A family attorney says adoption is in the future for 3-year-old Rebecca Chittum.
That's the word from the Buena Vista family that has raised the little girl since her parents died this summer in a car accident.
D-N-A results confirm that Chittum is the biological daughter of Paula Johnson.
Rebecca was apparently switched with three-year old Callie Johnson shortly after their births at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
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Now the two sides are working on an "adoption exchange" agreement.. that would allow the two girls to stay with the families that have raised them.
[IN Q=Consents would be]
((W.T. ROBEY/ROGERS' FAMILY ATTORNEY: CONSENTS WOULD BE SIGNED FROM EACH SIDE, TO PERMIT ADOPTION SO THAT WE COULD PUT SOME OF THIS IN STONE, AS OPPOSED TO KEEPING IT IN LIMBO.. SETTLE IT DOWN, MAKE EVERYTHING DEFINITE.))
[SUPER=01-W. T. Robey/Rogers' Family Attorney; :00]
[OUT Q=make everything definite.]
D-N-A tests have yet to confirm that Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum were the biological parents of Callie Johnson.
Those results should be in later this week.
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Emotions ran high last night at a Franklin County Supervisors meeting, but Smith Mountain Lake residents lost their battle to prevent a new development at the lake.
Tina Tenret reports.
[IN Q=Developers call it]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :06]
[SUPER=01-Ed Waters/Developer; :22]
[SUPER=01-Richard Chamberlain/Lake Resident; :40]
[SUPER=01-Marcia Owens/Lake Resident; :46]
[SUPER=01-Don Riddle/Franklin Co. Supervisor; 1:20]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]
(( Developers call it a mediterranean-style resort.
96 luxury condominium units with a restaurant and community center.
Ed Waters, who already owns Bridgewater Plaza, plans to build the complex on five acres next door.
He says tax revenue will top 600-thousand-dollars a year.
[IN Q=The meals and lodging taxes]
((ED WATERS/DEVELOPER: THE MEALS AND LODGING... PER YEAR.))
[OUT Q=PER YEAR]
150 people crowded into a public hearing before the Franklin County supervisors.
NO ONE spoke in favor of the complex.
[IN Q=I will be]
((RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN/LAKE RESIDENT: I WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED IF SOME HIGH-RISE CONDO APPEARS ON MY HORIZON.))
[OUT Q=ON MY HORIZON]
[IN Q=We want]
((MARCIA OWENS/LAKE RESIDENT: WE WANT ... TRAFFIC CONGESTION.))
[OUT Q=TRAFFIC CONGESTION]
Still the county supervisors voted unanimously FOR the complex, without giving their reasons.
[IN Q=Are you refusing]
((ARE YOU REFUSING TO TELL US WHY YOU HAVE DONE THIS? WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TELL US? YOU CAN BE SURE YOU'LL BE TELLING US AT THE NEXT ELECTION. YOU'RE OUT OF ORDER. OUT OF ORDER? BOO!))
But we later pulled one aside for his explanation.
[IN Q=They'll have a place]
((DON RIDDLE/COUNTY SUPERVISOR: THERE WILL BE NO MORE TRAFFIC THAN ON ROUTE 220 OR ROUTE 40 AROUND ROCKY MOUNT.))
[OUT Q=ROCKY MOUNT]
[IN Q=Developers estimate]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: DEVELOPERS ESTIMATE THE CONDOS WILL BE BUILT BY THE YEAR 2000. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]))
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Roanoke is calling it a major step toward revitalizing its downtown.
Carilion Health System is moving more than 400 jobs into the First Union building on Jefferson Street.
Scott Goldberg was at the city's announcement this morning, and he joins us now from the city market.
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(Rollcue: very happy.)
[IN Q=Bringing 400]
[SUPER=01-Tom Robertson/Carilion Health System Pres.]
[super=01-Melissa Davis/Convenience Store Manager;]
[OUT Q=new customers.]
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[TAPE#net-R; From tape 98-58]
The Home Depot chain is looking for a new site in Roanoke County for one of its hardware stores.
