What's News Today: September 6, 2017

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

By Patrick McKee - Anchor
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American Ninja Warrior comes to Liberty University today.  Today's convocation will feature co-host Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and competitors Grant McCartney and Meagan Martin, who will talk about life on the NBC series and the Ninja Warrior circuit.

The teenager charged with trying to kill her newborn baby is denied bond.  Police found the 14-year-old's newborn inside a container in a home on Harrison Avenue in Roanoke in January.  She faces several charges including attempted murder and child abuse.

Washington and Lee University holds its fall convocation this afternoon.  Danielle Allen of Harvard University will be the featured speaker.  Convocation marks the beginning of the university's 269th year.  Classes start tomorrow.

The longest serving lawmaker in Virginia history will lie in state today at the state Capitol.  Lacey Putney died last month at the age of 89.  He served in the House of Delegates for more than five decades, representing the 19th district.  His funeral is on Thursday.

The Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre in Henry County will officially open for business at a groundbreaking event today.  The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation will also unveil a new amenity for the center that, it says, will help with recruiting advanced manufacturing clients.

Operators of the Gathright Dam in Covington will conduct a pulse release of water today from Lake Moomaw.  The releases are designed to create river flow conditions that would occur without the dam during heavy rainfall.  Water levels will rise on the Jackson River between three and four-and-a-half feet.  The release will occur between 6 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Willie Nelson and Family will perform before a sell out crowd tonight at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount.  His career has spanned six decades.  He has produced more than 200 albums and won numerous awards. 

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