Next on News 7-
UVA apologizes for the baby switching mistake.
The government crackdown on smoking is dealt a blow-
And kids come out tonight to get ready for school. We'll have a live report.
Plus the Roanoke Rath play its first ever playoff game at Victory stadium.
News 7 at Eleven is next.
U-V-A officials say they're sorry for the baby mix-up.
The baby-switching case is putting officials at the University of Virginia on the defensive and offering apologies for their mistake.
The school's president made an apology today, in an open letter published in state newspapers.
John Casteen said the incident has brought "unspeakable sorrow" to the families involved.
Earlier this week, the chief of staff at the UVA medical center said everyone there shares the families' grief.
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((DR. TOM MASSARO/UNIV. OF VIRGINIA HEALTH SYSTEM: THIS HAS BEEN A PERSONAL AND AN INSTITUTIONAL TRAUMA FOR ALL OF US.[:06] AND I THINK THE PERSONAL SIDE IS THE GREATER OF THE TWO, BECAUSE MOST OF US ARE FAMILY PEOPLE.))
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Casteen promises that the hospital will do everything possible to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.
ONE of the supervisors responsible for the Giles County Department of Social Services financial woes says he doesn't regret his decision.
The department has NOT been able to pay its bills since the board recently failed to approve the department's monthly appropriation.
The decision has meant the agency has NOT been able to meet its payroll or pay the county's foster parents.
Supervisors Larry Blankenship and Bobby Williams voted against releasing the funds.
Blankenship says he has questions about the way the department is spending its money-- and that those questions still haven't been answered.
Board Chairman Jay Williams, on the other hand, voted for releasing the funds.
((JAY WILLIAMS/BOARD CHAIRMAN:HOPEFULLY WE CAN TAKE CARE OF IT AND IF WE CAN'T FOR SOME REASON TAKE CARE OF IT, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE STATE PEOPLE WILL COME IN AND TAKE CARE OF IT, THE BILLS WILL BE PAID.))
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Williams says a special meeting will be held tomorrow in hopes of resolving the situation before the state gets involved.
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Mentally ill patients dying in the state's care.
Over-medicated patients confined to a hospital-- when they may be well enough to go home.
Those were some of the findings of a consultant's report-- the Geller Report-- released last month.
So we sent our camera inside one of the state's largest hospitals-- Western State in Staunton.
In the second part of her special report, Ellen Qualls finds a system begging for the attention politicians are finally paying it.
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(( There's a patient at Western State Hospital who is so violent, he's kept in his own closely guarded suite of rooms.
We could shoot no video in the forensics unit-- where criminal suspects become volatile in the presence of a camera.
These patients are NOT the norm at Western State--
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It's a hospital brimming over with OTHER mentally ill people who experts say could live and work back in their home communities.
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((MARCIA GARRISON/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL NURSE: THAT'S THE PHILOSOPHY OF OUR HOSPITAL. THAT EVERY PATIENT GOES BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY.))
Western State didn't need the Geller Report to know it was needlessly warehousing patients.
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((JOHN BEGHTOL/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR: I SPOKE TO STAFF THIS MORNING ABOUT THAT. SOMEONE SAID "OH ALL THIS PUBLICITY." AND I SUGGEST THEY MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT IT AS "HOW MANY YEARS HAVE WE GONE WHEN WE WISHED FOR ATTENTION."))
Because with attention-- most especially from the Governor -- may come much needed money.
Care of a patient in a state hospital may cost 100- thousand dollars a year.
But sending him or her home may NOT be much cheaper.
((MARY ANN BERGERON/VIRGINIA ASSOC. OF COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARDS: LET ME SAY THAT RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY SYSTEM ARE ABYSMAL. THEY'RE ABYSMAL. WE ARE ONE OF THE LOWEST IN THE COUNTRY, IF NOT THE LOWEST BY NOW.))
((JOHN BEGHTOL/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK THE BOTTOM LINE FOR US AND THE OTHER HOSPITALS IS WHAT WILL BE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARDS? WILL THE MONEY BE THERE FOR NEW HOUSING? PARTICULARLY FOR MOBILE TEAMS THAT CAN RESPONSD TO A MENTALLY ILL CLIENT AT TWO A-M IN THE MORNING ON SUNDAY NIGHT?))
The Governor's commission won't report back until December.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
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A victory for Big Tobacco today-
And a blow to the government's effort to curb teen smoking.
A federal Appeals court in Richmond ruled the Food and Drug Administration has no authority to regulate tobacco-
It struck down FDA rules that make it harder for minors to buy cigarettes.
Sources now say President Clinton will tell a grand jury Monday that he had a PERSONAL relationship with Monica Lewinsky- but did not commit perjury when he denied having a sexual relationship.
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((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BE ASKED. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BE ASKED. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT ANSWERS. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT ANSWERS THE PRESIDENT WILL GIVE.))
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Six Americans were sentenced to five years hard labor in (ME-an-mar ) Myanmar today- But moments later officials reduced their sentence and deported them instead.
The family of a 20 year old New Hampshire woman heard the news today.
((EVERYBODY WAS JUST EXCITED AND SCREAMING AND SHOUTING ADN HUGGING AND KISSING. WE STILL HAVE THE TEARS THEY'VE SWTICHED OVER TO TEARS OF JOY.))
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Family of American Michelle Keegan
was also thrilled with the news.
(Me-an-mar's) Myanmar's military rulers rounded them up Sunday after the activists handed out pro-democracy leaflets.
They could have received up to 20 years in prison-
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He spent nine years in prison for the murder of a 12-year-old Virginia girl.
Now, he's been coaching kids basketball at a YMCA in New Jersey.
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Glenn Barker's new occupation came to light just this week.
Authorities in New Jersey say he was working for the "Y" for about five months until he was fired.
And no one knew that Barker did time for killing a 12-year-old Charlottesville girl in 1983.
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((GLENN BERMAN/MIDDLESEX CO. PROSECUTOR: WE'RE VERY CONCERNED. WE THINK WE SHOULD BE. WE FEEL THERE ARE PARENTS OUT THERE WHO HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW, WHO DIDN'T KNOW, SO WE TOLD THEM.))
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Barker was paroled in 1992.
Henrico County authorities say Barker is still a suspect in the murders two years ago of a mother and her daughter.
You would think that "Megan's Law" would have brought Barker's record to light.
But it didn't. That's because those laws only require sex offenders to register with police, not child killers.
Authorities have arrested a third suspect in connection with the murder of a Bedford man in April.
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35-year old Jeffery O'Neil Kirkland was found murdered in his South Street home April 4th.
Kirkland's nephew, Robert Wright, and his brother, William Henry Kirkland were arrested hours later.
Now another nephew, 22-year old Rawlence Jermaine Wright, is facing murder charges.
No other arrests are expected.
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Still ahead--a town in Halifax County may be changing its status to save money.
And, some residents in Smith Mountain Lake say a local business man is breaking the law by charging them too much for using water.
We'll explain when the news continues.
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((Hey Jean and everybody out there this is Mike Stevens in the sports office. The weekend gets off to a rousing start for the Roanoke Wrath as they open the playoffs.
Ernie Irvan tastes the rainbow and sits on the pole in the Skittles car today.
Plus Vijay is "Singhing" at the PGA championship.
All that plus, NFL preseason highlights tonight in sports.))
State officials say a Smith Mountain Lake man has been overcharging residents for using water.
Now, residents are preparing to take action.
Tina Tenret has more.
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((The Waterworks Company supplies water to the Overlook, Lakemount and Starwood subdivisions.
Owner Robert Winney is allowed to charge residents 67 dollars and 50 cents every three months.
Instead, he's charging up to 270 dollars.
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((DAVID TALBOTT/RESIDENT: ON THE BILL HE SENT TO ME HE SAID DAVE, I'M NOT PLAYING GAMES.))
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Residents say their water is often shut off without warning.
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((BOB CROCKER/RESIDENT: ON TWO OCCASIONS ... TURNED THE WATER OFF.))
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The state has ordered Winney NOT to overcharge customers and NOT to turn their water off.
But last week residents again had no water.
Robert Winney blamed it on a majority shareholder, but the company has no stocks.
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((FRANK ARRINGTON/RESIDENT: THIS HARRASSMENT HAS TO STOP AND IT'S GOT TO STOP NOW.))
The Commission dismissed Winney's latest bid for a rate increase, saying he disregarded their orders and confused customers.
Winney is ILLEGALLY operating without a Commission certificate.
