On NEWS 7 at SIX:
It's a hometown look at everybody's favorite slugger in Saint Louis.
And the annual almost-Autumn event known as the Buena Vista Labor Day parade kicks off the political season.
Coming up in sports, a former William Fleming football star is working hard to make the UVA squad successful.
And the Cardinals beat the Cubs, but who cares Mark McGwire catches history with this first inning home run.
Over the next 24 hours, expect big time weather changes. We'll jump straight from Summer to Fall coming up in weath
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It's one for the record books in St. Louis. Mark McGwire slammed his 61st home run of the season today, tying Roger Maris' record .. and now, local sports fans are hoping to see every pitch, in hopes of witnessing the record-breaker.
Jean Jadhon is live at Hooter's restaurant in Roanoke, where baseball fans have been watching anxiously.
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Keith, many eyes were glued to sets around the nation, as Mark McGwire joins the ranks of Roger Maris and Babe Ruth in the record books.
And even though fans are excited about 61, what they really want to see is 62.
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It doesn't seem to matter which team fans are rooting for, most were cheering for McGwire this afternoon. So this Labor Day, it's hamburgers, chicken wings, baseball and beer. Not your usual Labor Day cookout, but still a very American way to spend the holiday.
And let's not forget Sammy Sosa...he's right on McGwire's tail at 58. He was also playing in th e gane, but he couldn't seem to get it over the fence.
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Now it's not just 61 in 19-61, but 61 in 19-98 for Mark McGwire.
The candidates for Congress- -both Roanoke residents- -went all the way to Buena Vista today to shake hands and exchange plesantries.
It was not a joint appearance, just a chance meeting.
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[SUPER=01-David Bowers/D-Congressional Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/R-Virginia]
[OUT Q=for you in Congress.]
(( It's the start of the political campaign.
The candidates were right out front, leading the marching bands down Magnolia Avenue.
Some on-lookers were just content to watch the sights.
((WHO DO YOU LIKE FOR CONGRESS?
RIGHT AT THIS TIME I'M KIND OF UNDECIDED.))
((IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE CLOSE. DO YOU THINK BOWERS HAS A CHANCE? HE'S GOT A OUTSIDE CHANCE. THAT'S ABOUT ALL, I'D SAY.))
((HE'S A FINE MAN, BUT I'M GOING TO SUPPORT BOB GOODLATTE.))
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers would just like an opportunity to share the stage with the incumbent Congressman... though HE hasn't proposed it.
[IN Q=I purposefully]
((I PURPOSEFULLY, STRATEGICALLY, HAVE NOT ASKED BOB GOODLATTE FOR A DEBATE. HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT? I'VE NOT CHALLENGED HIM. SO I WANT THAT TO BE, FIRST OF ALL, CLEAR. Why is that? I FIGURED EARLY ON THAT YOU WOULD ASK HIM TO DEBATE.))
W-D-B-J DID propose a televised debate this Fall, the Goodlatte camp declined... agreeing only to a separate half-hour appearance withOUT Bowers.
((WE WILL DEFINITELY BE DEBATING, ONCE THE CONGRESS ADJOURNS IN OCTOBER. WE ARE WORKING RIGHT NOW TO SET THOSE UP. You have no reluctance to meet on an equal platform with Mr. Bowers? OH, NONE WHATSOEVER. WE WILL HAVE A DEBATE.))
They've arranged a debate at Turner-Ashby High School on a Thursday afternoon in October.
There are no plans for a televised debate.
The candidates typically congregate at Glen Maury Park after the parade.
Bowers went straight to another appearance in Covington, instead, leaving the Reverand Carl Tinsley to speak on his behalf.
((HE WOULD DO A MARVELOUS JOB FOR YOU IN CONGRESS.))
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Roanoke fire officials are calling this mornings apartment fire suspicious.
Authorities say the suspicious fire broke out in the pantry of an apartment in the Lansdowne housing complex about 4 this morning.
It set off the smoke detectors, waking up Stephanie Wright and her two children.
They got out of the building on Delray Drive without injury.
The fire caused about 5-thousand dollars damage.
Authorities say the Red Cross will be contacting the family about their losses.
The investgation into what sparked the blaze is continuing.
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Does Virginia's Attorney-General face a conflict of interest in the switched babies case? Still ahead, we'll hear his answer.
Then, where could the baby swap story go from here? Eric Earnhart tells us what is likely from here.
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley makes no apology for his defense of the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Mark Earley indicated last month that he thought U-V-a had taken appropriate precautions to prevent new born babies being sent home with the wrong parents.
That statement prompted criticism from a lawyer representing one of the families.
