What's News Today: May 31, 2017

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


The Pulaski County School Board holds a special meeting today.  The board will go into closed session to discuss a real estate transaction and investing public funds.  The school board has proposed consolidating its two middle schools into one new building.  The superintendent estimates that a new school will cost between $30 and $40 million.

Contractors for Roanoke City will continue paving several streets in the city today.  Crews will work on Airport Road between Municipal Road and Barns Avenue, Carlisle Ave. SE, and Dale Avenue.  Work is expected to wrap up on Friday.

Work continues in Virginia to reduce the backlog in test rape kits.  Attorney General Mark Herring and Chesapeake Police will send 110 kits to a lab for testing.  Results will then be uploaded into the national DNA database.  In September of 2015, Herring announced that the Commonwealth received a grant to test the kits.

Work continues today to replace a signal cabinet and traffic signals at a Martinsville intersection.  Delays are possible where Church Street and Cleveland Avenue meet as work continues.  Signs are in place to alert you that the lights are not working and stop signs have been placed on Cleveland Avenue and at Sparky's and Daily Grind.  Work is expected to wrap up on Friday.

Pittsylvania County leaders hold a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at the Community Center.  The county recently purchased the center, which is the home of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will host the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide today.  She will announce the council's next steps and release the Virginia Food Access Network.  It is an online tool that connects partners and share resources to improve access to nutritious food across the commonwealth.