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What's News Today: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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(WSLS 10) - In What's News Today - The Salem Red Sox unveils its new jersey for the 2015 season. The runway show is at LewisGale field at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. WSLS 10's Dawn Jefferies will be one of the models. This is ahead of the first game of the season which takes place on the road on April 9. 

Jesse Matthew returns to court in Albemarle County Wednesday. His attorneys have filed two motions. The first asks to hire a DNA expert since DNA evidence will be used in the case. The second is to ask for a delay in the three week trial which is currently scheduled to begin June 29.

Opening statements begin Wednesday in the trial against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He is accused planning and carrying out the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Three were killed and nearly 300 others injured in the explosion. If convicted, he could receive the death penalty.

The Environmental Protection Agency teams with Rocky Mount and Franklin County for a multi-hazard exercise. The drill takes place Wednesday at several locations including The Church Furniture Store, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital and the parking lot across the street. You will see a command post with fire trucks and police cars, as well as people in hazmat suits. The drill allows all of the agencies to work together to better prepare just in case an actual emergency happens.

The Bedford Area Family YMCA holds two ribbon cuttings on Wednesday. These were originally scheduled for last month, but were rescheduled because of snow. At 10 a.m. in Moneta, you'll see the new aerobics room and fitness center. In Bedford at 2 p.m., get a look at the new locker rooms.

Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt delivers a lecture at Washington and Lee University Wednesday night titled History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving. She was sued by Irving for libel and won after calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist. The lecture is free and takes place at 4:30 in the Stackhouse Theater.