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It started out... a simple brush fire. Before it was over, flames threatened homes on Porter's Mountain in Bedford County.
We've got a LIVE report for you on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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Along with LIVE reports on the U-V-a baby switch... and hypodermic needles sticking out of pay-phone slots.

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In sports, Tech's men's basketball team chases a fourth straight win, NASCAR president Bill France steps down in his role as the racing circuit, Mike stevens will join us from the beach.
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and the Hokies try and win their fourth straight tonight against Rhode Island.
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Record warmth today, temperatures down a few notches tomorrow and the weekend looks to be colder by more than 30 degrees. [open]
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Firefighters in are still trying to control a brush fire, threatening homes east of Roanoke tonight.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Brush-Fire]


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The fire started a few hours ago, and it is still burning. [Take Pinnacle Map] It's located along Porter Hill road, on the Bedford-Botetourt County line. And that's where Eric Earnhartr joins us.

[Take Eric full] Eric, are firefighters close to gaining to control.
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[Double Boxes=Keith & Eric/Microwave][Switched-Babies]



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It's been a rough 24 hours for the University of Virginia Medical Center... not only has a Health Department investigation put the Center on federal probation... the report may also serve as fodder for a lawsuit over a 1995 baby switch at U-V-A.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Steve/Microwave]


Steve Smallshaw was in Charlottesville today, he's back in our Lynchburg newsroom now.
Steve, how do the families involved in that switch figure this will help their case?
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Basically Keith, it backs up what they've been saying all along.. that U-V-A nurses were careless about how identification bands were placed on babies in the maternity ward.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: CARELESS.. CARELESS. THEY DIDN'T PAY ATTENTION TO THESE BANDS AND THEY LOST THOSE BABIES.))
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The report by the state Health Department supports that.
A review team cited more than THREE DOZEN deficiencies in procedures at U-V-A, including careless and sloppy banding procedures in the maternity ward.
U-V-A has two months to fix the problems or risk losing its federal Medicare money.. Chief of Staff Thomas Massero says that work is already under way.
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((DR. THOMAS MASSERO/UVA CHIEF OF STAFF: WE KNOW THE QUALITY OF WHICH WE'RE CAPABLE AND TO HAVE THIS BLEMISH OUT THERE HAS BEEN DISRUPTING TO ALL OF US.))
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But it's more than just a blemish to the families involved.
Paula Johnson and her attorney have rejected a two million dollar out of court settlement from the state.. Cynthia Johnson says all this might have been avoided if U-V-A had owned up to the problem right from the beginning.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON: THEY WERE MORE CONCERNED AT THE TIME WITH THEIR IMAGE THAN THEY WERE ABOUT WHAT THEY DID TO THESE LITTLE GIRLS AND I'M SORRY THEY ACTED THAT WAY AND I'M SORRY THAT I HAVE TO SUE THEM BUT THEY DON'T REALLY GIVE ME ANY CHOICE.))
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Cynthia Johnson wouldn't say how much she thinks the girls deserve, but she DENIED a published report that she's seeking 25 million dollars.
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Lawyers for the other two families involved.. the Rogers and the Chittums.. say they're still considering the state's offer.

Of course, any settlement would still have to be approved by the courts. Keith?[Pulaski-Needles]


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It's a problem that has now spread outside the town of Pulaski into nearby Wythe County.
Yesterday, two people were pricked by needles in the coin return of a pay phone.
This moring-- two similar incidents were reported in Speedwell.
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Teresa Hamilton is in our Blacksburg newsroom with the details.
Teresa, where exactly were these latest needles found?
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Keith, investigators say two needles were placed inside a mail slot at the post office in Speedwell.
Another needle was also dropped inside the night deposit box at the First Virginia Bank--also in Speedwell.
No one was injured in either incident, unlike the two victims in Pulaski.
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[HERB COOLEY/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF: THIS WAS A SHOCK TO ME AND I UNDERSTAND IT IS HAPPENING IN OTHER AREAS BUT THIS IS THE FIRST WE'VE HAD AND I HOPE THE LAST.]
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Pulaski Police Chief Herb Cooley clearly doesn't want anyone else to have to go through what the man and woman injured yesterday are now dealing with.
At this point, no one knows if the needles the pair were punctured by were contaminated.
The woman was pricked when she stuck her finger inside the coin return of a pay phone at the Pulaski Walmart.
Police say the man was injured in the same manner---


The only difference is that the pay phone he was a using was at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
Both were treated at Pulaski Community hospital.
Right now, Pulaski police still don't know who's responsible.
In the meantime, Chief Cooley says he hopes parents talk to their children.
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, PEOPLE JUST GO BY TELEPHONES AND JUST STICK THEIR FINGERS IN THERE TO SEE IF THERE'S A QUARTER IN THERE AND THAT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT A GOOD THING TO BE DOING RIGHT NOW.]
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The needles discovered in Wythe County have been sent to a lab for analysis...but the needles involved in the Pulaski incident have NOT been sent for testing because the officer investigating did NOT hang onto them. However, Chief Cooley is hoping to get them back.
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(teresa, what kind of charges are we talking about if the person or persons responsible are caught?)





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Another deadly accident along route 220 in Franklin County today.
Police say a 31-year-old man was walking from the Franklin Manor Restaurant to Dudley's Truck Stop around 6 A.M., when he was hit by a truck and died.
They are not releasing the victim's name until they notify his family.

