What's News Today: August 7, 2017

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


A Vinton man, charged after a child abuse investigation is expected to enter a plea in court.  21 year-old Preston Chewning is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, abuse and neglect of a child and child endangerment.  Chewning was indicted by a grand jury in June of last year after emergency crews responded to a call about an 11 month old hurt from a fall.  The child was found to have multiple fractures and internal injuries after being taken to the hospital.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and Lynchburg Police hold a public information session today.  It's part of the process for the department to maintain accreditation.  Today's input session starts at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.  If you can't make it today, comments will be accepted by phone tomorrow.

Lynchburg's Water Resources Department holds a public meeting to talk about the final phase of the Fifth Street Utility and Streetscape Project.  Work is scheduled to begin in the fall, completing infrastructure improvements that started in 2009.  Construction will include replacing more than 100 year-old pipes, new side walks, landscaping and light poles.  The plans for the project will be presented starting at 6 p.m. at Fifth Street Baptist Church.

Roanoke City Council and the school board will hold a joint meeting this morning.  The two board will talk about the new Fallon Park Elementary School, SOL retesting rules and procedures and teacher hiring difficulties.

The Blue Ridge Continuum of Care holds a symposium today on crisis response to homelessness, in an effort to get people stable housing and to keep them there.  Topics are designed to improve service and to better equip communities to address the issue.

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