That after the county's supervisors voted against a zoning change at Home Depot's first site selection -- at the corner of 4-19 and Brambleton Avenue.
County officials were apparently trying to create a broader tax base without raising taxes.
[IN Q=But I think]
((FUZZY MINNIX/ROANOKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR; BUT I THINK WE MISJUDGED THE REVENUES. I REALLY DON'T SENSE THAT SOMEONE THAT NEEDS A HAMMER THAT LIVES IN SOUTHWEST COUNTY IS GOING OVER TO HOME DEPOT AND BUYING ONE AND THEN GO OVER TO LOWES AND BUY ANOTHER ONE. ))
[SUPER=01-Fuzzy Minnix/Roanoke Co. Supervisor;]
[OUT Q=and buy another.]
Some Roanoke County residents were against construction of the store, fearing an increase in traffic.
Others wanted to see the property go to a company that would bring in high tech jobs.
Another law enforcement officer has been arrested in Pittsylvania County for sex crimes.
This time, 25-year old Andre Lamont Barksdale of Chatham is charged with having sexual intercourse with a minor.
He was employed as a jailer with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office.
The unnamed girl was an inmate when the alleged sex acts occurred.
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This arrest follows an arrest yesterday of a probation and parole officer who also faces sex charges in Pittsylvania County.
51-year old Patrick Wayne Gould is charged with object sexual penetration, sexual battery, and forcible sodomy.
The alleged victim agreed to speak to News 7 yesterday.
Brenda Prevette says the sexual abuse started after Gould became her probation officer.
That was in 1996, when she was released from jail on a forgery conviction.
Prevette says Gould continued to force himself on her until as recently as this July.
She says she made a mistake not coming forward about the abuse right away.
[IN Q=If any man ever]
((BRENDA PREVETTE/ALLEGED VICTIM: IF ANY MAN EVER TOUCHES YOU THE WAY YOU DON'T WANT HIME TO TOUCH YOU, IF YOU'RE SCARED TO GO TELL, YOU TELL. DON'T DO LIKE I DID AND BE SCARED NOT TO, GO TELL.))
[SUPER=01-Brenda Prevette/Alleged Victim;]
[OUT Q=scared not to, go tell.]
Prevette says she has proof of at least one of the sexual encounters on videotape.
Bond for Gould was set at five-thousand dollars.
Missouri Sentator John Ashcroft is holding a news conference at this hour calling for the resignation of President Clinton.
Ashcroft is a Republican and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Meantime, two days after his national confession to an inappropraite relationship with Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton celebrates his 52nd birthday today with his family on Martha's Vineyard.
Back in Washington, the Ken Starr probe continues.
Lewinsky is scheduled to testify again tomorrow before the grand jury.
A former Clinton advisor spent several hours testifying yesterday.
[IN Q=I did stress]
DICK MORRIS, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR: I DID STRESS TO THEM THAT AT SEVERAL DIFFERENT OCCASIONS, FIVE OR SIX IN OUR CONVERSATION, THE PRESIDENT REPEATED TO ME THAT THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM WERE NOT TRUE, THAT HE DID
NOT DO WHAT THEY SAID HE DID.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Morris/Former Presidential Advisor;]
[OUT Q= not do what they said he did.]
Legal sources say when Lewinsky testifies again she'll reportedly respond to elements of the President's testimony.
U-S officials are asking Afghanistan to turn over a prime suspect in the embassy bombings in east Africa.
Meantime the F-B-I's search for clues today took them to a hotel room in Nairobi.
A Kenyan newspaper reports it may have been where one the bombs was assembled.
Vicki Mabrey reports.
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[SUPER=01-Vicki Mabrey/Reporting; 1:05]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Nairobi][IRA-FUNERALS]
The I-R-A Splinter group, responsible for the deadliest bombing ever in North Ireland, today promised to suspend its campaign of violence.
The move came in advance of an emergency Irish cabinet meeting called to discuss tougher security measures.
