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What's News Today: July 3, 2017

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

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Starting today, Roanoke City Council meetings will be broadcast using Facebook Live.  You will be able to watch the meetings and leave comments in real time.  Follow the page Roanoke City Council to watch the proceedings.  Council meets on the first and third Monday each month.

Minor League Baseball teams across the country will honor America and help raise money for Welcome Back Veterans.  The teams will wear specially designed red, white and blue caps at games through tomorrow.  One hundred percent of sales from the caps will go to the organization's mission of addressing the needs of military personnel and their families. 

The City of Lynchburg will honor World War II hero Desmond Doss today.  Two Commemorative markers will be dedicated today.  Doss is a Lynchburg native whose story was told in the movie Hacksaw Ridge.  He was in the Army and refused to carry a gun.  Doss saved 75 men and was awarded the Medal of Honor.  The commemorative markers will be unveiled at the intersection of Mosby Street and Campbell Avenue and at Monument Terrace.

Virginia State Police is increasing patrols this holiday weekend.  The patrols started on Saturday and will continue through tomorrow.  Local troopers will join other from around the nation for Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, aiming to reduce crashes, injured and deaths due to impaired driving, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt.  Last year, eight people died statewide during the holiday weekend.

More than 1.2 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend.  AAA says that is the highest since 2001, when 983,000 Virginia traveled 50 miles or more.  Nearly 1.1 million people are expected to drive to their destination with 92,000 expected to fly.  The auto club says that low gas price are likely contributing to increased travel.


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