What's News Today: June 27, 2016
(WSLS 10) - The Montgomery County man whose daughter was killed when his car was hit by a train will be sentenced today. Austin Lilly entered an Alford plea in March to one count of involuntary manslaughter. His three year old daughter died from severe head and body trauma. His blood test showed that he had THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, at .0059 in his blood. The maximum sentence for this charge is 10 years in prison.
The City of Roanoke holds an investiture ceremony for its newly elected leaders. Sherman Lea will take over as mayor with Anita Price as Vice-Mayor. Michelle Dykstra and John Garland were elected as members of council. The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre.
10th Street in Roanoke will be closed starting today from Fairfax Avenue to Orange Avenue. Crews will begin working on the first phase of the 10th Street Improvement Project. A detour will be in place. Work is expected to continue through January.
Today is National HIV Testing Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV with 45,000 new cases diagnosed each year. One in eight people don't know they have it. There are prevention tools available to those who test negative. For those who test positive, medications can keep them healthy for many years and reduce their chance of passing on the disease.
Lane closure could impact your drive tonight on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County. The left lane will be closed tonight northbound between mile markers 185 and 195 as crews test the pavement.
The U.S. Supreme Court could hand down its ruling today in the case of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell appealed his 11 corruption convictions. The Supreme Court will have to decide how far politicians can go doing (favors for people who give them money. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted in 2014 of trading political favors for gifts and loans. He was sentenced to two years in prison while she was sentenced to one year.
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