The third medical mix-up at U-V-a marks what a University V-P calls an extemely painful year.
Coming up on NEWS 7: a LIVE report from the Board of Visitors meeting.
Trouble at TECH- -where fund-raising records are being broken- -but students are unhappy about liquor at the celebration.
In sports, Another big night of Friday football Extra we'll preview the Giles Radford game.
And Virginia Tech moves into first place in the Big East after a win over Boston College.
Not a bad weekend for football, fall foliage viewing, or the Highlander festival in Radford. Tell you why in a moment.
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The hospital that initially said it could NOT have made a mistake gave a humbling report today to the board that oversees it.
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors is in Charlottesville for its quarterly meeting-- just one day after a third variation on baby switching at U-V-A was made public.
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Ellen Qualls is at the Rotunda.
What new developments are there?
Keith they have made contact with the woman whose miscarried fetal remains were separated from the placental remains.
That's the two year old mistake that just surfaced this week after the Governor learned of it.
On top of the original baby switch, and then the Roanoke woman who picked up the wrong deceased infant-- this third incident has made for what U-V-A'S visibly shaken Vice President called an "extremely painful" year.
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((DR. ROBERT CANTRELL/U.VA. HEALTH SCIENCES PROVOST: AS QUEEN ELIZABETH SAID TO PARLIAMENT A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN IT WAS A PARTICULARLY BAD YEAR, IT WAS ANNUS HORRIBLUS. I KNOW HER FEELINGS.))
Some members of UVA's Board of Visitors had heard of the latest morgue mess-up before it was reported in the media.
Some had not.
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((DR. ROBERT CANTRELL/U.VA. HEALTH SCIENCES PROVOST: MISTAKES HAPPEN. BUT RELEASING THE WRONG REMAINS TWICE IN TWO YEARS IS CLEARLY UNACCEPTABLE.))
But they're remaining tight-lipped until they can meet with and explain the situation to the woman who had the miscarriage.
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((DR. ROBERT CANTRELL/UVA V.P. FOR HEALTH SCIENCES: WE HOPE THAT SHE WILL KEEP THE APPOINTMENT THAT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.))
Back to the original baby switch-- they passed out the new umbilical clamps.
And made this curious reference about Paula Johnson and Carlton Conley's access to the UVA nursery.
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((DR. ROBERT CANTRELL/U.VA. HEALTH SCIENCES PROVOST: WE CONTINUE TO RESTRICT ENTRY, BUT WHEN MOTHERS GO HOME A DAY OR SO FOLLOWING DELIVERY, AND THE INFANT REMAINS FOR SOME MEDICAL REASON, BOTH MOTHER AND FATHER ARE ENCOURAGED TO RETURN TO THE NURSERY TO BOND WITH THE BABY OR NURSE THE BABY. I'VE DIRECTED THAT SEPARATE BONDING OR NURSING ROOMS BE MADE AVAILABLE.))
Since the baby switch is still a potentially huge lawsuit or settlement-- expect NO fingers to be pointed or blame taken until the final State Police report puts a theory in writing.
But the board member who chairs the Health Affairs Committee's now on record with this:
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((DR. CHARLES CARAVATI/UVA BOARD OF VISITORS: OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE SOME FAULT. WE MADE A MISTAKE. WE ALLOWED THE BABY SWITCHING TO OCCUR.))
One thing reporters learned this week was that baby switching and misplacing of fetal remains are reported to the state Division of Risk Management.
Those reports are kept secret from us so agencies won't be afraid to report and correct deficiencies.
But when we asked Board member Charles Caravati if he could find out if there are any OTHER skeletons in the closet at UVA hospital, he said he could find out, but had NOT asked.
Several board members hope they've heard it all now, Keith.
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KEITH: On the third woman who's fetal remains were misplaced... does she know what's happened?
ELLEN: Dr. Cantrell would NOT say. He said his letter to her was NOT cruel enough to mention the details -- only that he wanted to meet with her. So unless she's heard media reports and put two and two together, she may NOT know.))
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The brain-damaged man at the center of a recent "right-to-die" court battle in Virginia died today.
Hugh Finn was the 44 year old man who suffered severe brain damange in a car crash more than three years ago.
He died just after ten this morning at a nursing home near Manassas, eight days after the feeding tube that had sustained him was removed.
A Virginia Tech student has been arrested and charged with distributing child pornography by computer.
Twenty-nine year old Michael Elliott Eck was apprehended Monday at his home in Myrtle Beach. Having been a student at Tech for ten years- -off and on- -Eck just graduated in August.
The federal indictment- -returned last month but under seal until this afternoon- -charges Eck with sending "visual depictions" of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
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Virginia Tech is celebrating the end of its most successful fundraising campaign ever.
