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Maybe it WAS just a mistake- -not a deliberate criminal act- -as the U-V-a Medical Center first suggested.

Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX a LIVE report from Richmond on the end of the state police investigation into the baby switch at U-V-a.

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Tonight on the Big 7, we'll hear from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Frank Beamer and Jesse Ventura.
Plus, plenty of hoop news is on the way
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along with a big Express move as Pete Brearley is released this afternoon.
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[TALENT=Robin]
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Clouds roll in tomorrow and some showers may follow. Your forecast and a Wednesday Weatherschool question up next.

[UVA-Babies]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#98-66 43:36]
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The world may never know.
The police investigation into how two babies were switched at birth three years ago at the University of Virginia Medical Center has ground to a halt with NO clear answers.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave]


Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What can you tell us about the investigation?
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[SUPER=@Ellen1;]
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NEWS 7 has learned the police report has been turned over to Charlottesville's Commonwealth's Attorney with NO clear findings of fault, no suspects or criminal allegations.
A source close to the investigation says the 1995 baby switch may have simply been a mistake.
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(( Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman is expected to talk to the families of Rebecca Chittum in Buena Vista and Callie Johnson in Greene County in a matter of days about any details he will be making public.
The police investigation is expected to remain open indefinitely, just in case new information surfaces.
Remember, when the baby switch first was discovered this July, U-V-A said it could NOT have been an accident-- that criminal activity must have been involved, because security and record-keeping procedures at the hospital were so sophisticated, a simple error could NOT occur.
The University later softened its stance.))
[Live=Ellen Full/Microwave]
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We know that Paula Johnson and Carlton Conley in Greene County were questioned early on in this investigation, first together for two hours... then Paula Johnson by herself for a slightly longer session.
It is that family that has most vocally threatened a lawsuit.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Microwave]


KEITH: They could sue the hospital for negligence?
ELLEN: Well certainly that Keith... but there was a also a case in Fairfax in 1994, where Fairfax Hospital Systems gave an adult dose of insulin to a child -- and paid out a million dollar malpractice award.
But then, the court ruled that the hospital had apparently tried to divert attention from the error by alleging criminal wrongdoing, with no credible evidence to actually suggest that.
So, the Fairfax judge allowed a separate civil action against the hospital for fraud and conspiracy.
Now, we're not suggesting that will happen in this case... but NO police finding of criminality in this report certa

inly opens the hospital up to a variety of suits.[Bomb-Threat]


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Giles County investigators and Virginia State Police say they will make a "joint statement" tomorrow morning, regarding the recent series of bomb threats against two high schools.
Investigators won't reveal details tonight, but they DID question several students this afternoon and indicated they do hope to resolve the matter soon.
Another threat was called in today.
It's the third day in a row this has happened.
Today's target: Narrows High School.




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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=djo]
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The Roanoke police officers involved in the pepper- spray death of a drug suspect are back at work.
Officers M-L Pendleton and R-A Johnson had been on paid leave for the past three weeks, but an internal probe has cleared them.
The dead man's mother is guarded about commenting on the situtation, but she did talk with David Johnson today.
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Carrie Dulin says the officers who are responsible for the death of her son should not be on the streets. Dulin says she'll do all she can to, in her words, right this wrong.
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((I DO FEEL THAT IF THERE IS ANYTHING IN MY POWER TO SEEK JUSTICE, IT WILL BE DONE.))
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Poindexter was arrested October 24th for possession of crack cocaine. Two officers pepper sprayed Poindexter after suspecting him of chewing more crack. Poindexter later died. As for the officers' return to duty:
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((I HAVE NO COMMENT.))
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Except to say that she is discussing the matter with an attorney. But the local NAACP has plenty to say about it. The civil rights group says the investigation raises a lot of concerns.
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((IT JUST INCREASES THE AMOUNT OF CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE, AND QUESTIONS THAT WE HAVE ABOUT THIS CASE. FROM THE TIME THE DECISION WAS MADE TO STOP THE CAR TO THE TIME MR. POINDEXTER BREATHED HIS LAST BREATH AND BEYOND THAT, TO HOW THIS INVESTIGATION IS BEING HANDLED, WE HAVE A SLEW OF QUESTIONS ABOUT.))
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Jeffrey says his trail of evidence, leads him to believe the officers actions were inappropriate and unacceptable. Police chief Joe Gaskins says he's satisfied with the findings of the internal investigation. A criminal investigation continues, pending a toxicology report and a review by the commonwealth's attorney's office.


