Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers will return to the department for work for the final time today. It's his last day before retirement officially begins. Rogers has been with the department for 30 years.
As WSLS reported earlier this month, Captain G. Edward Cassady has been named the new Interim Police Chief of the City. Cassady has been a member of the Martinsville Police Department since October 1985. Along with his appointment, the city will also be reviewing the police and sheriff's departments to determine if there are areas where operations can be consolidated.
The review is expected to take six to eight weeks.
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.
The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.