What's News Today: Wednesday, July 29

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(WSLS 10) - We will learn Roanoke's plans for Single Stream Recycling Wednesday as well as other solid waste improvements. If you live in the city, you'll soon receive a blue bin that you place everything in. It is expected to be picked up every other week. The new program is expected to save the city more than a quarter of a million dollars the first year.

The Salem Civic Center will be packed with dogs all competing for Best in Show as the Mountain Valley Cluster Dog show kicks off on Wednesday. It's five dog shows running through Sunday with dogs from the James River, Roanoke and New River Valley Kennel Clubs competing for the top spot. There are also a number of clinics and special events with vendors also set up offering merchandise for your dog.

The Federal Open Market committee issues its outlook on the economy Wednesday and guidance on interest rates. Analysts expect rates to remain unchanged for now but look for those to start going up later this year. Interest rates have remained near zero since the global financial crisis.

High school and community college biotechnology teachers will travel to Virginia Tech for a conference starting on Wednesday. The three day conference includes presentations on next generation sequencing and DNA based experiments. The conference is hosted by the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Fralin Life Science Institute.

The Roanoke Rescue Mission unveils Mission Code 7 on Wednesday. It's a program that lets police officers enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee at the mission while getting a chance to interact with those staying there. It's in an effort to build community and trust between the police department and the city. Code 7 is police speak for a meal break. Police Chief Chris Perkins will also be given the Mission Angel Award, the highest award given by the Rescue Mission.