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What's News Today: July 8, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The woman involved in a car crash last November, that killed a Franklin County elementary school teacher, is in court today for a motions hearing. Lesley Wildasin is charged with DUI. When searching her car, Virginia State Police found an empty box of wine and six pills. According to search warrants, Wildasin admitted to troopers that she drank two glasses of wine a few hours before the crash and had taken medication. Court documents also say that Wildasin told troopers she did not know she had been in an accident until her airbags deployed. The head-on collision killed Dona Minnick who was an elementary school teacher in Franklin County.

Incoming students at Virginia Tech will take part in Hokie Camp starting today, giving the students a jump start on their college experience. Hokie Camp is a three day orientation experience, giving students a chance to build community, and participate in community service projects.

The Flat Pickin' Fridays Country Music Concert Series returns to the Daleville Town Center tonight at five. The Natalie Brady Band will preform. Tickets are $5 with all proceeds benefitting the Council of Community Services.

Mill Mountain Theatre and the Hollins Playwright's Lab present Roanoke's Favorite Microbrewed Play Festival. Tonight, six playwrights will pull an all-nighter, writing a new, ten minute play. On Saturday, a cast of local actors and celebrities, including Daytime Blue Ridge host Natalie Faunce, will rehearse and present the plays.

Floyd County holds its rescheduled Independence Day festivities tonight. Gates open at Floyd County High School at 5:30 p.m. There will be music and food as well as the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

If you're a Danville Utilities customer, the utility asks that you conserve energy this afternoon. A peak alert was issued by its power supplier because of an expected demand for electricity because of the rising heat and humidity. Transmission charges for Danville and other utilities is set, in part, by peak usage during periods of high demand. You're asked to unplug small appliances and chargers, raise your thermostat a couple of degrees and close curtains to keep the sun out.