What's News Today: April 18, 2016
(WSLS 10) - More than 3,200 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year. In an effort to get more people screened, The Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia and Carilion will hold a round table today on its importance. The goal is to get 80 percent of people over the age of 50 screened by the year 2018. More than 580 thousand more Virginians will be need to be screened in the next three year to reach that goal.
Pulaski County and the Town of Pulaski Democrats will meet tonight. Candidates for the 9th district will be introduces. Plus, delegates representing Pulaski at the 9th district convention will be selected.
City of Danville crews will re-install a historic marker today. The Frederick Delius marker was removed earlier this month for repairs. The marker on North Main Street commemorates the time that the composer lived and taught music in the River City.
The town of Christiansburg and Virginia State Police are working together to crack down on vehicle theft. This afternoon from three to seven at the Christiansburg Fire Department, the town is hosting a free vehicle identification number etching. Experts will put VINs on any car window free of charge. Police say vehicle theft has been a major issue in Virginia over the last several years. Having visible VINs acts a deterent for thieves.
Earth Week is underway at Virginia Tech. It's the universities effort to build a sustainable community through education, action and appreciation for the planet. The week kicks off today with a community meal and art auction. Other events this week include a tree planting, movies and lectures.
A ribbon cutting takes place today showing off improvements at Huff Lane Park in Roanoke. Improvements include a new picnic shelter and playground equipment. Vice Mayor David Trinkle and Greater Grandview Neighborhood Watch Association president Bert Boyd will speak at today's ribbon cutting.
A road closure in Danville could affect your morning commute. Craghead Street will be closed between Wilson and Newton Streets. The road will close this morning at eight and is expected to re-open by noon.
Court Street in Lynchburg will close starting today between 12th and 13 Streets. Crews will work on sewer lines. Detours will be in place. The work is expected to take about two weeks.
Governor Terry McAuliffe will travel to Galax today for an economic development announcement. He will make the announcement today at 1 p.m. at The Crossroads Institute.
VDOT holds a public meeting tonight in Lynchburg to talk about future road improvements. Comments received will be used by the Commonwealth Transportation Board as it develops its six year improvement plan. Nearly 300 projects were proposed by cities and counties across the state for consideration.
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