What's News Today: August 8, 2017

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


The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality holds a public hearing tonight for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The board will receive comments on water quality certifications, which are designed to protect water quality along the proposed routes.  Tonight's hearing starts at 6 p.m. at Radford University.  Another hearing takes place tomorrow in Chatham.

We will find out, today, who the lucky winner is in the Chick-Fil-A Bonsack Big Ticket Giveaway.  The top prize is a pair of tickets to each event at the Berglund Center for the 2017-2018 season, plus a year's worth of Chick-Fil-A meals.  Included in the tickets are season passes to the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, Broadway in Roanoke as well as other shows including Third Eye Blind and Ron White.

The Virginia Mining Institute holds its Mine Rescue Competition starting today in Blacksburg.  Teams are given scenarios to put their life-saving skills to the test.  They are graded and timed on their response.  Competitions continue through Thursday.  This is the 51st year for the event. 

The Salem School Board meets tonight to discuss grading policy.  The new policy takes into account student growth over time, instead of just averaging grades on projects, quizzes and tests.  For middle and high school students, an A means a students demonstrates complete knowledge of the contest, while a B means some improvement is needed, with a C meaning addition practice and instruction is required.

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