D-N-A confirmation of the families' worst fears.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
the story of babies switched at birth is confirmed.
And Japanese tobacco farmers see how flue-cured tobacco is grown on this side of the water.
Tonight on the Big 7, we'll check in with the Hokies are their season opened with East Carolina draws closer.
We'll also hear from Anthony Poindexter, who is on a mission this season.
and if you're nice I'll show you how you can rread Tiki and Ronde's mail.
Trust me it's legal!
Earl spins up in the gulf, our almanac numbers for September are on-line and we continue with a pleasant forecast.
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The last piece of the DNA puzzle in the baby-switching case fell into place today.
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with details.
Keith we already knew Rebecca Chittum's biological mother was Paula Johnson.
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Today the Chittum's attorney released a statement saying Paula's daughter Callie is Kevin Chittum and Whitney Roger's child.
It wasn't a big surprise.
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((Tommy Rogers didn't need a DNA test to tell him the child Paula Johnson took home from the hospital, Callie, was his biological grandaughter.
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((TOMMY ROGERS/GRANDFATHER; OH YEA, I'VE KNOWED THAT FOR QUITE A WHILE, AND I'VE HAD MY MIND SET THAT THAT'S THE WAY IT WAS. (07)
WAS THERE ANY DOUBT IN YOUR MIND WHEN YOU SAW THE LITTLE GIRLS TOGETHER, WHO WAS WHO? NO NOT REALLY, I COULD SEE THE RESEMBLENCE THERE.))
[OUT Q=resemblence there]
For Rogers the real question now is how his daughter Whitney and Kevin Chittum walked out of the UVA medical center with the wrong child, a child their families still plan to raise as their own.
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((TOMMY ROGERS/GRANDFATHER; I NEED TO KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED, I NEED SOME ANSWERS FROM THE HOSPITAL AS OF NOW, YOU KNOW, OF HOW THIS BECAME))
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But the Rogers' say even if those questions are answered, it won't even begin to erase the pain they've suffered over the past few months.
[IN Q=every one of is]
((TRAVIS ROGERS/UNCLE; EVERY ONE OF US, WHEN WE GO TO BED AT NIGHT, WE HAVE TO RELIVE THE ACCIDENT, WE HAVE TO RELIVE THE ACCIDENT, WE HAVE RELIVE THE BABY SWITCH, WE HAVE TO RELIVE EVERYTHING OVER AND OVER AND OVER. AND THERE'S GOTTA BE A POINT WHERE IT STOPS, IT'S GOT TO.))
[OUT Q=it's got to]))
Rogers says the media pressure on the family is easing up, but the only thing that can really heal them, is time... Keith.
A Lynchburg man could spend up to thirty years in prison for attacking a woman outside Lynchburg General Hospital in April.
57-year-old John Major Haygood pled guilty today to abduction and malicious wounding.
Police say Haygood held a knife to Melanie Curnute's (ker-NOOTS) throat and tried to force his way into her car the night of April 28th.
Curnute escaped and a bystander helped chase Haygood down until police arrived.
Haygood will be sentenced in October.
Curnute is considering legal action against the hospital for failing to prevent the attack.
The roller coaster we sometimes call our stock market took us for another ride today.
It went up-- way up, climbing nearly 290-points and closing above the 78-hundred mark.
Some investors are finding this hard to stomach, others are not flinching at all.
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Scott Golberg has talking to investors today.
He is in downtown Roanoke tonight.
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Still ahead, Japanese visitors are touring Virginia's tobacco country. We'll tell you why.
And later, on the day "Titanic's" is released on home video, we'll visit a local clothing store that supplied some of the movie's costumes.
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U-S flue-cured tobacco is considered the best in the world.
And it's an economic mainstay for Southside Virginia growers.
That's why a group of Japanese tobacco farmers paid a visit today to a Pittsylvania County farm.
Christy Hubley has more.
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Leaf-by-leaf, these Japanese growers inspected the maturing tobacco plants.
