CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Living in honor of Alison Parker: Following the fatal shooting of his girlfriend and colleague on live television, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst set out to accomplish a variety of tasks in honor of her. “It’s helped me kind of not have such an abrupt ending to her life,” he said.
"He had a gun": A mother seeks answers to her son's suicide, perhaps most importantly: can we prevent suicides by firearm?
"I can't do this again": A mother loses two sons to gun violence in Roanoke 18 years apart.
Helping women move on: Women fleeing violent households are calling a group of men -- including three college football players -- to help them.
Police chief: A violent few are giving Roanoke a bad image: After a year of historically low homicides, just four days into 2015, the city has already matched the number of homicides from 2014 after two gunmen opened fire at a party, killing two and injuring four others.
Related: Family celebrates life of slain man: Ronald Lee Ramey would have been 55. His family celebrated his life by doing what he loved to do.
Related: Community gathers to pray after shooting: Surrounded by dozens of people at a church in Salem, Phyllis English came to say a prayer for the six people shot in northwest Roanoke. She came to say a prayer for her murdered son.
Related: Teenage daughter of slain Roanoke man strives to succeed in his honor: Ronnae Ramey's year began with tragedy, and after some struggling, her future is beginning to look bright.
Building relationships in their court: In recent years, Roanoke police have increased their emphasis on developing relationships with youths.
Roanoke County police kill teen carrying broken BB gun: "In a way I feel like it's somewhat my fault that it happened. I'm the one that gave it to him."
Related: Releasing names of officers in shootings an issue that widely varies: Some agencies have policies and some don't, and the decision to release names has sometimes differed from case-to-case
Related: Roanoke County police won't face charges in shooting of teen: Police may never know why the teen acted the way he did that night.
Related: Roanoke County police to expand availability of beanbag guns: A beanbag gun was not quickly available night police fatally shot teen.
Year-end statistics include two unreported homicides: The department's police chief said he had no obligation to release information.
Homicide map: Comprehensive, interactive map detailing 10 years of homicides in the city of Roanoke.
It took prison to get clean: Robert Brown was addicted to drugs for three decades, until he landed in prison for the fourth time.
Shift from arresting to helping: Roanoke police signal a shift in strategy with Roanoke Valley Hope Initiative.
Law enforcement gradually embraces anti-overdose drug: After the removal of barriers, some agencies begin carrying naloxone.
Advocates push for broader training with naloxone: In Southwest Virginia, public health officials try to get anti-overdose drug in more hands.
Fallen Star rises in Roanoke: Star Jones was homeless, a prostitute, and addicted to heroin when she landed in prison for peddling stolen firearms for drugs. On Jan. 28, 2010, everything changed for her.
20 years of drug court: A graduation ceremony for those completing drug court also an historic occasion for the program.
Workplace shooting kills 1, wounds 3: A man grazed by a bullet in the shooting describes seeing a former employee open fire.
Related: Spike in interest in active shooter training: Following two workplace shootings, spooked Roanoke businesses seek training.
Related: Rise of rescue task forces: Active shooter incidents encouraged development of new strategy for how EMS workers respond.
Initiative cracks down on domestic violence: Does telling a domestic violence offender to stop the abuse work? Roanoke police adopted an innovative approach that focuses on the offenders.
Mentoring helps children coping with an incarcerated parent: Kameron Copeland's mother has been in and out of jail for much of her childhood. The 9-year-old girl's mentor helps her get through those tough times.
History project strives to empower LGBT community: A bar crawl tours Roanoke's little known LGBT history.
Titus Station goes silent: Workers at a coal-fired plant in Pennsylvania were dealt the news the plant would close sooner than they anticipated. Meanwhile, a state representative worked to develop more oversight on plants seeking closures so workers and communities are blindsided.
Roll of the dice: Pennsylvania has sucked away Atlantic City's gaming revenues since it first opened casinos in 2006, but will it last?.
Reading's burgeoning Latino business community: As the Latino population and the number businesses owned by that demographic soars, Reading, Pa., home to a large fraction of that population, keeps up by providing resources in the effort to help them be successful.