What's News Today: August 31, 2017

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


VDOT holds a public hearing tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to talk about safety enhancements on Route 460 in Blacksburg.  Staff will talk about constructing a restricted crossing U-turn at the intersection of North Main Street and Farmingdale Lane.  You can give your thoughts at the Blacksburg Community Center.

The City of Lynchburg holds a judicial real estate sale today.  The city will auction off properties that are delinquent in paying property taxes.  Properties are auctioned after being more than two years behind on taxes and after staff tries to collect.  The auction starts at 1 p.m. on Court Street at the top of Monument Terrace.

New River Valley Community Services holds a candlelight vigil tonight in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day.  People who have been affected by overdose or opioid use will speak, with candles being lit at dusk.  The program begins at 7 p.m. at Bisset Park. 

Governor Terry McAuliffe and other state leaders will gather at the  Capitol Building today to talk about holiday travel.  From 2010 to 2016, Virginia averaged 11 traffic deaths per year during the Labor Day weekend.  Thirty-three percent of those involved drunk drivers.  State leaders will talk about Checkpoint Strikeforce, the state's anti-drunk driving campaign, travel estimates and more.

Lane closures are possible today in Lynchburg.  Crews will conduct pavement testing at the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Oakley Avenue.  The Lynchburg Police Department will provide traffic control.

God's Pit Crew will set up again today, collecting supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The nonprofit will set up in Pulaski, Lynchburg, South Boston and Galax.  The biggest need is bottled water and pop-top canned food.  

Here's a list of collection sites for God's Pit Crew:

Pulaski Church of God
Bob White Blvd
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday

Truck Enterprises in Lynchburg
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday

Halifax Christian School
South Boston
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday

Galax Walmart
Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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