They walked through rows and rows of bright-leaf stalks on this Pittsylvania County farm.
The foreign farmers came here to specifically to study flue-cured tobacco.
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((TAKEO WATANABE/INTERPRETER: U-S FLUE-CURED IS ONE OF THE BEST FLUE-CURED IN THE WORLD SO THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW U-S FARMERS ARE DOING.))
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They heard about Southside soil conditions.
And learned how growers irrigate their fields.
Rain is something U-S tobacco growers could use more of.
The Japanese say they have water to spare.
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((TAKEO WATANABE/INTERPRETER: JAPANESE WEATHER IS VERY HUMID AND TOO MUCH RAIN.))
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This trans-world trip is-- in part-- sponsored by Standard Commerical, a North Carolina tobacco company.
U-S tobacco companies and growers say cooperation with foreign markets is necessary for the production of quality products.
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((DAN ROBERTSON SR./TOBACCO GROWER: OUR TOBACCO WILL BLEND WITH THEIRS AND THEIRS WILL BLEND WITH OURS AND WE CAN MAKE A CIGARETTE A LITTLE CHEAPER BY USING PART OF THEIR TOBACCO AND PART OF OURS AND STILL GET GOOD AROMA AND TASTE OUT OF IT.))
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From Virginia, the Japanese growers will visit tobacco farms in Kentucky.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
A multi-million dollar expansion at Lewis-Gale Medical Center will make emergency care faster for patients there.
The Salem hospital is building a new four-point-eight million dollar emergency room.
The E-R will offer specialized services to heart patients including a chest pain monitoring center.
27 patient treatment rooms will be included in the building.
The new E-R is expected to be completed in December 1999.
The bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in the Sudan has not deterred a Roanoke County Episcopal church from continuing its relief efforts there.
Missions director David Fuller left on a two week trip for the southern Sudan today. He will deliver a 32 ton shipment of food to Sudanese refugees.
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Fuller made contacts in the Sudan on a trip to Africa's largest country in March. This food shipment will consist of
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As we mentioned a few minutes ago, a major rebound on Wall Street today.
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The Dow closed up almost 290 points, climbing above 78-hundred.
The Nasdaq composite index posted its largerst single-day point gain ever, up more than 76 ticks.
If you were among the thousands of people standing in line today to buy your copy of the movie "Titanic", you might be surprised to learn that the Hollywood blockbuster has a central Virginia connection.
Steve Smallshaw explains.
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(( They're three thousand miles from the closest Hollywood sound stage, but the owners of "Suzi's Antiques" played a major role in the success of the movie "Titanic".
((THIS IS A TRAVELING DRESS AND THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO SOME THAT WERE WORN BY THE PRINCIPALS.))
Leonardo DiCaprio's coat.. Kate Winslet's dresses.. all of them came from right here.. along with period costumes for 1700 movie extras.
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((SUSAN VARNER/SUZI'S ANTIQUES: I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE, YOU KNOW, 10, 15 OUTFITS. I NEVER DREAMED THAT THEY HAD SO MUCH AVAILABLE FOR US TO FILL, SO IT WAS EXCITING.))
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((Even with her Hollywood connections, Susan Varner had to stand in line at Walmart to get her copy of "Titanic". She won't say how many times she's seen the movie, but each time has been something special.))
[OUT Q=something special.]
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((VARNER: WHEN I SAW KATE AND HER MOTHER GET OUT OF THE CAR WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL THINGS ON, I JUST.. IT WAS, IT WAS WONDERFUL. I ALMOST CRIED WATCHING IT. EVERY TIME I SAW SOMETHING THAT I THOUGHT WAS OURS I WAS LIKE.. IT WAS GREAT.))
[OUT Q=it was great.]
"Titanic"'s success has made Suzi's Antiques a household name.. especially in their hometown.
