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What's News Today for Tuesday, June 6, 2017

News and events happening today

ROANOKE – The Danville City Manager and Police Chief will give an update on the City's ongoing strategies to reduce violent crime at today's city council meeting. This comes after multiple deadly shootings in southside recently. The update will be a follow-up to the crime reduction plan presented to City Council six months ago made up of nearly 30 strategies to reduce violent crime.
 
The National D-Day Memorial will mark the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord with a ceremony. This year's one of the nation's best-known World War II veterans, Jerry Yellin will speak. He flew the final combat mission of WWII. His wingman, paid the ultimate price becoming the final American to die in battle during the war. For years afterwards, Yellin struggled to come to terms with his combat experiences.

The Memorial will also dedicate the new visitor's center and gift shop named in honor of Bobbie Johnson, a WWII aviator and longtime Memorial supporter and volunteer.

There is a meeting tonight to talk about the renovations at Cave Spring High School. It's at 7 p.m. And will include a chance for you to ask questions about the re-model and expansion at the Roanoke County school.

The Special Olympics Virginia torch run continues on the way to Richmond. Officers leave from the Virginia Tech Police Department at 7:30 this morning. By the end of the day tomorrow, the officers of the Roanoke Valley region will complete more than 80 miles. The basis of the route follows from route 220 through route 460 until they reach their destination at the Amherst County line.

It is Business Appreciation Week in Danville and Pittsylvania County. The 4th Annual River District Association Scavenger Hunt is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Danville River District, starting at JTI Fountain. Pick up a 'game sheet', visit the merchants listed for a chance to win $500 in River District dollars!

Linkhorne Elementary is teaming up with the Lynchburg Sheriff's Office for Partners In Education (PIE). There is a ribbon cutting this morning at 11:30. The partnership aims to encourage a positive image of deputies and their jobs, promote gun safety and interact with students on a casual basis.

Governor McAuliffe is expected to sign legislation preventing bullying in schools. The signing happens at 1:30 at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge.

Danville Parks and Recreation kicks off the Fun Wagon season at 1 p.m. at Cardinal Village followed by a visit to Southwyck Hills at 3 p.m. The giant sprinkler is free and set up in Danville communities during the week. You have to wear tennis shoes or water shoes. Flip flops aren't allowed.