What's News Today: Monday, August 17
ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Part of Route 601 in Halifax County will be closed Monday and Tuesday so crews can make repairs to the shoulder. The road will be shut off to traffic from Route 737 to Route 730. The closures will last from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Detours will be in place.
Lawmakers will return to Richmond Monday for a special session to redraw the voting districts for the U.S. House of Representatives. The session is being held after a federal court said the boundaries are unconstitutional because they pack too many black voters into the third congressional district in order to make neighboring districts safer for Republican incumbents. The court set a deadline of September 1st for the General Assembly to redraw the boundaries.
Attorney General Mark Herring and several other groups announce the launch of a Virginia specific initiative for financial caregivers. The attorney general and the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will lay out the plan. Afterwards, information will be presented on senior citizen finance and scam prevention.
Roanoke holds a public meeting Monday night about the Downtown Roanoke Intermodal Transportation Study. City staff and the architect will be there to present the study results, answer questions and hear your feedback. This is ahead of Amtrak passenger rail service being extended from Lynchburg into the Star City in early 2017 as well as Valley Metro's need for a new space as it transitions to new buses that are eight and half feet wide. The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Campbell Court.
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