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What's News Today: August 31, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The Department of General Services holds a public hearing today in Richmond about Governor Terry McAuliffe's Executive Order banning concealed firearms in Executive Branch offices. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. inside the Pocahontas Building.

The Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation holds a business matchmaking event tonight. The event is meant to increase business to business partnerships and referrals. Registration is requested. The event begins at 5:30 at New College Institute.

Virginia Tech hosts the first ever Women in Transportation Seminar starting today. The two day event will feature workshops and presentations, panel discussions and mentoring sessions, meant to get women interested in the future of transportation.

The Montgomery County-Christiansburg Citizens Academy begins tonight. The eight week course teaches the inner workings of local government by giving a hands-on look at several branches of government like police, fire and public works. The course take place on Wednesdays through mid-October.

The man police say killed another man in a drunk driving accident is in court today. Police said that Marvin Pannell smelled strongly of alcohol shortly after the accident. Officers also said he displayed other physical signs of intoxication during a field sobriety test. Pannell is charged with driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter after police say he hit and killed David Mitchell while he was crossing Williamson Road.

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will travel to Lynchburg today for the kick off of the Virginia School Breakfast Challenge. McAuliffe will take a tour of the Breakfast in the Classroom program where all kids get breakfast for free in class instead of having to eat in the cafeteria before school. McAuliffe will be joined by Virginia State Head Football Coach Reggie Barlow and Lynchburg Superintendent Scott Brabrand.

Gathright Dam operators will perform a pulse release today. The release will begin around six this morning and last until 1:30 p.m. Water levels will rise three to four and a half feet on the Jackson River.

Mary Baldwin College officially becomes Mary Baldwin University today. A celebration will be held to mark the change and to kick off the school's 175 anniversary celebration. The name change coincides with the school's Charter Day.