"Switched at birth." ...it sounds like a tabloid story.
It's not only a true story... now we suspect the parents of one of the children were killed in an accident before t
hey learned of the mix up.
The top of the newscast is ALL about that.
And your bug zapper may not keep them away, but a gang of local mosquitos could make you sick.
Tonight in sports, Fleming and Patrick Henry open high school football practice with a few no-shows.
We'll check in with both schools,
plus, Steve Mason joins us from the Panthers' training camp in Spartanburg with a look at the Cats new offense and new attitude.
Pretty clear sailing weatherwise. Temperatures and humidity stay just below normal for the next three days.
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Two little girls who may have been switched at birth at the U-V-A Medical Center will not be switched back.
But attornies for the family of three- year- old Rebecca Chittum are not convinced they have the wrong child.
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Eric Earnhart has been following the story and has details from today's press conference.
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Eric, whether the Rogers and Chittums have the other baby involved in this or not.. there are still a lot of unanswered questions about this story.. one of the biggest is HOW did this baby switch happen?
That's something Charlottesville authorities are still trying to figure out.
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(( U-V-A Medical Center officials say it could "not" have been an accident.. that when two baby girls were apparently switched shortly after being delivered in 1995, someone had to have done it deliberately.
University Police announced today they are calling in the Virginia State Police to help with the investigation.
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((CAPT. MIKE COLEMAN/UVA POLICE: THE SITUATION IS WE HAVE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE WAS ANY KIND OF INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED THAT WAS CRIMINAL IN NATURE, IF THERE WAS NOT IT STOPS AT THAT POINT. AND IF THERE WAS, WE WOULD HAVE TO DETERMINE IF THERE WAS A PARTICULAR PERSON INVOLVED AND IF THERE WAS ANY EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT.))
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No matter how it happened, it's still unclear whether the two girls will be swapped back.
Family law attorney David Heilberg says Paula Johnson.. who's been raising three- year- old Carrie and who is the biological mother of the OTHER baby.. would have the upper hand in any custody battle.
Heilberg also says even if the switch was caused by employee negligence, it may be difficult for the families to sue U-V-A.. which as a state- funded institution could be entitled to some form of sovereign immunity.
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((DAVE HEILBERG/FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY: YOU CAN'T SUE THE KING IS THE BASIS OF THAT DOCTRINE. SO THE UNIVERSITY WILL, IF THERE IS SOME PROOF OF LIABILITY, MIGHT BE ABLE TO HIDE BEHIND THAT SHIELD IN SUCH A LAWSUIT.))
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The twists and turns this story keeps taking have generated immense media interest.. not only in Charlottesville and Buena Vista but across the country.
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Keith, Dave Heilberg says he envisions a situation where any money made off book or t-v deals could be set up in trust funds for the children.
Meanwhile, a local psychologist says the experience may leave the two little girls without a sense of safety or belonging.
Dr. Dana Ackley often works with children, but he says there are NO experts on correcting a baby switch.
He does warn both families not to let their emotions lead them to a hasty, permanent decision.
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((DR. DANA ACKLEY/LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: WHAT I WOULD HOPE FOR THE FAMILIES IS THAT THEY WILL TAKE SOME TIME, GET ACQUAINTED WITH EACH OTHER, MAYBE SOMEBODY CAN HELP THEM TALK WITH EACH OTHER AND TAKE SOME TIME TO MAKE A REASONED DECISION, KNOWING THAT NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE PERFECT.))
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Doctor Ackley says in the end, it will be better for both children if their families are able to cooperate with each other, instead of battling it out in court.
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Still to come,
A local community speaks out against Habitat for Humanity as the organization builds low income homes in their backyard.
Virginia is making its presence known on the Big screen.
The end of summer is bringing major productions to the Commonwealth.
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A former teacher accused of having sex with a student today waived his right to a speedy trial.
Jarrod Hines taught and coached at Giles County high school but was indicted in neighboring Monroe County, West Virginia where he allegedly had sex with the 15-year old girl.
Monroe County's prosecutor says Hines appears willing to work out a plea agreement.
In the meantime-- investigators are preparing to take pictures of Hines' buttocks-- looking for a birthmark.[Halifax
No more messy ink fingerprinting of criminal suspects in Halifax County.
The sheriff's department has a new computer system called Live Scan that makes fingerprints.
It can also run state and federal background checks on a set of fingerprints.
Each Live Scan system costs about 75-thousand dollars.
This year, Halifax County and 10-other police agencies received state money for the computers.
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((D.J. OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: THE STATE COMPENSATION BOARD HAD SOME FUNDS AVAILABLE, AND THEY SELECTED COUNTIES AND JURISDICTIONS THAT HAD HIGH NUMBERS OF ARRESTS AND THAT'S SOMETHING NOT TO BE BRAGGED ABOUT BUT WE HAD SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF ARRESTS TO WARRANT HAVING THE SYSTEM.))
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Deputies in Halifax County have been training with the computerized fingerprinting for about a month and say it works great.