Sixteen more funerals were held today.
Some eight thousand mourners turned out at services for three boys.
They were visiting a historical park in Omagh (OH-mah) when a car bomb exploded killing 28.
Virginia's ban on late-term abortions is still on trial in federal court today.
An anti-abortion protest, complete with a Jesus mannequin, kicked off arguments over the state's newest abortion law yesterday.
[IN Q=I studied]
((RITA WARREN/ABORTION OPPONENT: I STUDIED THE PROCEDURE AND IT'S THE MOST BARBARIC AND INHUMANE PROCEDURE THAT THEY CAN DO ON HUMAN LIVES. I MEAN WE TALK ABOUT ADOLF HITLER AND THEN WE CAN STAND SILENT ABOUT THIS? I LIVED UNDER ADOLF HITLER SO I KNOW THE BRUTALITY THAT THEY DID. AND I TELL YOU SOMETHING, I DON'T EVEN THINK THAT EVEN ADOLPH HITLER AS BAD AS HE WAS WOULD NOW DO PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION.))
[SUPER=01-Rita Warren/Abortion Opponent;]
[OUT Q=birth abortion.]
Abortion rights lawyers say the law Virginia passed this year is more vague than past bills.
[IN Q=But the law]
((KAREN RASCHKE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VIRGINIA: BUT THE LAW ITSELF, THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAW, WAS SO VERY, VERY DIFFERENT. AND JUDGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EVERY ONE THAT'S MADE A DECISION, EXCEPT IN VIRGINIA, BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN A FINAL DECISION, HAS FOUND THAT TO BE TRUE, THAT THE LAW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE IT'S SO VAGUE IT PROHIBITS ALL ABORTIONS. AND YOU CAN'T DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Karen Raschke/Planned Parenthood of Virginia;]
[OUT Q=do that.]
Arguments will continue throughout the day.
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In less than one hour, dozens of women and hundreds of men begin the grueling rat-line at the Virginia Military institute.
The school's second co-ed class will undergo the tradition in which VMI's upperclassmen instill physical and mental discipline into their freshman counterparts for six months.
29 arrests have been made following an undercover investigation in Pittsylvania County.
The crackdown zero-ed in on stores that were allegedly selling alcohol to underage customers.
The Sheriff's Department, along with the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board, initiated the investigation in response to the deaths of 29 teenagers in alcohol-related crashes on Virginia's roadways last year.
World War Two researchers have authenticated some missing pages of Anne Frank's famed diary.
A former employee of the Anne Frank Foundation had the pages, which he says were given to him by Anne's father shortly before his death.
In the five pages Anne Frank criticizes her parents' marriage.
The foundation and another group want the missing pages for a new edition of ``The Diary of Anne Frank.''
The last bear cub finally made it to camp yesterday.
Chicago's top draft pick- Curtis Enis- flew in from Texas and joined his teammates. He apologized for hanging up on the Bears front office personnel during negotiations.
[IN Q="I always]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Enis/Bears Running Back; :00]
[OUT Q=...that here"]
Fender benders are tough to avoid over a lifetime of driving.
With that in mind-- it's NOT hard to imagine the pride felt by 55- Roadway Express tractor trailer drivers.
The veteran drivers have traveled more than THREE million miles without so much as a scratch.
[IN Q=It's just]
((DAVID MCDONALD/ROADWAY EXPRESS DRIVER:IT'S JUST FANTASTIC, ROADWAY IS SO GOOD FOR THE DRIVER THAT'S GOT THREE MILLION SAFE MILES, EVEN TWO AND ONE MILLION, AND THIS IS JUST THE ICING ON THE CAKE HERE. ))
[SUPER=01-David McDonald/Roadway Express Driver; :00]
[OUT Q=cake here.]
To honor the drivers-- a ceremony was held yesterday at the Dublin Volvo plant.
There the drivers were handed the keys to a new truck built by employees at the Dublin plant-- for use on the job.