What's News Today: August 9, 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 sources along the proposed route.  Tonight's hearing starts at 6 p.m. at Chatham High School. 

The City of Lynchburg is looking to update its master plan for downtown.  Tonight, it holds a kick-off event and listening session.  People who live or work in the city can talk about change they want to see, including parking, traffic patterns, infrastructure and city branding.  The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Academy Center of the Arts.

A Giles County man charged with human trafficking and abduction is scheduled to be back in court today for a motion review hearing.  According to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Gary Gusler is accused of bonding females out of the New River Valley Regional Jail and then holding them in his home against their will.  Investigators say they found letters and phone conversations in his home, showing he may have used women for sexual favors all over Virginia since 2014.

The new president of Sweet Briar College will address the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance this morning.  Dr. Meredith Woo took over as the 13th president of the school in May.  She will talk about her vision for the college to business leaders from the community.

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