at Willow River were up all night, patrolling the complex.
The police also have a larger presence there today.
But most residents we talked to say too much damage has already been done.
They don't have the energy to go on patrol, and they don't want to stay around long enough to see what the police investigation turns up.
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When the seventh fire hit Willow River Sunday morning, it did so much damage to both property and nerves that Salem police asked state law enforcers to join the investigation.
This afternoon state police were looking for evidence and interviewing witnesses...
While the people who live at Willow River were asking a few questions of their own.
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((SHAMESHA CUSTER: THEY WANT YOUR BUILDING TO BURN DOWN BEFORE YOU MOVE. THEN WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO MOVE? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE WITH YOU?))
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They want to find somewhere else to live, but they're finding out that moving won't be easy.
Only those whose homes were damaged can legally break their leases.
But some, like Scott Kinney, say they'll move no matter what it costs.
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((SCOTT KINNEY: YOU CAN REPLACE YOUR MATERIAL THINGS BUT YOU CAN NEVER REPLACE FAMILY.))
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Willow River's manager, who didn't want to go on camera today, has said she understands what everyone is going through.
She also lives at the complex.
But she said rules are rules.
And if residents stop paying their rent, she'll take them to court.
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((VIRGINIA VASSEY/WILLOW RIVER RESIDENT: I'M LEAVING THE FIRST CHANCE I GET. LEASE OR NO. SHE SAID YOU'LL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. I SAID OH NO. I'M GONNA GO TO AN OLD FOLKS HOME. AND YOU CAN'T TOUCH ME.))
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While residents were figuring out what they'll do next, the juvenile who Salem police arrested Friday in connection with some of the earlier fires was in court today.
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The 10-year old boy is still in custody.
His grandmother said she'd keep him, if the judge would let the boy live with her.
She lives at Pebble Creek.
Judge Philip Trompeter apparently thought it wouldn't be a good idea to move the suspect to another apartment complex.
The boy had lived at Willow River with his Mom until he was arrested Friday. SHE says her son "didn't do it..." that if the police say he admitted setting fires, the confession was made OUTSIDE her presence, and that he must not have known what he was saying.
When the judge asked the boy if he knew what "ARSON" means, the supect indicated he did NOT.
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Union employees at Bell Atlantic continue to walk the picket lines. We'll have more on that in a moment,
And the dead are returned home as workers continue to search for survivors from last week's explosions in Africa.
On health Check, we'll tell you why doctors are drilling holes in the hearts of some of their heart patients.
and Patrick Evans is about to get a heart healthy rake across the coals.
Three days after the embassy bombings in Africa- the search for survivors goes on.
Rescue workers today heard tapping under the debris near the U-S embassay in Nairobi.
((YOU SHOULD ALL KNOW OUR TEAMS ARE ON THE GROUND IN AFRICA. THEY'RE TENDING TO THE WOUNDED. THEY'RE PROVIDING SECURITY . THEY'RE SEARCHING AND FINDING EVIDENCE . WE WILL DO WHAT WE CAN TO BRING THE MURDERES TO JUSTICE. APPLAUSE.))
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The United States has offered a multi million dollar reward for information leading to an arrest in the bombings.
Meanwhile the bodies of eleven Americans killed in Kenya are heading home.
The 12th American will be buried in Kenya.
The Chairman of the Roanoke Housing Authority Board says there is no stand-off with City Council.
Wick Anderson says the authority will seek a fair solution to the recent controversy involving a parcel of land in the Gainsboro neighborhood.
A 20-year old letter calls for the Housing Authority to purchase the commercial property and sell it to First Baptist Church at a lower residential price.
But since 1978, the property values have risen, and a majority of council members say they can not support the use of taxpayer funds to purchase the land for a tax- exempt organization.
Wick Anderson says the Housing Authority staff and board of commisioners will seek a solution.
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Anderson says he hopes to have more information at the next meeting of the Housing Authority Board.
Hundreds of people hit the picket lines again this morning-- but not for higher wages.
Strikers for the Communication Workers of America want better benefits from Bell Atlantic.
More vacation time and an end to forced overtime work are among the demands.
350 people showed up for the strike on Airport Road in Roanoke-- workers also picketed in Danville.
C-W-A workers say the strike is not about money-- they just want more time with their families.
Bell Atlantic officials have been working on a contract since Saturday night.
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((MIKE RIELEY/BELL ATLANTIC SPOKESMAN:WE HAVE SINCE SATURDAY NIGHT HAD A CONTRACT OFFER ON THE TABLE THAT WE THINK IS EXCELLENT. WE THINK THIS IS AN UNNESCESSARY STRIKE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A GOOD OFFER ON THE TABLE AND THE BARGAINING TABLE IS THE PLACE TO GET YOUR CONTRACT NOT THE PICKET LINE))
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Bell Atlantic's management are filling in for striking workers in service and repair departments.
300 people work in the Roanoke Bell Atlantic building.
Over 73-thousand workers are striking nationwide.
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If you're trying to think of something tasty for your barbecue, Patrick Evans is standing by. He's outside grilling the usual fare.
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Patrick Evans is at it again, sneaking food into his work schedule.
This time, he's out by the grill, and Lee Ann King from Lewis-Gale is helping him beef-up flavor and reduce fat while grilling out this summer.
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In Sports news, a Winston Cup driver loses a family member in a Nevada plane crash. Mike Stevens will have the details in a moment.
Coming up next on health check --
One Roanoke doctor is healing heart's by drilling holes in the muscle.
But only a small segment of heart surgery patients are candidates for this new procedure.