David Johnson, News7.[Pepper-Spray]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Until now, Roanoke Police haven't had any complaints about their use of pepper spray.
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That's according to the man who trains officers how to use force. [pre pro]
Sgt. Eric Mills said officers use pepper spray an average of 107-times a year.
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The spray temporarily blinds someone who's hit in the face.
It also makes it harder to breathe.
But police say it doesn't pose any health risk.
And they say it gives officers an option besides using move severe, or deadly, force.
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((MILLS: I CAN THINK, SINCE WE STARTED USING IT, OF AT LEAST TWO OR THREE INCIDENTS WHEN AN ARMED SUBJECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITH THE USE OF PEPPER SPRAY. AND WITHOUT THE PEPPER SPRAY I FEEL CERTAIN THAT LETHAL FORCE WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN USED AGAINST THE SUSPECTS.))
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The effects of pepper spray usually wear off in 45-minutes.
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[FBI-Fugitive]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#598-37 32:16]
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A man wanted for a nearly decade-old double murder in Halifax County is now on the FBI's list of most wanted fugitives.
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[VO-NAT]


Pictures of Raymond Kalun Pin can be found on the FBI's internet site.
He's accused of killing Frank Syndor and Valencia Bouldin in October 1989.
Authorities believe Pin stabbed Syndor to death over a dispute during a poker game.
They believe Pin then killed Bouldin to dispose of any witnesses to the killing.
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[TAKE WEB WATCH PAGE FULL]
You can find a link to the FBI's internet site by going to the WDBJ7 home page and clicking on "Web Watch."[Tease#1]


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A dozen people are arrested for arson, and nine of them are firefighters. That story is just ahead.
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And a truck accident has tied up traffic for hours. We'll tell you when things should re-open.
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Nine volunteer firefighters in the Rockbridge region are under arrest ... for starting fires. And police say they have confessed.
As Stacey Martin tell us, the arrests follow a 19-month investigation.
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((Henry Tolley had plans to renovate a small, white home on his property.
But, as he showed us, a dry patch of dirt and some dead weeds are all that remain, after it was burned to the ground last April.
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Police arrested nine firefighters and charged three juveniles in connection with this and several other fires.
Charges against two others are pending.
Five of those charged are volunteers at the Effinger Fire Department.
Another four are members of the Lexington Fire Department.
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((CHRIS BLALOCK/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: THE MAJORITY OF THEM SAID IT WAS JUST BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO ANSWER CALLS AND THEY THOUGH IT WOULD BE A GOOD TRAINING EXERCISE TO PUT THE TRAINING TO USE THAT THEY'VE GOTTEN OVER THE YEARS AND JUST THE THRILL OF BEING ABLE TO ANSWER A CALL.)) [RUNS12]
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Police say the Interstate- 581 entrance and exit ramps will be closed on Orange Avenue in Roanoke until about nine o'clock tonight, because of a tractor-trailer accident.
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The tractor-trailer overturned around one o'clock on the entrance ramp to 581.
Police say the driver climbed out the passenger's side door and was only slightly hurt.
They say the truck's weight forced it to flip as it tried to round the curve.
To repeat: the on and off ramps to Interstate 581 on Orange Avenue Westbound will be closed until around nine-o'clock tonight

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The Dow is above 9-thousand again. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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State Republicans are wasting no time promoting their proposed tax cuts, which they say give 365-million-more dollars to education and law enforcement.
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Today local legislators met at a Salem school to show how that money would help the Roanoke valley.
Sheriff's deputies would get a nine-percent raise--- they say now, they earn less than police.
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((YOU MAY BE A DEPUTY SHERIFF WORKING AND YOU'RE BEING PAID $21,247 A YEAR AND YOU MAY BE WORKING BESIDE A TOWN POLICE OFFICER WHOSE SALARY IS $31,000 A YEAR AFTER THEY'VE BEEN THERE FIVE YEARS.))
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[VO-NAT]


The Governor also wants to spend all lottery profits on education -- giving Roanoke County, for example, an extra two million dollars next year.
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((WE'RE LOOKING AT RENOVATION OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT NEW SCIENCE LABS AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE S-O-L'S AND S-O-Q'S.))
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[VO-NAT]


Delegate Chip Woodrum, a Democrat, says Democrats have championed these proposals before.
He says he's happy Republicans have finally come around.
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[Danville-Stabbing]


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[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-76 10:48]
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A little boy is recovering from a stab wound last night in Danville.
8-year old Justin Wilson is listed in good condition tonight at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Meantime, the boy's mother, Pamela Wilson (ON-YEH-MEM) Onyemem, is charged with the stabbing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night;]


Police were called to the Cedarwood Apartments last night around 9:30.
There, they found Justin Wilson with stab wounds to his chest, arms and hands.
His mother is in the Danville City Jail.
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[Amazement-Square]


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A woman who never had children of her own is making a big difference in the lives of thousands of young people in central Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Before she died last year, Maylia (MAIL-yuh) Green Rightmire left one million dollars to the Amazement Square project in downtown Lynchburg.
The interactive children's museum is setting up shop in a 150- year- old warehouse along the city's riverfront.
Rightmire's gift has pushed the museum closer to its fundraising goal of five million dollars.
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[SOT 2:17:30]
[IN Q=And she was]