At the Labor Day parade in Buena Vista today, the Attorney General defended his position and said he does not see any conflict of interest.
[IN Q=There are a]
((THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT CASES THAT COME UP ON AN ATTORNEY GENERAL'S WATCH THAT INVOLVE A STATE AGENCY. AND THE MERE FACT THAT IT HAS A HIGH PROFILE, HAS SOME CONTROVERSY, CERTAINLY DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL STEPS ASIDE.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Earley/Virginia Attorney General]
[OUT Q=steps aside.]
Earley points out no one has filed a lawsuit over the baby switch... yet.
And he said his heart goes out to the families involved.[Baby-Wrap]
If you've had trouble following all the twists and turns of the UVA hospital baby-switching case, this may help.
Eric Earnhart takes us back to the beginning, and ties it all together.
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[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
((It began with the birth of two little girls at the University Of Virginia Medical Center in 1995.
Kevin Chittum and Whitney Rogers named their child Rebecca... Paula Johnson and Carlton Conley named their's Callie...
Somehow, perhaps during their first night in the nursery, the babies were switched.
Life went on for both families until on January 3rd of this year, Paula Johnson learned Callie was not her biological daughter.
((TRUCK DRIVER; IT WAS JUST RAINING PRETTY HARD AND THE CAR HYDROPLANED ACROSS THE MEDIAN INTO THE ONCOMING TRACTOR TRAILER))
The very next day, still unaware of the switch... Kevin, Whitney, and 5 other people were killed in one of Virginia's worst traffic accidents.
Rebecca was now an orphan, but not alone... custody was shared by her grandparents... Larry and Rosa Chittum... Tommy Rogers and his ex-wife Linda.
As they tried to deal with the loss they'd suffered, a the next bombshell hit.. A USA today reporter discovered the connection between Callie and Rebecca.
The media descended on Buena Vista... Paula Johnson held a press conference...
[IN Q=that's the only]
((PAULA JOHNSON/MOTHER; THAT'S THE ONLY THING I COULD THINK, THAT THE GOOD LORD KNEW SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ADN THAT REBECCA WOULD NEED A MOTHER AND CALLIE WOULD NEED A MOTHER.))
[OUT Q=need a mother]
When talk turned to custody, the lawyers entered the picture.
Cynthia Johnson, representing Paula and Carlton... W.T. Robey, representing the Rogers and William Irvine representing the Chittums.
All agreed the children should stay where they are.
((W.T. ROBEY/ROGERS' ATTORNEY; THERE IS NO INTEREST ON THE PART OF THE ROGERS TO SWITCH THE BABIES.
MICHAEL IRVINE/CHITTUM'S ATTORNEY; CERTAINLY NO SWITCHING WILL TAKE PLACE
As they dealt with the situation, there was more bad news for the UVA Medical Center...
Tina Rutherford reports a nurse let her take her child home, even after the identification bands on her wrist and ankle fell off and dissappeared.
((TINA RUTHERFORD/MOTHER; WHO KNOWS WHAT'S HAPPENED SINCE THEN, OR WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE IF THEIR BANDING POLICIES DO NOT CHANGE.))
And this past weekend, a Roanoke couple revealed that, after their child child died at the hospital... the hospital gave them the wrong body.
((DAVID HUFFMAN/BABY'S FATHER; HE JUST LOOKED AT ME PLAIN AS DAY AND SAYS, JUST POINTS DOWN TO THE COFFIN AND SAYS THAT'S NOT YOUR BABY.))
All the families involved are turning to the hospital with one question in common...
[IN Q=I need to ]
((TOMMY ROGERS/GRANDFATHER; I NEED TO KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED, I NEED SOME ANSWERS FROM THE HOSPITAL AS OF NOW,))
[OUT Q=as of now]
Two state investigations are currently looking into the case of Callie and Rebecca... and unless there is some kind of settlement, lawsuits seem almost inevitable...
Eric Earnhart, News 7. ))
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Still ahead, find out why the Roanoke Ballet is "dancing" with excitement this year.
Then, talk about a "glass house"! We'll visit one that could have you feeling "all bottled up."
Most houses are put together with boards and nails.
What about concrete and ten thousand glass bottles?
It's what has held a historic one- room cottage in Carroll County together for nearly 60- years.
Teresa Hamilton has more on what's known to many locals as the "House of a Thousand Headaches."
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[SUPER=01-Joyce Bolt/Carroll Co. Historical Society; :38 ]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Hillsville.]
(( From a distance, this tiny one room cottage in Hillsville looks average.
But on closer inspection--
It becomes obvious-- this is NO ordinary structure.