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A nightmarish series of accidents on Interstate 81 has prompted a crackdown.
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Governor Jim Gilmore has directed 50 new state troopers to patrol 81, with support from the air.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE AIRCRAFT HAS A STEALTH EFFECT. NOT MANY PEOPLE RIDE DOWN THE ROAD LOOKING UP IN THE AIR. AND AS A RESULT, THE AIRCRAFT CAN SEE FLAGRANT TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS OCCURRING, RADIO GROUND UNITS, POSITIN THEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY CAN CATCH THOSE PEOPLE IN THE ACT OF FLAGRANT SPEEDS, CHANGING LANES, FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY, SO ON AN SO FORTH.))
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Also part of the Governor's directive: aggressive driver education efforts and more safety signage.
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Business is picking up for a major employer in the Valley. Still ahead, plans to get everyone back to work at full strength.
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And if you didn't know Tinky-Winky before, you may now. Jerry Falwell says the Teletubby sends the wrong message to children.
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The Reverend Jerry Falwell is making national news once again. This time, he's taking on Tinky-Winky, one of the Teletubbies.
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They're the characters on the children's T-V show. In the February edition of Falwell's National Liberty Journal, there's a warning to parents that "Tinky Winky" is gay. In case you're not familiar with the character, "Tinky Winky" is the rotund, purple, magic-bag-toting Teletubby with a triangular antenna. The article states purple is a gay-pride color, and the triangle is a gay-pride symbol. Falwell calls these "subtle depictions," but he believes they're intentional. But the company that holds the Teletubbies license calls the charges outlandish and absurd.
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Demand for an award-winning product is helping General Electric workers stay busy.
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G-E's plant in Salem is going back to a full work week on Monday.
Hourly employees were scheduled to work just four days a week during February.
But normally slow first-quarter sales have picked up, and one hot seller is a new high-tech drive system.
It was designed by engineers in Salem, who won an internal company award for their team effort.
G-E said its goal is to stabilize the factory's workload, so there's enough work to keep everyone busy at all times of the year.
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The Dow and NASDAQ went in different directions today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow Jones average rose 44 points to 91-77. NASDAQ was off a point.
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A Covington man and three other defendants in a 1976 murder case will have to wait one more day to see if they'll face a jury.
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Carroll Eugene Humphries is charged with conspiracy to committ murder in the bombing death of Billy Ray Abshire.
Today defense attorneys argued that prosecutors waited too long to charge all four of the defendants with the crime.
They've asked Judge James Holiday to dismiss the cases.
But prosecutors claimed they were only now able to press charges thanks to new evidence.
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Judge Holiday is expected to rule on the motion tomorrow.


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Will the lure of golf bring more visitors to the Roanoke Valley? Local tourism officials are hoping a new program will do the trick.
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A new "Golf Package Program" will include a choice of hotel accommodations and 18-hole greens and cart fees at a lower rate than if they were purchased separately. The effort will allow the region to target a new niche market.
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((DEBORAH WRIGHT/MARKETING DIRECTOR; A LOT OF TIMES GOLFERS WANT TO TAKE A WEEK TO GOLF....GOLF PACKAGES AS WELL.))
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People would also be able to pre-confirm tee times, car rentals and flight arrangements through the package. Ten local hotels and six golf courses in Roanoke and surrounding localities are part of the effort.
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The Express will defend it's first place position in the Northeast Division tonightt against Dayton, NASCAR's president takes a step down,
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and Mike Stevens will join us from the beach with the latest from Daytona
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All the practicing and preparing is quickly coming to a close. Tomorrow the Winston Cup cars will be back on the track under race conditions.
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lets take it to the beach and check in on Mike Stevens and the News 7 race team, Mike.
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NASCAR president Bill France has turned over control of the racing circuit's daily operations to Mike Helton. The 45 year old Helton began working for the France family in 1986. The 66 year old France will remain NASCAR's president and says he is not leaving NASCAR, just taking a diminished role.

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After the loss to Virginia, Virginia Tech basketball coach Bobby Hussey said, his team best get it done in February. Well, the Hokies have responded to their coaches call so far.
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Tech is a perfect 2 and OH this month and has won a season high three straight. The Hokies come into tonight's 7 o'clock Atlantic 10 tilt against Rhode Island with a 9 and 11 overall record and a 4 and 6 mark in the conference. The Hokies are lead by conference player of the week Eddie Lucas who averaged 20 points in wins over LaSalle, Duquesne and George Washington.
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((EDDIE LUCAS/16.3 PTS. PER GAME AVERAGE:WE'RE TRYING TO INCREASE OUR RECORD EVERY GAME AND WE'RE TRYING TO IMPROVE AS A BASKETBALL TEAM AND WE HAVE TO DO THAT ONE STEP AT A TIME.))
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The Express comes into tonight's road game against Dayton in first place in the Northeast division , leading Hampton Roads by five points.
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((SCOTT GORDON/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:IT'S A GOOD FEELING TO KNOW YOU ARE IN FIRST PLACE. THEY'VE WORKED HARD TO GET THERE, IT'S BEEN FOUR MONTHS WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET IN FIRST PLACE AND WE'RE IN FIRST PLACE NOW BUT THE OTHER THING IS, THE OTHER TEAMS WILL BE GUNNING FOR YOU. THEY KNOW THEY ARE PLAYING A FIRST PLACE TEAM, SO THEY MIGHT GET UP A LITTLE MORE FOR THE GAME. I DON'T EXPECT WE'LL HAVE ANY EASY GAMES DOWN THE STRETCH.))
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Last night, the Express topped Chesapeake 4-1 and now turns it's focus to Dayton.
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((THEY HAVE SOME VERY GOOD OFFENSIVE PLAYERS. THEY'VE PLAYED WELL DEFENSIVELY AS FAR AS SHOTS GIVEN UP, BUT THEY DO GIVE UP SOME QUALITY CHANCES AND IT'S A TEAM, THEY SEEM TO ALWAYS HAVE GET A LOT OF BREAK AWAYS AND THAT'S SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO BE CONSCIOUS OF))
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