Up next on News 7, police confirm suspicions about how two babies were switched at the U-V-A Medical Center.
and Virginia joins numerous other states in agreeing to a multi billion dollar settlement with the tobacco industry.
A few more showers then the weekend forecast turns a bit cooler. More just ahead.
In medical news --
Service animals aren't just limited to dogs anymore, monkeys are helping patients with day to day activities.
Plus, Radford health officials are teaching the community how to handle the growing problem of anorexia and bulimia.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: WE DO NOT THINK THIS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IS PERFECT.))
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But it's good enough for Virginia and the 45 other states who had NOT already settled with big tobacco.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley has signed on to the 206-BILLION dollar national tobacco settlement.
The deal means restrictions on the industry and about four BILLION dollars for Virginia over the next 25 years.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with more on Mark Earley's reasoning.
Jean, as he said at the top of the show, the Attorney General doesn't think the deal's perfect for Virginia.
But realistically, it's hard to imagine a perfect resolution for any of the six tobacco growing states.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: CLEARLY THERE WAS GROWING MOMENTUM FOR A NATIONAL SETTLEMENT. AND IF VIRGINIA CHOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SETTLEMENT, WE WOULD RECEIVE NONE OF THE BENEFITS OF THE SETTLEMENT, WHILE RECEIVING THE RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD BE BEING IMPOSED ON THE INDUSTRY AND ON VIRGINIANS AS WELL.))
So the actual settlement only includes a commitment for the tobacco companies to sit down with the grower states in a month to try to provide aid to the farmers.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: WITH RESPECT TO THE FARMERS, THE DISCUSSIONS WE HAVE HAD TO DATE INVOLVE THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY PLACING A SIGNIFICANT SUM OF MONEY INTO A NATIONAL TRUST. THE NATIONAL TRUST WOULD THEN DISSEMINATE THAT MONEY TO THE GROWER STATES, WHO WILL HAVE SET UP A SEPARATE TRUST WITHIN ITS STATE.))
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The Virginia Tobacco Growers Association says it agrees with "the concept and logic" of the settlement.
On the public health side, the Group to Alleviate Smoking in Public (GASP), calls this deal "a total sellout," which will be "grossly inadequate" in stopping youth smoking.
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So that highlights again what a difficult issue it is for Virginia.
A Police investigation has coinfirmed what most everyone suspected- that the switch of two babies at the U-V-A medical Center three years ago was simply..a mistake.
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Steve Smallshaw is in Charlottesville tonight where the families of the two girls were briefed on the state police invesitgation today.
Steve is there any new information in that report.
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(Rollcue: that may never be answered)
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[SUPER=01-Paula Johnson/Mother of Callie Conley;]
[SUPER=01-Linda Rogers/Grandmother of Rebecca Chittum;]
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Q&A: Steve, how do you think that could impact any legal action?[5-Scales]
Lawyers for the Martinsville twins accused of a 1997 murder say the police violated their clients' rights.
Kerry and Terry Scales were in court for a hearing today.
They're accused of shooting to death one man and injuring another at Arnold's, a Blacksburg nightspot.
Both brothers gave written statements to police after the shootings.
But the twins say they weren't advised of their right to have a lawyer present.
Today, their lawyers say those statements should NOT be allowed as evidence in a murder trial.
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((JENKINS: OBVIOUSLY IN POLICE WORK, YOU HAVE A BETTER CASE WHEN YOU GET A STATEMENT FROM SOMEBODY THAT'S INCRIMINATING. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO DO.))
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Judge Ray Grubbs said he'll decide if the statements can be used as evidence next month.
The lawyers withdrew another motion today -- one that requested a separate trial for each brother.
They WILL be tried together.
Jury selection begins next spring.
[(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)
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Still to come on the newscast, a man holding police off in Kansas City surrenders,
and a member of Kenneth Starr's staff quits in a dispute over Starr's testimony yesterday in the House.
On HealthCheck, we'll see how parapelegics are using monkeys to improve the quality of their lives.
and Patrick Evans has his Radar locked on the latest efforts of one of the region's best known bands.
A five hour standoff in Kansas City Missouri ended just moments ago-
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The gunmen surrendered to police.
The man was apparently fired yesterday from his job at a collection agency in the building-
This morning police say he walked into the Penn Tower office building and opened fire- injuring one person.
The man was then holed up in the building with several other employees.
Police cut a hole in the wall to free the workers- and swat teams moved in.
Late this afternoon the man was escorted out of the building by police.
One of Ken Starr's closest confidants has abruptly resigned his post as Starr's ethics advisor.
Sam Dash is protesting his boss's decision to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
But Starr gently disagreed.
