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Report: Toyota recalls 7.4 million vehicles for fire risk

Toyota Motors announced a global recall Wednesday of 7.43 million cars due to a power window problem that poses a fire risk, KTLA reports. 

The automaker said that the driver’s side power window switch on some models may feel “notchy” or sticky during operation.

According to the report, the problem is caused by an uneven application of grease during the switch assembly process, and if commonly available lubricants are applied, a fire could result under some circumstances.

$370 million expected to be spent on pet Halloween costumes

As Halloween approaches, many people are buying their costumes.

But this year, Halloween is going to the dogs.

Americans will spend $370 million on costumes for their pets. That’s up 19-percent from last year. 

According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, pumpkins will be the most popular pet costumes. 

“Devil” will be the second-most popular pet costume. Also among the most popular costumes are dogs dressed up as cats and – cats dressed up as dogs.

Paul Ryan and Kid Rock talk politics

Musician Kid Rock Introduces Paul Ryan

By Shawna Shepherd

CNN White House Producer

Rochester, Michigan (CNN) — Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan focused on the sluggish economy at a rally that included a rock star introduction by Kid Rock, despite last week’s slight improvement of the nation’s jobless rate.

In Michigan Monday evening, Ryan pivoted from Friday’s government report, which showed unemployment had dipped to its lowest rate in years to 7.8%, to sluggish job growth.

Police: Person robbed during Craigslist sale in Chesapeake

According to Chesapeake police, units responded to the 1400 block of Oliver Avenue in reference to someone trying to sell an item on Craigslist and the victim was robbed at around 7:45 p.m. on Monday.

Police say no one was injured.

Police have not released a suspect description at this time. 

Two arrested in meth lab bust in Currituck County

Two people are facing charges in Currituck County after deputies got a tip about an active meth lab in a house on Tulls Creek Road Friday.

When narcotics investigators got to the home, they found the hazardous chemicals used to make meth.

Two people were arrested, including 48-year-old Joanne Etheridge and 24-year-old Buddy Ray Wenner.

Both Wenner and Etheridge are charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Neighbor Michael Estep says Etheridge owned the house on Tulls Creek Road, but lived with her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Change in water treatment may affect how drinking water tastes

In a few days, some area cities will be making a temporary switch in the way they disinfect the water supply.

The change will affect people in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Right now, the cities use chloramine as a disinfectant, but for the next few weeks, they’ll be using chlorine instead.  The change will last from Oct. 11 – 31.

According to Thomas Leahy, Virginia Beach’s director of public utilities, it is a preventative measure done about every four years to keep bacteria from becoming resistant to chloramine.

Some people may notice a slight difference in taste when the change is made.

“Chlorine has a tendency to produce some slight taste and odors that are a little more noticeable than chloramine,” said Leahy.

Leahy says the majority of people won’t notice a difference, though.

Man ejected from vehicle, dies in Chesapeake

Police have identified the driver who lost control of his vehicle and was killed early Monday morning.

It happened Monday morning, shortly after 5:30 a.m. Police say 53-year-old Wesley L. Taylor, of the 2000 block of Shillelagh Road, was driving northbound on Shillelagh Road, when his vehicle went off the roadway. He was transported to Norfolk General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates as they are available.