What’s News Today: October 5, 2016


(WSLS 10) – Sentencing is scheduled for today for the former Altavista Police Chief. Kenneth Walsh was indicted by a grand jury in September of last year on 14 counts of forging public records, embezzlement and obtaining drugs by fraud. Walsh Walsh entered an Alford plea for those charges. The Bedford Commonwealth’s Attorney says that the charges stem from allegations that Walsh used taxpayer money to get an informant to buy prescription pain killers.

Governor Terry McAuliffe, as chair of the National Governor’s Association, will deliver the keynote address today as part of his first regional summit for his cybersecurity-focused chair’s initiative. His speech will touch on ways states are enhancing cybersecurity, developing response plans and bolstering election infrastructure. Representatives from nearly 30 states will participate in today’s regional summit.

The City of Lynchburg holds a public meeting tonight to talk about renovations to the Public Library on Memorial Avenue. The city says that a complete renovation to the building has not been done since 1984. City staff will be available tonight to listen to ideas and to answer questions.

Smith Mountain Lake holds its 50th anniversary Grand Finale event tonight. There will be a presentation talking about the achievements of the 50th anniversary celebration as well as the dedication of a time capsule, which will be opened on the 75th anniversary of the lake.

Liberty University will partner with the Special Olympics today for competitions at convocation. Liberty students will cheer on athletes in basketball and power-lifting. The president of Special Olympics will also talk about the impact of the program and how students can get involved.

Cox Communications celebrates 40 years of service to the Roanoke Valley. The company is expected to make a donation to Roanoke Valley Greenways. In addition, company leaders will announce a 40 days of giving campaign.

The Virginia Department of Education holds a roundtable discussion today on regulations about the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools. In 2014, the General Assembly passed a bill requiring the state Board of Education to adopt regulations that are in line with federal policy. Today’s meeting takes place at Lord Botetourt High School starting at 5 p.m.

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