What's News Today: May 11, 2017

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


The trial begins today for a Grayson County woman, charged in the death of a toddler.  Terra Connell, along with John Underwood, was indicted for murder, felony child abuse and neglect and failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in human injury.  Their dog mauled a 15 month-old they were babysitting in January of last year.  Underwood entered an Alford Plea and is serving five years.

Governor Terry McAuliffe continues a three-day trade and marketing mission today.  He will visit with business leaders in Dallas.  McAuliffe has spent the past two days in New York City meeting with leaders there.  This is his 27th trade and marketing mission during his time in office.

Virginia Tech holds its Graduate Commencement Ceremony today.  Robert Allen will be awarded the alumni achievement award.  Allen was awarded his Ph.D. From Virginia Tech in 1985.  He leads the IBM Research Center's chemicals and materials research.

Central Virginia Community College holds its commencement ceremony tonight.  Former college president Dr. Belle Wheelan will serve as commencement speaker.  932 students will graduate this year, receiving 1,265 associates degrees, diplomas, and certificates.  Graduation begins tonight at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center at Liberty University.,

Employees of Pepsi are paying tribute to the military and veterans.  For the third year, Pepsi drivers will relay an American Flag across the country from California to New York.  The Rolling Remembrance will arrive today at New River Valley Pepsi in Wytheville.  There will be a reception starting at 5:30 p.m.  Hot dogs and snacks will be available with proceeds benefiting the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge holds its annual meeting tonight in Roanoke.  Former Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill be the keynote speaker, talking on the topic "you Gotta Love Where You Live."