On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
Another woman with a tale of mis-identification in the maternity ward at U-V-a Medical Center.
And the cadets are back at V-M-I. We'll see how some of the women in LAST year's RAT class feel about discipline and a stricter set of standards.
Tonight in sports, I'll show you how we warned about Jeff Gordon way back in 1995!
The preseason Friday Football Extra previews continue with a look at Franklin County.
And Steve Mason has the latest on a new 5 year lease agreement between the Roanoke Civic Center and the Roanoke Express.
Some isolated showers tonight but we are heading into a dry and warm spell again. Details just ahead.
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The case of two babies switched at birth at the University of Virginia Medical Center has taken yet another turn.
Now another mother says she's worried her son might belong to someone else.
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Steve Smallshaw is in Charlottesville.
Steve, why is this woman so concerned?
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[IN Q=as tragic as her story is]
[OUT Q=their banding policies]
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(Q:Has Tina Rutherford talked with Paula Johnson about her experience?)
President Clinton began his taped testimony for the Monica Lewsinsky case this afternoon.
He's answering questions before the grand jury through a television link from the White House Map Room.
In downtown Roanoke, people expressed different views about the Clinton testimony.
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[IN Q=I just feel it's so bad]
((I JUST FEEL IT'S SO BAD THAT ALL THIS IS OVERSHADOWING WHAT HE'S BEEN DOING IF IT'S RIGHT OR WRONG YOU KNOW FOR THE COUNTRY. AND ALL WE'VE BEEN HEARING IS ABOUT HIS SEX LIFE))
[OUT Q=worth of investigation]
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[IN Q=I hope they nail him]
((I HOPE THEY NAIL HIM. HE LIED TO THE PUBLIC AND YOU KNOW FOREVER HE SAID THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN, THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN AND I KNOW HE SAID HE WAS TRYING TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY BUT IN DOING SO HE'S, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, I DON'T TRUST HIM))
[OUT Q=I don't trust him]
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[IN Q=I think I'll stand]
((I THINK I'LL STAND BEHIND HIM. I JUST DON'T THINK THE ISSUE ITSELF IS WORTH ALL THE, YOU KNOW, WORTH 50-MILLION DOLLARS AND 8 OR 10 YEARS WORTH OF INVESTIGATION))
[OUT Q=worth of investigation]
Advisors say Clinton could make a public address on the Lewinsky proceedings later tonight.
It'll be a full house this Fall at Virginia Military Institute... a record number of cadets: nearly 1400 in barracks.
This morning- -for the second time since the Supreme Court forced it on V-M-I- -WOMEN took their places on post again.
[IN Q=Heidi Mason came]
[SUPER=01-Angela Pickett/Sophomore Cadet;:25 ]
[SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; :48 ]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Williams/Sophomore Cadet; 1:06 ]
[SUPER=01-Kelly Sullivan/Sophomore Cadet; 1:27 ]
[OUT Q=Yes, Sir. Only fair. (wait for the smile)]
((Heidi Mason came from Los Angeles to become the first woman of this class to sign the matriculation book.
There are 33 women in the class of 2002.
The top four cadets in each company are given the honor of training the fledgling cadets who follow them.
NONE of the woman who emerged from last year's rat mass were named to the cadre... the term given disciplinary leaders.
[IN Q=You know I was happy]
((YOU KNOW I WAS HAPPY TO GET RANK AND I DIDN'T SEE THAT THEY DIDN'T PUT ME ON CADRE BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL, I SAW IT AS THERE WERE FOUR GUYS IN MY COMPANY THAT DESERVED IT MORE..))
[OUT Q=deserved it more.]
As freshly-minted high school graduates enter barracks- -some seem a little shell-shocked.
If they're confused by last year's accounts of unauthorized physical abuse and sexual contact... the Institute has tried to clear that up.
[IN Q=We have been]
((WE HAVE BEEN MORE FORTHRIGHT AND MORE SIMPLE IN SAYING WHAT THE PUNISHMENTS WILL BE FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES.))
[OUT Q=certain offenses.]
[IN Q=If you're caught]
((IF YOU'RE CAUGHT HAVING SEX, YOU'RE OUT. THAT'S IT.))
[OUT Q=that's it.]
Melissa Williams managed to stay out of the media spotlight last year.
This is only the second interview she's given.
She accepts the strict standards.
[IN Q=The fact is we're]
((THE FACT IS WE'RE COLLEGE-AGE KIDS. AND YOU CAN'T PUT A REGULATION ON A FEELING OR A HORMONE. BUT THERE'S SELF-DISCIPLINE AND SELF-CONTROL.))
[OUT Q=self control.]
Lugging your luggage- -meeting your new classmates- -it's a lot like any other college the first two days.
Then the fun begins, as the tables are turned, and last year's rats are this year's disciplinarians.
[IN Q=I can say]
((I CAN SAY THAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT, YES, SIR.
JUST IN THE THAT I RECEIVED SOME LAST YEAR, AND I THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO BE NICE TO DISH SOME OF IT OUT.
It's only fair.
YES, SIR, ONLY FAIR. (smile)))
[OUT Q=Yes, sir, only fair.]))
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What to do with a budget surplus...
Some possibilities from the Governor and the General Assembly coming up,
a new device could mean less coughing from non-smokers.
We'll explain when the news continues.
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The news is so staggeringly good, the Governor made an unusual summer speech to lawmakers to share it.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the latest numbers on the state's booming economy.
Unemployment is at its lowest rate in over 30 years.
Wages and salaries have grown seven percent over last year.
The upshot is state revenue growth of 10-point-four percent this year...on a budget based on only six percent.
It's heady news for budget writers.
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[OUT Q=teachers to go.]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE COMMONWEALTH.. RECORD SETTING JOB GROWTH.))
Lawmakers had few faults to find.
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: I WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY TO HEAR HIM SAY LET'S GO AHEAD AND DEVOTE ALL THE LOTTERY PROCEEDS TO SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, AND GET ALL THE DANCING OVER. AND WE'LL SAVE A LOT OF TIME. BUT I GUESS PROBABLY WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE PACES. AND EVENTUALLY WE'LL GET TO EXACTLY THAT.))
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: WE NEED TO TAKE THESE MONIES NOW, AND MAKE INVESTMENTS IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. BE IT SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, WHATEVER, TO IMPROVE THOSE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO TODAY WITH THIS WINDFALL OF MONEY.))
Gilmore would like to see new money go toward his four thousand new teachers promise.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: A DOWN PAYMENT OF 600 TEACHERS HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE ON MY PROMISE. WE HAVE 34-HUNDRED TEACHERS TO GO.))
After some drop-offs in lottery profits, and feeding a rainy day fund approaching a half billion dollars, there's only a 150 million dollar surplus to fight over in January.
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But how to spend extra money is considered a good fight to have in Capitol Square.
A midnight strike deadline came and went...but union workers are still on the job at Long Airdox.
Members of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union say it is possible they could still walk off their jobs.
But for now, they're working regular hours...
And working out the details of a new contract.
Union members want more money.
They also want a promise that the company won't hire workers who don't belong to the union.
Long Airdox makes mining equipment.
The company is not commenting on contract negotiations.
The stock market advanced today.
The Dow closed up 150 points at 85-hundred-75.
NASDAQ gained 28 points.
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Students at one of Roanoke's public schools will be wearing uniforms when classes resume at the end of the month.
School officials are taking several steps to improve student performance and reduce the dropout rate at the Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy.
The new school year will bring administrative changes, more parental involvement, and uniforms.
[IN Q=Designed to make an impression]
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: DESIGNED TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION UPON STUDENTS THAT THERE ARE SOME BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES ON THEIR PART. AND THAT THERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES THAT WE ARE GOING TO HOLD THEM TO. AND THAT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO GET AN EDUCATION.))
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[OUT Q=get an education.]
The basic uniform will include a white polo shirt and khaki pants. Female students will have the option of wearing khaki skirts. As an alternative to the polo shirt, students may wear white dress shirts and ties.
For smokers banished to their office loading docks...some good news.
Virginia is the test market for a new "almost smokeless" cigarette.
Twenty retail outlets unveiled Accord today.
It's Philip Morris's stab at a hand-held machine that only burns the cigarette when you take a puff.
The only smoke produced is from the smoke exhaling.
The kit retails at almost 40 dollars.
It was developed and tested at the Philip Morris plant south of Richmond.
North Carolina-based R-J Reynolds is test marketing a similar device.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports.
The Civic Center "Expresses" itslef with a new five year deal for Roanoke's hockey team.
We'll take a little different look at Jeff Gordon's dominance
and continue our Friday Football Extra preseason previews with a look at the youthful Franklin County Eagles.
The Express and the Roanoke Civic Center called an 11am news conference today to announce a new lease. Steve Mason has more on how two sides cooled off a rather heated topic.
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((The new lease is filled with incentives. If and when the Express exceeds last's years total attendance of 150 thousand, the civic center will begin sharing a percentage of the concession sales with the hockey franchise.
Both parties will be working together to sell advertsing. the theory, instead of competing for the dollar, share it.
The Express has signed 1997 captain Duane harmer to a tryout agreement, which says he can only play for the Express if he comes back to the ECHL. The Express is also trying to negotiate a contract with former goal scorer Chris Cantu.
13 hundred season tickets have been sold, up from 738 at this time last year, Steve mason news 7 sports.))
Plenty of contract news in the NFL, as well tonight.
Curtus Enis, the former Penn State running back has been holding out in a contract dispute since the Bears drafted him has finally agreed to a three year-$5 point 6 million dollar deal.
And Mike Alstott, the Bucs pro bowl fullback signed an extension good through the year 2002.
The new deal will give his $4 million a season.
He was making $700 thousand.
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The Franklin County High School football team has a whole new look--literally.
The Eagles lost 21 of 22 starters to graduation.
About 70 players showed up for the J-V and Varsity teams.
And with those players the coaching staff is revamping the offense.
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[SUPER=01-Jerry Little/Franklin Co. Head Coach;]
[OUT Q=things that I'd done in the past]
Coach Little says his team is young and doesn't have much game experience.
And he says as a coach you have to approach a green team
differently than an experienced one.
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[OUT Q=to eliminate them]
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And don't forget about our preseason Friday Football Extra show this Friday.
This is our 15th anniversary season and we're kicking it off with an hour long special in primetime.
The party gets started this Friday night at nine o'clock right here on Your Homwtown station.
Jeff Gordon's Winston Cup dominance continued yesterday at Michigan as he won his 4th straight race and 8th overall this season.
He now has 37 career wins and career earnings of more than $19 and a half million.
He has won 28 events since the start of 1996, and he has 104 top ten finishes.
It's mind boggling, but something we were warned about by Darrell Waltrip back in 1995.
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In addition to the excitement of a double-header, "Mayberry Night" hits Salem Memorial Stadium, and our own Patrick Evans is on hand.
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Patrick, all kinds of festivities are taking place, can you detail some of them for us?
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An update on the Long Airdox story.
Workers late this afternoon approved a new contract. The vote was 69 to 42.
So, no strike at the Long Airdox company in Pulaski County.
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