((KEN STARR/INDEPENDENT COUNSEL/ I THINK I HAD A DUTY TO DO WHAT I DID BUT I CERTAINLY HAVE THE MOST PROFESSIONAL RESPECT FOR SAM AND HIS VERY DIFFERENT JUDGEMENT.))
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After Starr's testimony yesterday the committee moved to expand its investigation.
It'll call four more witnesses including the President's closest advisor- Bruce Lindsey and his attorney Bob Bennett.
A man convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-year old girl in Danville will spend time behind bars.
A judge sentenced Robin Wayne Martin today to ten years in prison-- but he will only have to serve four.
Martin was convicted last year of forcing a young girl to rub lotion on his genitals during a Christmas party in 1996.
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Martin also faces charges in North Carolina for allegedly luring a 12-year old girl away from her church and raping her.
That incident reportedly happened in April, while Martin was out on bond awaiting sentencing in Danville.
A trial on the Charlotte charges is set for January.
Two tourism agencies are competing for a spot in Rocky Mount's newly restored train depot.
Rocky Mount has spent four years and more than 200-thousand-dollars to transform this old station into a tourism center.
Now both the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Merchants and Businessmen's Association want to move in.
They say they can fill the center with promotional brochures, artifacts, pictures, and knowledgeable volunteers.
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((DOROTHY CUNDIFF/FRANKLIN CO. MERCHANTS AND BUSINESSMEN'S ASSOC.: YOU KNOW IT'S STRANGE, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING IN ARE LOOKING FOR GRAVEYARDS. WHILE THAT'S NOT SEEMINGLY A HISTORIC OR TOURISM THING, IT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE COMING INTO THE AREA WANT TO FIND -- THEIR ANCESTORS.))
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Tonight a Rocky Mount town council subcommittee will discuss WHO should occupy the center.
Members expect to make a recommendation next month.
One of the most popular bands in our region is celebrating the release of it's new album. Radar Rose hopes it's new effort clicks.
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Radar Rose, a local band with a long history here in the Valley, will debut its new Album, "CLICK" tonight at Belly of the Beast, and all you need is coat to get into the party.
Patrick Evans explains.
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Coming up in Sports, is Virginia Tech's football coach thinking of leaving? Mike Stevens will tell us why some people think he's considering it.
Coming up next on health check --
Thanksgiving and Christmas mean feasting on fattening food.
but health officials warn starting a diet this time of year is the beginning of a very dangerous trend.
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((ERIN SULLIVAN/EATING DISORDER SPECIALIST: I'M WORKING WITH ONE RIGHT NOW THAT I'M DOING A CASE STUDY ON TODAY. SHE STARTED OFF LAST JANUARY AFTER THE HOLIDAYS RESTRICTING AND THAT'S WHAT GOT HER INTO ANNOREXIA.))
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More than five million American's suffer from eating disorders.
Saint Albans Hospital in Radford is holding a free program today to teach people in the community how to treat eating disorders in an outpatient setting.
Those in attendance include mental health professionals, doctors, nurses, school officials and even dentists.
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((ERIN SULLIVAN/CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER: PEOPLE WILL SAY I'VE HAD A LOT MORE CAVITIES, MY DENTIST WAS CONCERNED I DON'T HAVE ANYMORE ENAMEL ON MY TEETH FROM THROWING UP SO MUCH, THINGS OF THAT NATURE.))
[SUPER=01-Erin Sullivan/Clinical Social Worker; ]
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The program teaches the early warning signs.
Specialists say more and more young women are developing problems.
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[IN Q=The folks that]
((ERIN SULLIVAN/CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER: THE FOLKS THAT I AM SEEING SEEM TO BE MORE SEVERE, PARTICULARLY THE ANOREXICS. I HAVE SEVERAL COLLEGE STUDENTS THAT PREVIOUSLY I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REFER TO A HOSPITAL AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY'VE SOUGHT TREATMENT AND THEY'RE VERY EMACIATED LOOKING.))
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[OUT Q=emaciated looking.]
Sullivan says the reason for the increase may be the return of the ultra thin 60's appearance coming back in style.
She says her main goal in treatment is teaching patients to be imperfect.
In the world of someone who's paralyzed, the everyday tasks of life can be very difficult if not impossible.
But a unique pairing of human and animal is making life easier for some patients. Lee Cowan has more.
[SUPER=01-Judi Zazula/Helping Hands;]
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((FOR BECKY THOMPSON, EVEN THE MOST MUNDANE TASK IS A STRUGGLE -
A DIVING ACCIDENT NEARLY 2 DECADES AGO, LEFT HER LEGS AND HANDS ALMOST
BUT WHAT THEY CAN NO LONGER DO, A FRIEND NOW DOES INSTEAD -- A
PAIR OF LITTLE HAIRY HELPING HANDS - WITH A HEART AS BIG AS THEIR
((voice under pix))
"She can give me medicine. She can give me water."