But the celebration includes alcohol, and that could cast a shadow over tonight's expensive celebration.
Teresa Hamilton explains why.
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Virginia's largest university has reason to celebrate.
Last year, donors gave a record 337- million dollars to Virginia Tech.
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WELL OVER HALF OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE SERIOUS FINANCIAL NEEDS. AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO SUPPLEMENT FACULTY SALARIES, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ADD LABORATORIES.))
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To honor those who're making it all possible-- a private dinner, with an open bar, is being held on campus.
It's the alcohol part that offends some students who feel the university is exercising bad judgment since the school has joined other schools around the state in trying to crack down on student drinking.
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((I THINK IT'S PRETTY HYPOCRITICAL, I'M A PAMPLIN SCHOOL SO I'M GOING TO BE THERE TONIGHT AND I'M UNDERAGE SO I CAN'T DRINK BUT I THINK IT'S SENDING MIXED MESSAGES. ))
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University officials believe the students don't fully understand the college's position.
They say the university isn't opposed to drinking-- merely those who binge or drink underage.
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WHEN YOU HAVE STUDENTS DIE IN AUTOMOBILE CRASHES OR FALL OUT OF WINDOWS BECAUSE THEY'RE INEBRIATED, THAT RAISES SOME VERY REAL CONCERNS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ATTEMPTING TO GET A BETTER HANDLE ON. ))
[OUT Q=handle on.]
The tent was erected on the drill field because the college couldn't find a large enough place elsewhere on campus for tonight's celebration.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, BlackSburg.
We are on campus for tonight's event, and we'll have the latest for you at 11.
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Police find a local man who made the state's list of biggest "deadbeat dads". Details are just ahead.
And next, our hot, dry summer harms a different kind of harvest, to help the poor.
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A shortage of rain this past summer could translate into a shortage of food for the needy this fall and winter.
The drought cut into crop production, which means there are fewer leftovers to be given to local charities.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Sunny skies haven't brought a smile to Danny Johnson's face this year.
A lack of rain has left Johnson with a 75 percent loss in his Bedford County orchard.
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((DANNY JOHNSON/ORCHARD OWNER: THE DRY WEATHER HASTENED THE RIPENING OF THE APPLE AND THEREFORE IT'S DROPPING PREMATURELY SO THERE'S A LOT OF APPLES ON THE GROUND.))
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Once they hit the ground they start to rot.. which is bad news for volunteers with the Gleaning Project.
Their job is to gather up the fallen apples to take to local food banks.. but the pickings have been slim this year.
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((NANCY TEW/THE GLEANING PROJECT: IN A NORMAL YEAR WE HAVE GLEANERS EVERY SATURDAY IN OCTOBER AND THE FIRST IN NOVEMBER SO WE CAN SCHEDULE AHEAD AND WE HAVE PEOPLE TO PICK UP THE APPLES. THIS YEAR WE'RE JUST GOING WEEK TO WEEK TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE FROM ONE WEEK TO THE NEXT.))
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((The pinch is being felt here at places like the Lynchburg Area Food Bank, where for the first time ever, they're having to buy produce to make up for the shortage.))
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Director Sharon Cash says normally she'd have about six thousand pounds of apples to hand out.. instead there's less than a thousand pounds left.
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((SHARON CASH/LYNCHBURG AREA FOOD BANK: THIS SUMMER HAS REALLY INCREASED AND I THINK IT'S DUE TO THE PEOPLE WEREN'T ABLE TO RAISE GARDENS LIKE THEY NORMALLY HAD. USUALLY THE SUMMER MONTHS ARE SLOW FOR US, BUT I'VE DISTRIBUTED OVER A 100 THOUSAND POUNDS EACH MONTH.))
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Cash hopes donations of money and other produce will help make up for the shortfall.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))[Child-Support]
In August, he made the "Delinquent Dozen" list of the biggest deadbeat dads in Virginia.
Today, former Lynchburg resident Laurence Erwin Judd is behind bars in Las Vegas.
Social Services officials have been cracking down on parents who don't pay their child support.
Judd owes his children more than 150- thousand dollars.
Credit reporting agencies helped track him down at his home in Nevada.
A Pittsylvania County man has been convicted of murder for a causing a deadly wreck while he was being chased by police.
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Brian Keith Fuller led police on a 17-mile chase through North Carolina in May 1997.
It ended when Fuller's Toyota collided with a pickup truck, killing two people.
Fuller had a blood alcohol level of point-one-five -- almost twice the legal limit.
Fuller will spend at least 39-years in prison.
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In Henry County, a truck carrying 12-hundred turkeys rolled over on the highway-- killing many of the birds.