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((SUZANNE MCCOY ARENA/SUZI'S ANTIQUES: WE'RE GLAD WE'VE HAD THIS NOTORIETY BECAUSE BEING IN A SMALL TOWN, PEOPLE WONDER `WHAT IN THE WORLD DO THEY DO THERE? WHAT DO THEY WANT WITH ALL THOSE CLOTHES IN THAT STORE?' NOW THEY KNOW.))
[OUT Q=now they know.]
And so do millions of movie fans.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Farmville.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Barbers tell their secrets on the web, we'll hear from all-american Anthony Poindexter,
plus check in with the Hokies as they continue getting the pieces of the 98 puzzle in place before the Pirates arrivein town on Saturday.
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Virginia Tech hopes to steal a season opening win from the East Carolin Pirates this Saturday.
Lane Stadium is the site of the battle, but as Denise Allen tell us the Pirates are some what of an unknown.
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((Tech leads the series with East Carolina with six wins in 10 meetings and the Pirates are coming off a less than stellar five and six '97 season.
But four of those victories came in the last five games and an experienced Pirate defense awaits Tech's young offensive line.
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DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: OFFENSIVELY TECH KNOWS THEY'LL BE FACING EAST CAROLINA DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS SUCH AS RODERICK COLEMAN AND JEFF KERR.
BUT THE EAST CAROLINA OFFENSE REMAINS A MYSTERY.
tHE PIRATES HAVE CLOSED THEIR PRACTICES TO THE MEDIA, SO COACH BEAMER AND HIS STAFF HAVE TURNED TO THE INTERNET FOR ANSWERS, BUT WITH NO LUCK.
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When the Hokies run out on to Worsham field Saturday, freshmen and former William Fleming star running back Lee Suggs and Norfolk Q-B Michael Vick will probably have been redshirted.
That decision will be made Thurday.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
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One of the teams that will be visiting Blacksburg later this season, West Virginia, is getting set to host number one ranked Ohio State in primetime this Saturday.
And you can catch it all LIVE right here on Your Hometown Station.
The last time, WVU played a number one team was in 1986 when they lost to Miami.
The Virginia Cavaliers will try and avenge last year's 28-17 loss to Auburn Thursday night.
Anthony Poindexter leads a UVa defense that will put eight returning starters on the field against the Tigers.
The former Jefferson Forest standout was second in tackles among ACC defensive backs despite missing nearly three games last season due to injury, one of many reasons the first team All-American has put his NFL career on hold.
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Dex's former teammates, the Barber Twins, are opening their diary up to the world this season.
The NFL's official site on the world wide web is featuring a special section called the Barber Brother's diary.
Throughout the season Tiki and Ronde are sharing their actual letters to each other at NFL dot COM.
You can check these out by logging onto WDBJ-7 dot com, and clicking on our webwatch section.
The letters are authentic and this one is signed Love Your Brother, Tiki.
Workers in Charlotesville began repairing the structural damage at University Hall this morning.
And the good news, depending on how you look it, is
that the building can be safely repaired.
The building was closed on August 12th after 32 cables in the metal tension ring that anchors the roof to the walls were found to be broken.
UVa officials hope the building can be repaired and reopened by the start of the hoop season.
In one other hoop note, the WNBA's second season comes to a close tonight as the Houston Comets look to repeat as champs when they host the Phoenix Mercury.
The best two out of three final is tied at a game a piece.
August was a strange month. It started out with record cool numbers for Blacksburg and Lynchburg but overall ended up hot and muggy. Rainfall numbers were way above normal yet farmers will tell you things are dry and we need some rain. For more on the month ahead, here's our September almanac.
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What's called: "family life" education never fails to stir up controversey.
In Lynchburg tonight the school board will consider some graphic material they plan to use.
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Jean Jadhon is in the Newsroom with more on that.
Keith some school board members and parents say the material is too graphic.
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The Family Life Committee reccomends two videos.
One deals with abusive relationships and shows a young woman being hit repeatedly in the head.
Educators say the videos get the point across to kids.
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And tonight the school board will have its say.
We'll have that story along with the rest of the day's news, sports and weather tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
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