What's News Today: June 22, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - A Bassett man, charged in the murder of another man, missing since 2010, enters his plea in court today. Lavest Whisenton is charged with second degree murder in the death of Cory Thomas. Thomas was reported missing in October of 2010. At the time he disappeared, Thomas was wanted in the homicide of Jason Miller. Investigators believe drugs and the murder of Miller were the motive in Thomas' death.

The man who authorities say shot at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, injuring four people before being shot by a deputy, returns to court today. Malik Cobbs is charged with shooting into an occupied building in April. He was appointed an attorney by the court in May. He was treated with non-life-threatening injuries at Duke University Hospital.

The Virginia Harley Owners Group Rally kicks off today in Lynchburg. More than 2,000 people are expected to take part in several events, as wellas visit local museums. Lynchburg last hosted the H.O.G.s ten years ago.

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce holds a luncheon for members today at Calfee Park. The annual luncheon allows members to talk to the players and coaches before the start of the season. The Pulaski Yankees home opener is Thursday.

Amherst County leaders will present the draft version of their economic development strategic plan tonight. There will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a question and feedback session. Tonight meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Amherst County High School.

Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton will be in Lexington today. He will help open the new Ollie's Bargain Outlet. The ribbon cutting is at 9 a.m. At the store on East Midland Trail.

Work will begin today on Indian Hill Road in Lynchburg. Crews will mill and pave the street between Hurdle Hill Road and Mimosa Drive. Traffic will be down to one lane. Work is expected to wrap up by July 8.

Senior citizens in Roanoke will learn how to avoid scams today. A representative from the Attorney General's office will talk about avoiding consumer fraud and financial exploitation. It starts at 1 p.m. at the Raleigh Court Library.