It happened around six this morning on Route-220 near Bassett Forks.
One of the north-bound lanes was blocked for much of the day while workers cleaned things up.
The turkeys were on their way from North Carolina to a processing plant in Harrisonburg.
Wall Street finished the week on the UP-tick.
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Franklin County officials say they will give adults free computer training, hoping to draw new industry to the area.
The county is using a 225-thousand-dollar grant to buy 126 computers.
They will be stationed throughout the county so adults can learn the Internet and keyboard skills.
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((LEONARD GEREAU/FRANKLIN CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: HIGH TECH INDUSTRY IS VERY INTERESTED IN THE WORK SKILLS OF YOUR WORKFORCE. THE HIGHER THOSE SKILLS THE MORE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO ATTRACT A HIGH TECH INDUSTRY.))
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Families can also use the computers together.
After training, an adult can borrow a computer and access the Internet at home with just a phone line.
Adults can register for the training at any Franklin County school.
A memorial service is set tomorrow for former newspaperman Kermit "Red" Salyer (SAWL-yerr).
Salyer owned and published the Franklin News-Post for 28 years, and became known for some memorable headlines.
A graduate of Emory and Henry College, Salyer began his career in New York City, writing travel articles for newspapers and magazines.
He won an award in 1976 for his contributions to freedom of the press.
The memorial service is tomorrow at 3, at Oakey's Roanoke chapel.
Fans of professional wrestling are a devoted bunch, and today they were up early and standing in line at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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((I HAVE A SIX YEAR OLD SON AT HOME THAT LOVES WRESTLING AND THAT'S IT. HE GOES TO SCHOOL HE GETS WRESTLING TICKETS.))
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Barbara Brizendine (briz-en-DINE) was there. So were close to one thousand others looking forward to the arrival of World Championship Wrestling on November fifth.
With a national television audience, WCW has become a major draw.
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((JIM EVANS/CIVIC CENTER MANAGER: A LONG TIME AGO IT WAS A REGIONAL KIND OF THING. AND NOW IT'S BECOME A NATIONAL THING WITH NATIONAL TELEVISION AND TRUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AND THAT SORT OF THING, SO IT'S BECOME HUGE.))
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After a slow summer, the civic center is looking forward to a busier fall with events including W- C- W, Lord of
the Dance, Shania Twain, Aerosmith and Roanoke Express Hockey. [Sports Tease]
The Winston Cup cars are qualifying at Talladega another big weekend of Friday Football Extra.
And We'll preview the Giles Radford high school football game that's one of 17 games we'll have tonight on Friday Football Extra.
Several cars are still on the track as the Winston Cup Cars qualify for Winston 500.
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Terry Labonte was the man to beat as he posted a olap of 194 point 733 miles an hour to sit on the pole.
But just moments later Ken Schrader took the track and he turned in a speed of 196 point 153 knocking Labonte from the pole position with several cars left to qualify.
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Tonight's Radford and Giles game could ultimately decide the Three Rivers District champion. Steve Mason has a preview.
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((The Spartans have outscored the opposition 93 to 34 in their last three games, including a 47 point outburst against Glenvar.
Their surge goes back to that 29-20 opening season loss to the Indians in which the Spartans had 6 turnovers. Since then, Giles has averaged less than one turn over per game, answering the wake up call.
Norm Lineburg's bobcats could be the best 2 and 3 team out there. Playing against Powell Valley's Julius Jones, one of the state's top college prospects, provided experience that could come in handy when facing the multiple threat Giles running game.))
The Virginia Tech defense came up big in last night's 17 to nothing Big East win over Boston College.
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The big play of the game came when Pierson Prioleau intercepted this pass and returned it 85 yards for the touchdown. The defense also blocked two punts and had a goal line stand in the victory.
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The 17-th ranked Hokies improve to 5 and 0 on the season and take over first place in the Big East.
Tech is off until October 17-th when they play winless Temple.
The Ferrum Panthers are undefeated at 4 and 0 and the Panthers have won three games on the road.
Ferrum will hit the road again tomorrow for a game against Guilford.
The Panthers are confident and the key to this game will be the pressure the defense puts on a young Guilford offense.
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Kickoff tomorrow in Guilford is 1 thirty at Guilford College.
It's parents weekend in Lexington as the Keydets of V-M-I host Wofford. Kickoff at Alumni Field is one P.M. V-M-I is 1 and 4 and 0 and 3 in the Southern Conference.
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Washington and Lee hits the road for a game at Davidson the Generals are 1 and 3. Game time is 1 thirty.
And Liberty heads the Tidewater area for a game against Hampton University. Kickoff is 1-thirty.
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