What's News Today: March 9, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The trial for Paul Thomas, the father of Noah Thomas begins today in Pulaski County. Thomas is charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect after leaving his 5 year old son Noah and infant daughter at home along. Noah's body was found in a septic tank near his home in Dublin after a multi-day search last March. Noah's mother, Ashley White, was convicted on similar charges. Her sentencing is scheduled for May.

A prescription drug abuse seminar takes place today in Martinsville. The seminar will provide special training for health care providers on the newest ways to reduce harm and overdose from prescription medications. Details about Project Lazarus will be talked about. It's a program started in North Carolina that decreased the drug poisoning mortality rate by 69 in four years.

The Mount Rogers Health District holds a cholesterol clinic today in Galax. A mobile health unit will be parked at the Health Department in Galax. There's a small cost to have tests done including a lipid panel, blood sugar and bone density. Other clinics are scheduled throughout the district this month.

Officers with the Martinsville Police Department hope you'll join them for Coffee with a Cop today. The event will bring people and law enforcement together in an neutral space in non-stressful times to build relationships. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the McDonalds on Commonwealth Boulevard. This is similar to an event hosted by Roanoke County earlier this year.

There is an open house and public meeting tonight to talk about a route change to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The new route will avoid parts of two U.S. Forests, but affects 249 additional landowners. Tonight's meeting takes place at Bath County High School with one tomorrow night in Pocahontas County.

Public visitation continues today for former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Reagan died on Sunday at the age of 94 from congestive heart failure. Her funeral service is tomorrow. She will be buried next to her husband, former President Ronald Reagan at the library.

A Danville woman who plead guilty to second degree murder and arson receives her sentence today. Christy Beskin plead guilty to the charges last month. Prosecutors say she and her friend, Donna Hiatt-Lanier were drinking and doing drugs at Donna's ome in March of last year when they got into an argument. Beskin later admitted to beating Lanier to heath and then setting her home on fire. Beskin could face up to fifty years in prison.

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Forestry Secretary Todd Haymore travel to Halifax County today. The pair is expected to make two economic development announcements this afternoon.

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