What's News Today: April 20, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton performs at the Berglund Center tonight.  His debut album, Traveller, debuted at number two on the Billboard Country Albums chart in 2015.  Expect heavy traffic in downtown Roanoke tonight ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. sold out show.

Down by Downtown, a three day celebration of music comes to downtown Roanoke starting today.  Bands will will play at a dozen venues, including Elmwood Park, the Berglund Center and several bars.  The music festival coincides with the Blue Ridge Marathon.  Lotus will headline the final night on Saturday.  Check with the venue to see if the event is free or if there is a cover charge.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board holds a public input meeting tonight in Lynchburg.  You will have the chance to talk about transportation projects that have been recommended for funding.  Comments will be used to help the board develop its six year improvement program.  Tonight's meeting starts at 5:30 at Ramey Memorial Auditorium on Campbell Avenue.

New River Community College holds another forum today as it searches for its new president.  The third finalist will make brief remarks today before answering questions from the community.  The final candidate will be on campus tomorrow.

The Central Virginia Metropolitan Planning Organization holds a public hearing about future transportation projects.  The organization is looking at funding projects from 2018 through 2021.  The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the Kirkley Hotel.

Church Street in Lynchburg will be closed today through Monday between 5th and 7th Streets as crews pave.  You can take 7th Street from Commerce and make a right onto Church Street which will be converted to two-way traffic while work takes place.