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((DR. CHRIS WELLS/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON: FREQUENTLY THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO'VE GOT DIABETES, THE BLOOD VESSELS HAVE BEEN RIDDLED WITH DIABETIC BLOOD VESSELS CHANGES OR JUST SOMETIMES THE BLOOD VESSELS BECOME SO DISEASED THERE IS JUST NOTHING LEFT.))
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Having a hole in the heart doesn't sound like a positive health condition, but it's the latest in cardiac surgery.
The procedure has not been performed yet in the Roanoke Valley, but will be available at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital possibly by late summer.
Doctor Chris Wells is looking at three potential candidates for this operation to relieve chest pain and pressure associated with heart attacks.
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((DR. CHRIS WELLS/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON: THE MOST COMMON PATIENT IS SOMEBODY WHO'S HAD A BYPASS DONE IN THE PAST AND MANY AN ANGIOPLASTY OR TWO PERFORMED STILL HAVING ANGINA WITH ALMOST ANY ACTIVITY AT ALL.))
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Transmyocardial Revascularization or TMR uses the heart laser system to make channels through oxygen deprived heart muscles into the heart's left ventricle which is the pumping part of the heart.
It's an alternative to bypass surgery or angioplasty.
During the surgery a computer shoots laser beams, synchronized to fire, only between heartbeats through the muscle wall surrounding the left ventricle.
This allows coronary artery patients to perform everyday activities without pain.
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((DR.CHRIS WELLS/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON: THE THING THAT'S A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING TO THE PATIENT IS THE RELIEF TO THIS TYPE OF SURGERY ISN'T NECESSARILY IMMEDIATELY. WHEREAS WITH BYPASS SURGERY OR ANGIOPLASTY PEOPLE ARE BETTER IMMEDIATELY WHEN THEY WAKE UP. WITH THIS TYPE OF SURGERY IT CAN TAKE ON THE AVERAGE THREE MONTHS AND UP TO SIX MONTHS TO SEE THE FULL BENEFIT OF THE SURGERY.))
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Doctor Wells says in the long term, patients can return to an active lifestyle free from heart medication.
The new procedure is F-D-A panel approved for severe coronary artery disease patients who have no other treatment option.
The procedure has been performed on more than four thousand patients worldwide.
Officials in Philadelphia want residents to know the so-called Flesh Eating Bacteria poses no public health risks.
The city reported two cases there last week.
A teenager and a 38 year old man were both diagnosed with Necrotizing Fasciitis (FASHY-EYE-TIS) after being admitted to the hospital for Strep Throat.
The aggressive bacteria infects 500 to 15-hundred Americans each year.
It is fatal about 30 percent of the time, but it can be treated if caught early enough.
A plan for the national testing of a vaccine that could prevent H-I-V infection is in the works.
Homosexual men and women in relationships with H-I-V men will be recruited for the study of AIDSvax.
Nearly 40 clinical sites across the country are expected to take part.
In preliminary results, the vaccine produced strong levels of antibodies in 99 percent of the people tested.
Critics worry new strains of the AIDS virus will make the vaccine useless.
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In Sports, there's sad news for Winston Cup Driver Mark Martin.
With that, here's Steve Mason[S5-Martin]
Good afternoon folks, we begin the Monday ticker on a tragic racing note.
Winston Cup star Mark Martin's father Julian and his wife Shelly and daughter Sarah, who were Mark's step-mother and step-sister, were killed in a private plane crash in Ely, Nevada Saturday. According to a Nevada sheriff's office, the plane went down near the Utah border.
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Mark Martin was unaware of this tragedy while he raced in yesterday's Winston Cup race, the Bud at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Martin finished second in the race behind Jeff Gordon and some time after the race's conclusion, he was informed of the plance crash.
the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation and Safety Board.
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The first casualty of the Carolina Panther's pre season, which came in the opener this past weekend against jacksonville, proved to be quite costly. Defensive tackle Sean Gilbert tore a ligament in his right thumb. He had successful surgery yesterday.
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Gilbert will miss at least a week and will sit out this weekend's exhibition game against the Buffalo Bills. The 27 year old will be re-evaluated August 17th. Gilbert signed a seven year, 46.9 million dollar contract with the Panthers in the off season.
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In baseball, Atlanta braves reliever mark Wohlers has accepted a demotion to triple A Richmond in hopes of regaining his control after walking 15 hitters in 4 and a third innings. He also gave up 13 runs in that span.
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The Hokies' freshmen recruits are learning the ropes of the college system.
13 of these players earned All America honors from one or more publications.
Quarterback Michael Vick was ranked fifth in the country by SuperPrep and was rated the number three player in the state.
Vick says being over-shadowed by everybody's number one player Hampton High's Ronald Curry, never bothered him a bit.
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Coming up tonight at six, more from Tech's freshmen and Mike Steven's preseason look at high school football continues with some thoughts from Glenvar's head coach Brian Hooker. Have a great Monday folks.
The modular home business is on a roll.
The newest design is three stories high.
It's four times the size of the standard ranch and about four times the price, too.
The Wellington, as it's called, costs about 280-thousand-dollars.
Mod-U-Kraf says it's targeting the upper end homebuyer.
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((BUTCH JARRETT/MOD-U-KRAF HOMES: TO THE INDIVIDUAL THAT'S IN THE PROFESSIONAL END OF THE INDUSTRY. THIS IS THE YOUNG DOCTOR, THE YOUNG LAWYER, THE TECHNICAL PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHERN MARKETS OF CENTRAL AND NORTH CAROLINA.))
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Mod-u-Kraf says modular homes are lumped together with mobile homes or trailers, and that's hurt the industry.
But they expect four-bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and cathedral ceilings to leave a far more impressive mark.
This model will be open to the public in September.