As the presidential election nears, most Americans polled say they have concerns over voter fraud. Virginia Tech professor Bob Denton says such questions have been raised before; he points to the 1960 and 2000 elections. But as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, Denton says the greater question is the degree of magnitude for any fraud that does exist.
Authorities say a man was shot with a blow dart near Radford University by someone who was driving by.Radford City police tell news outlets that the incident occurred Saturday night. The victim told police he was walking in the area when he was shot with a blow dart from a passing vehicle.Officials say the victim suffered a minor injury and was treated and released by EMS.Police say the vehicle is described as a passenger car that is silver or light in color.Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to call investigators at 540-731-3624.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Jurors are heading back to court for the second week of the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its 2014 story about a rape at the University of Virginia.University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.8 million from the magazine over its portrayal of her in Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s article “A Rape on Campus.”The story told the harrowing account of a woman identified only as “Jackie,” who claimed she was brutally gang raped by seven men. A police investigation later found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.Jurors are expected this week to watch a video of “Jackie’s” deposition, which was taken in April. The trial, which began last Monday, is expected to last 12 days.
The Virginia Department of Elections says more than 27,000 people registered to vote during a brief extension of the state’s voter-registration deadline.A federal judge granted the deadline’s extension Thursday after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online. U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton had ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth and keep it open until 11:59 p.m. Friday.Election officials said in a statement Saturday that as of the 11:59 p.m. deadline for online registration, 27,952 voter registration applications had been submitted since the court order. Officials said the final number of applications submitted during the window will be higher when in-person and mailed voter registration applications are processed in the coming days.Mailed voter registration applications had to be postmarked on or before Friday.
Long-time Floyd County football coach Winfred Beale is a finalist in a national competition for most valuable coach. Beale was one of 50 coaches U.S. Cellular chose for the first round, and he and is now one of 15 finalists. The two coaches receiving the most on-line votes will be honored live on ESPN during the Under Armour All-America Game. Click here for a link to The U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach website.