The entire cottage is built out of concrete and ALL sorts of bottles-- from wine to medicine.
[IN Q=Would ]
((WOULD THAT BE MILK OF MAGNESIA? YES, IT'S MILK OF MAGNESIA. ))
[OUT Q=of magnesia.]
Joyce Bolt remembers coming here, as a child, for Girl Scout meetings.
These days-- she's Vice President of the the Carroll County historical society...
And is just as enamored with the place today as she was as a child.
[IN Q=I was ]
((JOYCE BOLT/CARROLL CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY VICE PRES.: I WAS PROBABLY ABOUT TEN YEARS OLD THE FIRST TIME I CAME TO SSE THE BOTTLE HOUSE AND I REMEMBER JUST STANDING BACK IN AWE, I JUST COULD HARDLY BELIEVE SO MANY BOTTLES IN SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE AND IT WAS JUST HUGE TO ME. ))
[OUT Q=to me.]
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Over the years, countless visitor have stopped to marvel at the home's unique structure--
Including then Governor James H. Price who was the among the first to sign the register in 1940.
The cottage was built by a pharmacist named Dr. John Hope-- back in the 1930's as a play house for his daughter.
Legend has it he collected the various bottles for two years before he had enough to begin the project-- which isn't nearly as appealing on the outside, as it is from within.
[IN Q=It's gorgeous]
((JOYCE BOLT:IT'S GORGEOUS WHEN THE AFTERNOON SUN HITS THE BOTTLES, ESPECIALLY, THE BLUE AND THE GREENS AND THE COLORS, THEY'RE JUST ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING.. ))
The house gained a new owner in the 1960's-- who continues to maintain it and welcome visitors who continue to marvel at how anyone could could come up with such a unique idea.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Hillsville.))
The Roanoke Ballet Theater will perform with top dancers and choreographers this fall.
A principal ballet dancer from Mongolia is part of the company this year.
He and his partner are rehearsing for a November show called "Suite Movements."
A similar event was staged last year.
[IN Q=It's turned]
((JENEFER DAVIES/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: IT'S TURNED INTO VERY MUCH OF AN ELEGANT EVENING. FAMILIES COME OUT ALL DRESSED UP IN THEIR FINERY AND THEY WATCH OUR HIGH-QUALITY DANCE, OUR GUEST ARTISTS AND OUR COMPANY. AND THEN AT INTERMISSION THEY HAVE THE HOTEL'S INCREDIBLE DESSERT MENU AND COFFEES AND THEY HAVE A REALLY NICE TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Jenefer Davies/Executive Director;]
[OUT Q=really nice time]
A choreographer from the Cunningham School of Dance in New York, as well as other guest artists, will lead parts of the performance.
The curtain rises November 7th at the Hotel Roanoke.
Coming up in sports. A look at Mark McGwire's history tying home run.
And the UVA Cavaliers are readying themselves for the Maryland Terrapins this weekend and one former Friday Football Extra star is leading the way with a lot of hard work.
Those stories and more after this.
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[GRAPHIC=McGwire Home Run Race]
All eyes were on the match up between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa going head to head in St Louis.
And the fans didn't have to wait long as Mark McGwire steps to the plate in the first inning and smacks his 61st home run of the season. This ties Roger Maris' season home run record.
McGwire grabs his son in celebration and salutes everyone--the Maris family who attended today's game, Sammy Sosa and Roger Maris in heaven.
[SUPER=01-Mark McGwire/Tied Roger Maris Record;]
[OUT Q=head on it well]
The game ended with Sosa striking out.
Cardinals 3 Cubs 2
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The Washington Redskins are giving no time table on the possible return of quarterback Gus Frerotte.
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Frerotte was injured in yesterday's 31-24 loss to the New York Giants.
He went eight for 12 for 93 yards and a touchdown before being forced out in the third quarter.
Freotte underwent an MRI today on his sprained right shoulder.
Jeff Hostetler is out with knee injury, so Trent Green took over the Q-B duties for the Skins.
Green was 17 for 25 with 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Virginia's John St. Clair has played musical chairs since his high school days at William Fleming, playing defensive tackle, tight end and now snapper. So who better to honor on this labor day than a hard worker. Steve Mason has more on the center of attention.
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The Cavaliers are preparing for their first ACC match up of the season.
UVA welcomes the Maryland Terrapins to Charlottesville, this Saturday.
The Cavs opened the season with a 19-to-nothing win in Auburn last Thursday.
Prognosticators have picked UVA to do very well this season, but the players say the predictions and the strong victory over Auburn won't make the team over-confident.
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