But officials hesitate to take away residents' water source.
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((JOHN STEVENS/STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION: THERE HAS BEEN NO PUNITIVE ACTION TAKEN AGAINST HIM.))
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Residents have tried to buy the company -- last time Winney outbid them by eight thousand dollars.
That was right after he had declared bankruptcy.
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((FRANK ARRINGTON/RESIDENT: IF HE DOESN'T GET HIS ACT TOGETHER ... FROM THESE PEOPLE.))
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WE CALLED WINNEY BUT HE SAID ONLY NO INFORMATION AND HUNG UP. BUT WE DID FIND A LETTER HE WROTE TO COMMISSION OFFICIALS. HE WRITES, WE FEEL SCC STAFF AND THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT'S SOLE PURPOSE IS TO INTIMIDATE AND DEFEAT OUR REQUEST SO THAT WE WILL JUST GO AWAY AND SUFFER THE EMBARASSMENT IN SILENCE. TINA TENRET NEWS7))
To be a town-- or to be part of Halifax County.
That is the question residents of Clover must answer in the upcoming election.
Clover is basically bankrupt and can't support town services and needed repairs.
The proposed solution to these financial woes is to annul the town charter and let Halifax County step in.
For Clover to keep its town status, residents would have to foot a hefty bill.
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((DEBBIE GRILES/CLOVER MAYOR: TOWN PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES WILL MORE THAN TRIPLE. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE 13-CENTS PER 100-DOLLARS. THEY'LL GO UP TO ALMOST 41-CENTS IF NOT OVER DEPENDING ON WHICH SERVICES ARE INVOLVED.))
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While some residents say they don't want change, council members say people can't afford NOT to change.
Clover's council is prepared to answer residents' questions at its monthly town meetings.
The next meeting is set for September 8th.
Still to come--Robin Reed will have an extended look at your weekend weather.
And, we'll catch up with hundreds of local kids getting ready for their return to school by attending an all night prep-course.
That's coming up when the news continues.
It's almost back-to-school time for youngsters in the Roanoke area.
And, the city's Y-M-C-A is offering students activities to get them ready for the classroom.
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David Johnson joins us live from the "Y's" Jefferson Gym with more on "Fun Night".
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(Jean, this program started just two years ago. And it has grown from about 80-participants to nearly 300. All in the n
ame of fun, while getting kids ready for their future.)
(Rollcue: for their future.)
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((Maureen Perdue is one of several parents who drops her kids off once a month at an overnight, all night lock down.
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((MAUREEN PERDUE/PARENT; THEY REALLY ENJOY IT AND IT'S GOOD WITH COACH BOLDEN AND MS. TRENT AND THEM. THEY HELP GET THEM STARTED AND GET THEM READY.))
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The program is supervised by adult volunteers.
And for just seven dollars each month, kids are provided with recreational activities and food.
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((LATESE PERDUE/FUN NIGHT PARTICIPANT; I LIKE TO KEEP MY GRADES UP SO I CAN DO GOOD THINGS AND HAVE FUN AND STUFF. THE FUN NIGHT THAT'S HERE RIGHT NOW, IT'S GOOD FOR ME TO HANG OUT AND JUST HAVE FUN. GO SWIMMING AND SKATING AND STUFF LIKE THAT. JUST TO COME AND STAY OVERNIGHT UNTIL 7 THE NEXT DAY. WITH NO PARENTS, NO NOTHING, JUST HAVE FUN.))
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But there's more to this than just having a good time.
Officials also teach the youngsters how to prepare for life.
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((MILLARD BOLDEN/PROGRAM DIRECTOR; WE'LL BRING IN SOME INTERVENTION PROGRAM'S FOR THE LITTLE KIDS. LET THEM KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY MEET STRANGERS. TONIGHT WE'RE FOCUSING ON BACK TO SCHOOL. WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO GET THEM TO SET SOME GOALS AND SORT OF GET THEIR THINKING TOGETHER. TO GET READY TO GET BACK IN SCHOOL AND DO WELL IN SCHOOL.))
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Motivational speakers from all walks of life are also brought in to talk with participants about real world issues.
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((BOLDEN; DRUG CONTROL, GUN CONTROL, BIKE SAFETY, WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU MEET A STRANGER, PERSONAL HYGIENE. WE TRY TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TO FACE EVERYDAY. MAYBE CALL THEM LIFE SURVIVAL SKILLS. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE'LL BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH A BALANCE IN THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT WE COME IN CONTACT WITH.))
