A newly released poll shows strong support in Virginia for the Washington Redskins keeping that name. The poll conducted by the Wason Center at Christopher Newport University found 71 percent favor keeping the name, and 68 percent do not believe the name is racially offensive. More on the story from WFIR’s Jim Kent:
UPDATE: ‘Person of interest’ sought in missing UVA student case; State seeking volunteers for search
Updated Fri., Sept. 19 at 2:02 a.m.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ State emergency management officials are seeking volunteers for what they call a mass search Saturday for a missing University of Virginia student. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is organizing search volunteers in hopes of finding leads in the disappearance of Hannah Graham. She’s been missing since last weekend. All volunteer searchers are subject to a background check and must register online at http://helpfindhannah.brmrg.org no later than 5 p.m. Friday. Prospective volunteers can also register Friday by 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Only registered volunteers can participate in the search. Volunteers must also be at least 18 years old, carry no weapons and provide a copy of the registration form and a driver’s license.
Thurs., Sept. 18 at 4:53 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police have released a description of a “person of interest” in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student. The description released Thursday is of a man a witness said put his arm around Hannah E. Graham early Saturday in the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. She was last seen that night. The man is described as black, 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, and 250-285 pounds with a close-shaved head and goatee. He also had a “beer belly” and was dressed in black jeans and a white T-shirt. Graham has been the focus of an intense search in the college town since Sunday. A reward with contributions from several sources totals $50,000 for information revealing what led to Graham’s disappearance. Police asked the public to call the tip line at (434) 295-3851.