ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Happening today, Roanoke County is expected to discuss partnering with Salem schools for the English Language Learners (ELL) program. Salem has a small number of ELL students on level one. Roanoke County has been recognized in Virginia as a top performing program with room for 16 more students. Salem would still be held accountable for student attendance and transportation. Salem would pay $2,100 per student to the county.
A rocket carrying experiments developed by students is scheduled to launch today from Wallops Island. A 3-D printer designed by a group of Virginia Tech students will be onboard. It will be the first to fly on an unmanned mission, testing how well it survives and works as it prints a VT logo while in orbit. The rocket will launch from Virginia's Eastern Shore sometime between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The Advancement Foundation hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony today for its new Business Incubation Center in Vinton. The Home of Innovative and Visionary Entrepreneurs gives potential business owners a chance to get the skills and resources to make their business successful. The ribbon cutting is at 11 a.m. at the Pollard Street Facility.
As part of National Health Center Week, New Horizons Healthcare holds a Community Health Fair today. It's part of a week-long campaign to raise awareness about health centers. There will be free health screenings as well as games and prizes and activities for kids. It's from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New Horizons.
The parents of Noah Thomas will return to court in Pulaski County today for a preliminary hearing. In April, a judge denied bond to both Paul Thomas and Ashley White. They are charged with child abuse and neglect after five year old Noah was found dead in a septic tank outside their home. In convicted, White could face up to 15 years in prison and Thomas could face up to 10 years.