What's News Today: Tuesday, January 19


ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The Roanoke County School Board meets with the Board of Supervisors. On the agenda are enrollment projections, infrastructure study of certain schools and the ten year school capital improvement plan.. Including Cave Spring High School.

Lynchburg City Council meet this afternoon for a budget retreat. The budget retreat will include a budget overview, preliminary revenue highlights, and other budget drivers including compensation, health insurance, potential actions by the General Assembly, GLTC, Tourism, and Lynchburg City Schools.

The man accused of shooting at officers inside a retirement community will be back in court today in Roanoke County. Dennis Wright new trial date is expected to be decided today. Wright is accused of entering the Friendship Retirement Community with a gun and shooting at police.

Opponents of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline will travel to Richmond to lobby state legislators to vote for House and Senate bills which repeal a section of the Virginia Code that allows surveyors the right to enter private property without the land owner's permission to conduct surveys for natural gas pipelines.

The bills are sponsored by Senator John Edwards and Delegate Joseph Yost from our area. A demonstration will be held at 12:00 p.m. at the Bell Tower on Capitol Grounds.

More Virginia sterilization victims could be compensated from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. A panel meets today to review applications after issuing eight checks previously. Last year, the General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate each victim with $25,000.  More than 7,000 Virginians were sterilized between 1924 and 1979.

Danville City Council has a lot on its agenda for tonight's meeting.  The school superintendent is scheduled to provide a "State of the School District" report.  City Council will talk about the creation of an electrical distribution rate that would provide large industries with a rate comparable to Virginia utilities such as Appalachian Power. They meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building, which is located at 427 Patton St.

We'll get a look inside the new Carilion Clinic Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences building. It's the old Ukrops building on Franklin Road... That's been under construction for nearly two years. The center will bring together complementary medical specialties like orthopaedics, neurosurgery, pain management, and rehab.  The vision is that it will foster deep collaboration and improve patient care. It opens January 25.

The Junior League of Roanoke Valley announces how much money they raised from the 27th Annual Stocked Market tonight. The Stocked Market attracted more than 8,000 people in November and featured more than 130 vendors from across the country. Money raised from the Stocked Market will be used to further the JLRV mission and improve the Roanoke Valley through grants and training of volunteers. The Stocked Market has raised more than $3.3 million over the past 26 years.

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