KRISTI HAS BECOME ONE OF THE FAMILY.
(( SUPER: BECKY THOMPSON//QUADRIPLEGIC))
"There are so many things where she can fulfill in me. That I have to
call for help or maybe won't get help."
KRISTI DOES A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING - FOLLOWING VOICE COMMANDS
WITH THE AID OF A RED LASER, SHE DOES THE THINGS THE REST OF US BARELY
EVEN CONSIDER A TASK - PICKING UP A DROPPED ITEM - TURNING ON OR OFF A
LIGHT - OR TENDING TO AN ITCH THAT WITHOUT HER WOULD GO UNSCTRATCHED.
(LOCATOR: BOSTON, MA)
(( NAT BOSTON FACILITY?? ))
THE IDEA WAS THE BRAIN-CHILD OF A BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGIST
WHOSE FRIEND HAD LOST THE USE OF HER ARMS AND LEGS.
SINCE IT'S RATHER MODEST BEGINNING SOME 20 YEARS AGO, HELPING
HANDS -- A BOSTON BASED NON PROFIT GROUP -- HAS BLOSSOMED.
NOW HUNDREDS OF MONKEYS ARE PLACED FOR FREE IN QUALIFIED HOMES
ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY.
JUDI ZAZULA IS DIRECTOR OF THE PROJECT.
(( SUPER: JUDI ZAZULA//HELPING HANDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ))
"These monkeys have never lived outside of the US. They are bred
specifically for this purpose."
THEIR LIFE BEGINS IN A FOSTER HOME - A HOME WILLING TO LIVE WITH
A YOUNG MONKEY IN ORDER TO GET THEM USED TO LIVING WITH HUMANS.
WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR TRAINING, THE MONKEYS PICK IT UP LIKE
THEY KNOW EXACTELY WHAT THEIR NOBLE PURPOSE IS MEANT TO BE.
(( SUPER: JUDI ZAZULA//HELPING HANDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR )) "They're
incredibly dexterous. They love to play with things and manipulate
objects and that's the very skill that people need help with."
THEY MAY BE THE WILD'S LITTLE HELPERS, BUT THEY FILL AN
EMOTIONAL NEED TOO.
FOR THE HOMES THEY'RE PUT IN_LOVE AND ATTENTION IS SOMETIMES
KRISTI AT LEAST, BROUGHT THAT BEFORE EVER LIFTING A FINGER.
(( NAT COWAN QUESTION ))
"Can you remember what is was like without her?"
(( THOMPSON SOT ))
"Empty. Incredibly empty and quiet, painfully quiet."
(( COVER WITH KRISTI TURNING ON LIGHT ))
"I've often described it as going from a black and white photo to color.
Everything's clearer....The world is brighter, the whole picture is."
A TRUE BRIGHT SPOT IN A THE LIVES OF A LIFE LONG PAIR WHO
WITHOUT A TRAGEDY NEVER WOULD HAVE MET. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS,
WILLMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA.
Virginia Tech's head coach is in the news.
Here's Mike Stevens to tell us why.[S5-Beamer]
The Friday ticker begins with what could be a big thud for Virginia Tech fans.
The Hokies have a huge Big East showdown with Rutgers set for tomorrow afternoon at one, but right now
Tech's biggest opponent just might be the Clemson Tigers.
News 7 sports has learned that Clemson has asked for
and received permission to talk with Frank Beamer about becoming the school's new head football coach.
Beamer will not talk to Clemson until after the UVa game on the 28th, but there is reason to believe that this is a serious situation.
The President of Clemson is Constantine Deno Curris.
He used to be the president of Murray State where among other things he was responsible for naming Beamer the Racers head coach. He is taking an active role in this hiring, as well.
Again, Tech has given Clemson permission to talk to Beamer, but not until after the UVa game.
It's Regional championship night on Friday Football Extra.
Here's the lineup of games with the home team on the bottom.
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And don't forget about the big weekend of football coming up this weekend on Your Hometown Station.
Tennessee takes on Kentucky Saturday at 3 from Knoxville.
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And on Sunday an NFL doubleheader is coming your way as the Steeers battle the Jaguars, and then right after that Oakland takes on Denver in the AFC West.
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And if football isn't your thing tonight, how about some basketball.
Cave Sspring is hosting its annual Midnight madness celebration at the school beginning at 9:30.
Two bucks and a can of food gets you in the door.
the proceeds go to charity, and you get free pizza for coming.
Have a great weekend everybody.
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One of our national symbols has found a new home in Bath County.
A bald eagle, injured in the wild, was set free at Lake Moomaw by the people who nursed it back to health.
The bird was rehabilitated by the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
Most of the bald eagles in Virginia live in the eastern part of the state.
But there's a growing population at the lake... which welcomed a new member today.