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What's News Today for Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Sixteen people will graduate from the Roanoke County Volunteer Fire Academy tonight. They've spent twenty weeks and nearly 300 hours getting training including basic firefighting skills and emergency care. One of the graduates became interested in becoming a firefighter last year when he had to call 911 as his wife went into labor early one morning.  Paramedics arrived and delivered the baby in the home.  After the family made several visits to the fire station to thank the crew, the father, Jacob, became interested in becoming a firefighter so he could help in the same way.  He will graduate with his wife, family and baby Lukas watching as he is pinned with his firefighter badge.

Two of the nation's former top ranking FBI special agents will talk about the 1985 hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648 at the Inn at Virginia Tech. One of the Americans who survived after being shot in the head will be there. The flight was scheduled from Athens, Greece to Cairo, Egypt. The plane was hijacked by a terrorist organization. Sixty-one of the 95 passengers and crew died, as did two of the three hijackers, making it one of the deadliest in history.

This morning business, Faith Leaders, Social Service, Government/Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, neighborhood and community organizers will come together to begin the work of developing a "social agreement" for the Roanoke Valley. They are working to find common ground across socio-economic, political and racial groups. The idea is to pinpoint shared beliefs that could be referenced to shape social strategies and protect future economic growth.

Gleaning For The World is providing hurting families in Central and Southwest Virginia with 12,000 gallons of milk and juice. Nationally, 95% of food banks do not have enough milk donated on a regular basis. The group is able to provide thousands of gallons of milk for 77% less than the average grocery store. For every $1 donated, they can provide one child in our area with a week's worth of milk. People can donate online at www.gftw.org or call (434) 993-3600. There is a collections drive for non-perishable food and full size toiletry items at Sam's Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg today through Friday from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m.

You may have delays if you're traveling on Route 460 tonight or tomorrow while CenturyLink does work from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday's crossing will be just east of the Pleasant Valley Road/460 Intersection and Thursday's will be east of Mount Athos Road. Virginia State Police and others will be on hand to help with traffic. There should also be message boards to alert you to the change in traffic.

A park ranger will retire after more than 40 years working for Grayson Highland State Park. Roy Kilby started in his 20s in the 1970s as a part time seasonal maintenance ranger and worked his way up to a full time park ranger. We're told he plans to do part time construction work.

You can help paint a mural in Roanoke City. There is a paint night at the Aurora tonight from 5 to 7:30.  The Roanoke Arts Commission and the City of Roanoke will hold a ceremony Friday for the installation and dedication of the Gateway Mural, at the intersection of Tazewell Avenue under the Interstate 581 Bridge. The project, part of the city-wide public art initiative, began with the neighborhood groups asking for art in this location. The art will feature native wildflowers, historical landmarks, mountains and cultural and recreational assets of the region.