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What's News Today for Thursday, June 8, 2017

News and events happening today.

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Attorney General Mark Herring will announce the results of a statewide inventory to identify untested rape kits collected between 2014 and 2016 that will now be tested as part of a $3.4 million project to completely eliminate Virginia's backlog of untested rape kits. More than 1,000 kits have already been sent for testing as part of the first phase of the project before 2014. Once both phases are completed in conjunction with local law enforcement and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Virginia's backlog of untested rape kits will be completely eliminated,

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton will hold another Town Hall Meeting 6:30 tonight. It will be in the Fork Mountain area at New Vision Baptist Church. After a short presentation you can ask questions or make comments.

There is a public meeting about the Main Street Bridge Replacement Project. The project is scheduled to begin in October and last a year. The project includes raising the bridge, making it longer and changes to the look of the bridge. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. In city council chambers.

There's a ribbon cutting today at the Daleville Town Center celebrating the first co-working center in Botetourt County. GoWork offers open-floor plan work sites as well as closed-door offices to facilitate a positive, professional, and flexible work environment for all members. With a low-priced monthly membership, GoWork members have access to a brick-and-mortar office without the substantial overhead commitment typical of more traditional office space.  GoWork members will also have access to free parking, a professional business addresses, and the conveniences and social interaction opportunities that come with a regular office. Each member will also be entitled to reserve group meeting space.

About 20 people from around the world will be in Lynchburg today and tomorrow... Getting to know the area. The group is part of more than 1,300 writers and tour operators from more than 70 countries who conduct business negotiations that result in the generation of more than $4.7 billion in future Visit USA travel.  The tour will include stops to the Lynchburg Museum, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, the Old City Cemetery Museums and more.  After visiting Lynchburg, they will head to Charlottesville, the Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns.