A new poll of “Millennials”–those in the 18 to 35 age group shows a preference for Democrat Mark Warner in next month’s Senate election. Quentin Kidd does the polling for Christopher Newport University. He says 47 percent of Virginians in the Millennial age group prefer Mark Warner. The Libertarian Robert Sarvis is second with 24 percent. Republican Ed Gillespie comes in third at 11 percent. Kidd says the challenge for Warner is getting those “Millennials” out to vote, when 59 percent of them say they’re not paying much attention to the campaign.
Busch Gardens is being sued by a woman who says she was trampled during the amusement park’s annual Howl-O-Scream event. Brittany Lipscomb says that other patrons struck her from behind and knocked her down as they were being chased by costumed Busch Gardens employees carrying fake chain saw. She was pregnant at the time. Busch Gardens says it does comment on pending lawsuits.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is the first medical center in the state and the Carolinas to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure patients. The new technology, called CardioMEMS HF System, is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure.
Roanoke City launched a new app for citizens called iROANOKE. The app allows residents to report issues like a pothole or downed tree using their smartphone’s GPS and camera. Those who have the app can also see existing requests from other people in the community, send updates on issues, and receive phone and e-mail notifications on the status changes on their issues. You can download the free app through Google Play or the App Store.
Virginia Western and The Virginia Department of Health will host a free public seminar on the Ebola virus. Some of the speakers that will attend the seminar are from Carilion Clinic and the Near Southwest Preparedness Council. Speakers will talk about the biology of the virus, the details of transmission, treatments and more. The seminar is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, in the Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Community College.
The search for missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy will resume next month. Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks says they were searching an area in Orange County as recently as August but delayed the search until the fall because of thick vegetation. The 17-year-old was last seen August 3, 2013 at a Liberty gas station in Lovingston. A jury convicted Randy Taylor of murder in the commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile in Murphy’s disappearance. He’s currently serving a sentence of two life terms.