What’s News Today for Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What's News Today

ROANOKE IWSLS 10) – A Martinsville man has a scheduled bond hearing today after attempted first degree murder charges. Telvin Hairston was arrested in April in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of the Martinsville Bulletin. Police say he pulled out a gun and fired at a man after an argument. Court documents show a trial date of January.

It’s GivingTuesday— A chance for you to give back after all the holiday shopping you’ve done since Black Friday. Nearly a third of all annual giving happens in December. The U.S. ranks second overall in this year’s World Giving Index. The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2016’s Most Charitable States. Utah ranks number one with the highest volunteer rate at nearly 40-percent and more than 6-percent of donated income. Virginia ranks number 18. Last on the list of most charitable is Arizona.

You can weigh in on transportation projects today in Lynchburg. This is one the nine public meetings put on by the Commonwealth Transportation Board… As they work to prioritize  transportation projects. This year’s meetings start with an open house where you can review and provide feedback on the list of proposed local and regional projects submitted for scoring.
Following the open house you can ask questions during the town hall session. The new SMART SCALE process scores projects according to critical transportation needs. The meetings will highlight the 436 applications for projects submitted by 148 local and regional governments across the state. Following public meetings in the spring, the CTB will use public feedback and the scoring data to select which projects to fund and be included in the next Six-Year Improvement Program by June. The meeting is at the Lynchburg District Office, Ramey Memorial Auditorium. (4219 Campbell Avenue, Route 501, Lynchburg, VA 24501)

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention is at The Homestead this year. Governor Terry McAuliffe will introduce new statewide agricultural programs. The president of the American Farm Bureau, will shed light on the recent elections and what that means for American agriculture and the upcoming Farm Bill.

2,500 Virginia Law Enforcement Officers will be having a meal on WoodmenLife Virginia. The organization is partnering with Papa Johns to provide nearly 600 Pizzas across the Commonwealth. Volunteers from the life insurance and financial services organization will make most of the deliveries themselves in an effort to personally thank area Law Enforcement Officers. Each pizza will include a note of thanks. 22 Chapters in Virginia are participating including Lynchburg, Christiansburg, Martinsville and Roanoke.

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