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The program is sponsored by the "Y" and it gets some help from the United Way and some funding from a community development block grant.
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Tonight's fun will spill over into tomorrow morning. No one in this building will sleep all night, which means there will be some tired little and BIG bodies when the children's parents come to pick them up at 7 am.))
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Roanoke makes South Carolina feel the Wrath tonight in the playoffs, Irvan wins the pole at Michigan, and the NFL preseason is in full swing tonight.
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But I think you'll agree by checking out this lowlight from tonight's Falcons-Lions game that the teams aren't quite up to 100 percent.
Some real highlights coming up with the rest of the sports after we check tonight's scoreboard.
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The Roanoke Wrath opened the Atlantic Division playoffs down at Victory Stadium last night, against the they closed out the regular season against last weekend, the South Carolina Shamrocks.
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The Wrath came in knowing a win would send them to Delaware for the second round against the top seeded team in the division.
And folks the Shamrocks were cheating early in the game.
Watch Goalie Danny Britton snag the ball, only to have it poked out of his hand by Jerome Lee Yaw. The hand ball wasn't called and Brian Nickerson kicks it in. One to nothing Carolina.
But late in the first half the Wrath would tie it.
Watch the nice spacing and ball movement as Joe McGovern feeds Patrick McSorley. The left footer makes it 1-all at intermission.
The second half was all Roanoke as McGovern feeds Ian Spooner on the left side, and look at the rocket shot to put Roanoke up 2-to-1.
A few minutes later, McSorley just out hustles the visitors for the long loose ball and takes off on a breakaway.
The Wrath comes from behind last night to win its playoff opener ___ to __ over South Carolina.
In the big leagues, McGwire, Sosa and Griffey all failed to homer last night but the same can't be said for the
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Orioles' Chris Hoiles.
Last night he made some major league history by hitting not one, but two grand slams in the O's 15-to-3 win over the Indians.
He is the ninth big leaguer ever to accomplish that feat and the first Oriole since Frank Robinson to get two slams.
Six games are on the NFL preseason schedule last night including one in Pontiac, Michigan where the Lions lost to the Falcons 7-to-3.
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The only TD in this game came in the second quarter as Terrence Matthis hauled in this 29 yard scoring strike on the right sideline from Chris Chandler.
The Falcons let former Hokie Ken Oxendine preserve the win in the final quarter by grinding out the clock on the ground he had 84 yards of total offense including 64 on the ground.
Atlanta wins it 7-to-3.
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And the battle of Pennsylvania was won by the Eagles last night 21-to-17
Charles Oldham picks off this Bobby Hoying pass and returns it almost untouched for the touchdown but the Steelers lose this one by 4.
The Washington Redskins will be without a number of starters when they take on the Tennessee Oilers tomorrow.
Darrell Green, Michael Westbrook and Tre Johnson will be out
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and today last year's first round draft pick Kenard Lang confirmed that he too is out.
Lang is bothered by a sore knee, technically known as patella tendinitis.
Kelvin Kinney will replace him and join Stubblefield, Wilkinson and Rich Owens as starters.
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And speaking of pro football, the NFL is back on CBS, the way it should be!
Tonight we kick off our season's worth of pro action here on WDBJ-7 with the Seattle Seahawks taking on the San Francisco 49ers. Tune in to get a good look at Jim Druckenmiller as the preseason action rolls on.
There is a new leader at the halfway point of the PGA championship in Washington State.
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Vijay Singh, who shot an even par round of 70 Friday came through last night with a four under 66.
He is now all alone on top of the leader board.
Colin Montgomery, Scott Gump and Steve Stricker are one shot back tied for second at three under par.
Tiger was two over for the day and still 2 under for the tournament.
You can catch the final two rounds on WDBJ this weekend.
Roanoke's Billy King is in contention after the opening of the Senior Tour's First of America Classic in Ada, Michigan.
King shot a one under par 71 yesterday and he is tied for 12th.
Dave Stockton leads with a five under par opening round.
Still to come on this Friday night, qualifying results from Michigan.
The top 25 for Sunday's Pepsi 400 was determined this afternoon. Guess who DIDN'T make it?