((DIANE WALKER/MUSEUM BOARD MEMBER: AND SHE WAS A TRUE VISIONARY. SHE SAW WHAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN YOU TAKE AN OLD WAREHOUSE LIKE THIS FROM THE 1850'S AND MAKE IT INTERACTIVE FOR ALL THE CHILDREN OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA.))
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Amazement Square will feature dozens of hands-on educational exhibits tied to the area's history and culture.
It plans to open in the year 2000.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming your way tonight a variety of items including some Express moves, some hoop hilites, and we'll hear from Beamer, Jesse Ventura and
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[VO-NAT]


and Dale Earnhardt Junior, who gives us his thoughts on Jeff Gordon.
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[S-Hoops]


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After a wild night on Tuesday the high school girls' regionals cool their heels this evening.
No where was the action more tumultuous than in region-C last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Shawsville/Galax vs. Shawsville; :00]


Galax came into Shawsville as big underdog. But the Maroon Tide left town with a surprisingly easy 52 to 37 win that ended the Shawnees season and advanced the Tide onto the semi-finals where they will be joined by fellow Mountain Empire member Ft. Chiswell
[SUPER=03-New Castle/John Battle vs. Craig Co.; ]


And John Battle. The Trojans ended Craig County's fairytale season in New Castle last night with a 51-to-49 win. Battle, Galax, Ft. Chiswell and Northwood will play in the region's final four tomorrow night in Marion.
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And don't forget to join us tonight at 11, as Steve Mason has this week's installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Tonight we hit the road and travel to Hillsville
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Where we will meet one of the best kept secrets in the state, Carroll County's Erin Gibson. A super sophomore center, who is six three and already wears a size 14 men's show.
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[S-UVA]


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The Virginia men's basketball team has lost another player. Sophomore walk on guard Josh Hare has pnemonia. The Cavaliers left for the Top of the World Classic in Alaska yesterday. Hare did not make the trip, although he is scheduled to rejoin the team tomorrow. As a reserve he logged 17 minutes against VCU and had 2 points and 4 rebounds.


[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express finished making a few big roster moves today.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1998-99 Season; :00]


Right winger Pete Brearly has been traded to the Charlotte Checkers for future considerations. So far this season, Brearly had just two goals in eight games for the Express. Last year, He was Roanoke's second leading scorer with 54 points. He flew outt of Roanoke at 3pm.
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[ANCHOR=mike]
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The Express also released Andrew Tortorella. These moves make room for two players that have arrived in Roanoke from the New York Islanders and the Lowell Lochmonsters. Centerman Jason Stewart and defenseman Evgeny Korelev are new Ex

press additions. [S-Earnhardt]


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The Winston Cup circuit rolls into Japan this weekend for the season ending exhibition race in Motegi.
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[SUPER=04-1998 Season; :00]


Among those competing is the reigning Busch series champion, Dale Earnhardt Junior.
He'll get his first taste of Cup competition over the weekend. Next year he will run five events with the big boys.

And he knows that many fans are banking on him to eventually knock Jeff Gordon off his throne.
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[S-Ventura]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[TAPE#=SP-18]
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The Friday Football Extra postseason party rolls on this week with the regional finals.
[graphic=ventura]
But did you know that the new governor-elect in Minnesota, Jesse Ventura is also a football coach and that he has a

high school team in the state playoffs up there?
This morning, the former rassler talked about how the reality of winning his recent political race is finally sinking in.
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[OUT Q=...for four years."]
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More from the former Navy seal tonight at 11.


[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Hey if Jesse can win then anything is possible. And no one knows that more than Frank Beamer.
He's seen it all this season whileplaying Temple and Syracuse, but right now all he wants to see is win number 8 Saturday against Rutgers.
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The football this weekend on Your Hometown Station has the number one ranked Tennessee Volunteers taking on the Kentucky Wildcats at three o'clock.
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And on Sunday an NFL doubleheader is coming your way as the Steeers look to regroup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and then right after that Oakland takes on Denver in the AFC West.
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The standards of learning are designed to improve students' basic skills, but at what cost?
[Double Boxes=Keith/Joe in Newsroom]


Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more on that.
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[SUPER=@joe1;]


Keith, with the increased emphasis on the standards of learning, critics wonder if other areas will suffer...
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[VO-NAT]


fine arts, extracurricular activities, and other subjects that compete with the standards of learning for class time.
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[SOT 11:59:37]
[IN Q=The lack of these skills]

((THE LACK OF THESE SKILLS WILL BEGIN TO SHOW. IN OHIO WHERE I WAS PROBABLY IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THERE ARE GOING TO BE PEOPLE SCREAMING, WHY CAN'T THESE KIDS RECOGNIZE THE VOCABULARY WORDS.))
[SUPER=01-JoAnn Carter/Retired Ohio Teacher]
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[OUT Q=the vocabulary words.]

[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE FULL]
We'll hear from state and local school officials, from students and teachers tonight at 11 in our special report: "Great Expectations".
[Live=Joe full]


And a reminder: you can take your own sample S-O-L questions on the internet. Click "Web-Watch" our WDBJ-7 home page
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for a direct link the state Education Department's web site.

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