Eventually, Live Scan will be mandatory for all police agencies in Virginia.
Residents of the Westview Terrace Section near Peters Creek Road have asked Roanoke officials to block a Habitat for Humanity project.
A Habitat "village" consisting of 35 homes is going up next to the Woodbridge area.
Residents are upset because they're afraid the project will decrease property values.
They're also complaining that Habitat didn't consult the neighborhood about the project.
The city says its hands are tied.
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((STEVE TALEVI/ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY; IF HABITAT SUPPLIES THE NECESSARY PLANS AND INFORMATION, THEN THE CITY OFFICIALS WITHIN THE CITY ADMINISTRATION HAS NO DISCRETION.))
((KERMIT PLUMMER/WOODBRIDGE RESIDENT; WE MAY NOT HAVE LEGAL GROUND TO STAND ON. BUT AFTER ALL WE ARE CITIZENS OF THIS COMMUNITY, TAX PAYING CITIZENS. AND IF SOMETHING IS GOING ON IN THE AREA, I THINK WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. NOT TELL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WE'RE GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.))
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The community says, by developing this project in a middle class neighborhood, and using taxpayer money to do it, Habitat is acting beyond its authority.
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A fat check is giving a northwest Roanoke community new life.
350-thousand dollars will fund the construction of four new homes and the renovation of older ones.
The United Way, the 19th Melrose Corporation and Roanoke city are funding the revitalization of the Loudon/Melrose neighborhood.
Neighborhood officials say residents are happy about the changes.
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((ALVIN NASH/BLUE RIDGE HOUSING CORPORATION: PEOPLE ARE SIMPLY EXCITED. WHEN YOU CAN SEE PROGRESS BEING MADE AND YOU CAN SEE PROJECTS BEING COMPLETED, ONE THING LEADS TO THE NEXT AND THIS COMMUNITY IS READY FOR CHANGE, ESPECIALLY FOR IMPROVEMENT.))
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The Blue Ridge Housing Corporation and the Loudon/Melrose Neighborhood Organization are teaming up for the project.
Construction should start next month.
Former Virginia health commissioner Randy Gordon has a new job.
Gordon is taking a job with the Bon Secours Health System, as a senior vice president.
He'll be in charge of health system development and professional services.
Gordon lost his state job last month, when Governor Gilmore decided he wanted to put someone new in the position.
Gordon had been health commissioner for almost three years under Governor Allen.
The stock market kept on falling today.
The Dow lost 97 points to close at 87-hundred 87.
NASDAQ was DOWN 21 points.
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Virginia Tech entomologists are catching blood sucking insects to study how they're making some people sick in Southwest Virginia.
A local breed of mosquitos is infecting patients with treatable viruses that cause headaches and a stiff neck.
Studies show bug zappers are not effective in repelling the pests.
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Doctor Paulson says the best way to repel the insects is to eliminate their breeding grounds.
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Doctor Paulson says mosquitos are also attracted to floral fragrances and dark colored clothing.
The end of summer is the beginning of a big season for the film business in Virginia.
Two motion pictures, six TV series and a mini-series will be in production by the end of September.
Most of the TV shows and the mini-series are in the hands of Tim Reid's New Millenium studios in Petersburg, and New Dominion Pictures in Virginia Beach.
Reid's group is making a comedy called "Lincs" for the Showtime cable network.
Crews will be in the Richmond area for a DreamWorks film called "Forces of Nature" and the new U-P-N series, "Legacy."
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Steve Mason checks in from the the Panthers' training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
And high school football practice
opened today for all the teams in the Friday Football Extra area.
Although from the looks of things at a couple of schools a few players didn't get the message.
I'll explain when we come back.
The pools are still open for another month, and many people still haven't taken their vacations, but ready or not high school football practice has begun.
Although, a few kids are apparently still on break.
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Last year William Fleming made it all the way to the state championship game, but today the coaches found out that success doesn't always breed success.
Only 40 players showed up for this morning's workout
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Those who play will practice by the Miller rule of humidity. If it's not too hot for the coach, it's not too hot for the players.
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The turnout problems were almost twice as bad at cross town rival Patrick Henry today.
Second year head coach Jeff Johnson opened two-a-day drills with only 15 players in uniform.
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Johnson says it's too early tell if his jayvee or freshman programs will be affected by the low numbers, but he believes the problem is widespread.
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The Carolina Panthers began their second full week of training camp today in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Our own Steve Mason is hanging out with a team that is anxious to get back to postseason in '98.
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Interstate-73 is a proposed national highway that promises to bring economic wealth through Southwest and Southside Virginia.
But some Botetourt and Bedford residents don't want it in their backyard.
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Jean Jadhon is in the Newsroom with more.
Keith, a new group called Committee to save Botetourt and Bedford Counties is protesting the proposed route.
V-DOT is studying alternative routes for the corridor. The group is not opposed to the highway itself, but questions why officials insist on driving through their counties.
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We'll have that story, plus the latest news sports and weather tonight on News 7 at 11.
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