What's News Today: October 10, 2017

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

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The man charged in connection to a May shooting in Pittsylvania County is in court today for a preliminary hearing. Jeffery Calloway is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police say he shot Tyhike Felton in May.

The YMCA of Virginia's Blue Ridge breaks ground today on the Botetourt Family YMCA. According to the Y, the community project has been in the works for more than five years and is the largest fundraising endeavor to ever take place in Botetourt County.

A public meeting takes place tonight at 7 p.m. about the next phase of the Blue Ridge Farms Utility Project. The project will include upgrades and improvements to water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. Work is expected to start this month and last through July.  This is the third of four phases of the project.

Candidates for the 12th istrict House of Delegates seat will take part in a candidate forum tonight.  Preserve Giles County will hold the discussion with Republican Joseph Yost and Democrat Chris Hurst.  The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Pearisburg Community Center.

The Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion holds its first meeting today in Richmond.  Governor Terry McAuliffe created it by executive order following the events in Charlottesville, in an effort to find ways to "combat hatred and violence. The commission will identify changes that need to be made to policy and law to make sure all groups of people are included.

Patrick Henry Community College holds an information session tonight for its Big Idea Challenge.  Up to 10 teams will work on designing a product to be pitched to a panel of judges. The winning project will win a more than $5,000 prize package. The challenge begins next month.

If you travel the Lynchburg Expressway, expect delays today and tomorrow. Between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the inside lane will be closed from Timberlake Drive to Candler's Mountain Road as crews work on street lights.  

The Salem Kiwanis Club holds a candidate forum today. Six candidates for City Sheriff will take part. Each of the candidates will have five minutes for an opening statement, then take questions. The forum begins at noon at the Salem Civic Center.

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