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What's News Today: December 13, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - Martinsville City Council will discuss the 2017 legislative agenda tonight. One the items up for discussion is a transportation authority which would generate a revenue stream for the construction of Interstate 73 and other transportation projects. The creation of an authority would allow for sales tax rates to be increased, with money going to transportation projects.

A Roanoke man, found guilty of murder, will be sentenced today. A jury convicted Ronald White of second degree murder in August. White's charges stem from the stabbing death of 58 year-old David Bourhill. His body was found on Signal Hill Avenue. The jury has recommended that he serve 40 years.

A couple facing charges in the death of a Franklin County man are expected to enter a plea today in court. Jessica Hodges Turner and her husband, Benjamin Turner, are charged with abuse of an elder leading to death, concealing a body and possession of meth making materials. Jessica Turner also faces multiple counts of fraud. Police say that Jessica's father, Jerry Hodges, was found wrapped in a Rubbermaid style closet in the couple's basement in early 2015. Investigators say that he was dead for about three months and neglect was a likely factor.

The Federal Open Market Committee begins a two day meeting today. Financial analysts expect the committee to increase interest rates by a quarter percent. Loans attached to the prime rate, like credit cards and adjustable rate mortgages, will increase. Savings rates could also go up.