What's News Today: June 22, 2017

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


Today is opening day for the Pulaski Yankees.  The team will take on the Princeton Rays tonight at 7 p.m.  This season, fans over the age of 21 can enjoy discounted drink during Thursday home games.  There are also new food choice at concession stands, including loaded waffle fries and a southwest burger.

Twenty-two women will compete, starting today, in the Miss Virginia Pageant.  Preliminary competitions are today and tomorrow.  The new Miss Virginia will be crowned on Saturday night.

The Roanoke City and County Economic Development Departments hold an iMarketing Workshop today.  The interactive workshop shows business owners how to develop marketing plans, use advertising and social media and the best ways to promote your business. 

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" opens today at the Mill Mountain Theatre.  It tells the story of six kids who are trying to winn the spelling championship while telling stories of their home lives.  The show runs through July 1st. 

The man charged in the murder of a Roanoke mother will make his first appearance in court today.  Lamarre Camper was transferred from Wake County, N.C. Earlier this week to the Western Virginia Regional Jail.  Camper was arrested there in May after he set his vehicle on fire.  Earlier this month, a Franklin County jury indicted him for the disappearance and murder of Brittany Freeny.  She was last seen with Camper on May 1st.  Utility workers found her body two days later in Franklin County.

Congressman Rob Wittman from Virginia and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi will hold a news conference today.  The two will unveil legislation aimed at building a larger naval fleet.  If it passes, the Securing the Homeland by Increasing out Power on the Seas Act would require the U.S. To have a fleet of 355 ships, up from the current 276.

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge holds another hospitality training course today.  It's working to get more than 8,000 workers trained on customer service and interacting with the public.  Seventy percent of the workshop focuses on customer service training while the other 30 percent talks about regional tourism significance and resources.

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