RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia residents are running out of time to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. Tuesday is the voter registration deadline. The Virginia Department of Elections says eligible Virginians can register to vote online here. The online system also can be used to check registration status and update voter information. The online system requires a resident’s Virginia Department of Vehicles information for authentication. Voters who don’t have a DMV identification can use the system to provide their information and print a completed registration form, which can be sent to their local voter registration office. Residents also can register to vote in-person at their local voter registration office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Officials say deaths in Virginia from heroin and opioid use outnumbered highway fatalities for the first time last year. Multiple media outlets report that in 2014, 728 Virginians died from drug overdoses. That same year, there were 700 highway fatalities. Highway deaths have been dropping as drug deaths increase. The highway death toll in 2013 was 741 compared with 661 from drugs. In 2009, there were 750 traffic fatalities compared with 504 deaths from heroin and opioids. The increase in drug-related deaths comes despite heightened efforts to attack heroin use in the state, a focus that was announced a year ago by Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring. Herring said last week that he hopes the new statistics help officials realize how urgently solutions are needed to solve the heroin epidemic.
Roanoke City police are investigating a robbery that took place late last night at a Shell station on Hershberger Road … an employee said the suspect pointed a gun and demanded money … no shots were fired … anyone with information is urged to call the Crimeline at 344-8500 or text to the word CRIMES