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What’s News Today: Absentee voting begins, gaming anniversary

Here’s a look at some of the stories we’ll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

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Happening Friday:

Today is the last day to give your thoughts on honoring African Americans in Lynchburg. The city has a survey, asking about renaming Fifth Street and other ways of commemorating the contributions of African Americans.

In-person absentee voting begins today for the June 8 primary elections. There are primaries for General Assembly races, as well as for Democratic candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. The Republicans will hold a convention to nominate candidates for the three statewide offices. You can request an absentee ballot be mailed to you through May 28. The deadline to register for this election is May 17.

Rosie’s Gaming Emporium will celebrate its two-year anniversary today. There will be prizes and rewards given at all five locations throughout the Commonwealth, including the Vinton location. Over the last two years, Rosie’s has paid out more than $150 million in jackpots, hiring more than 1,000 people.

The Lynchburg Fire Department will dedicate a new fire engine today. The new engine will replace one from 2002. A “wet down” ceremony will be held this morning at 10 a.m. at Station 5.

Today is National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day. One in three pets goes missing in their lifetime with 80 percent of them never reunited with their owners. To help increase the reunion rate, Angels of Assisi will hold a Microchip clinic tomorrow. From 9 a.m. to noon, you can get your pet microchipped for $5 at the Towne Square Petco in Roanoke.

Happening this weekend:

Saturday is Drug Takeback Day. It’s a chance for you to safely dispose of unneeded or expired medications, so they can’t be misused, abused or accidentally taken. There are events happening throughout the region.

The Better Business Bureau will hold a ‘Secure Your ID Day Shred Event.’ You can take up to three bags or boxes of documents and have them safely destroyed. It’s Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Salem Civic Center.

If you live in Martinsville and Henry County, you can get rid of hazardous waste on Saturday. You can take solvents, paint, fuel and automotive fluids to the Bassett Service Center between 9 a.m. and noon. to have them disposed of properly.

About the Author:

As part of WSLS 10 Today’s morning team, Patrick McKee brings a unique set of skills to the anchor desk.