What's News Today: March 8, 2017

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(WSLS 10) - A Radford man, who police say tried to hire someone to kill four people, including a police officer and a prosecutor, is expected to enter a plea in court today. Eric Diamond is charged with four counts of soliciting the first degree murder of the Radford Commonwealth Attorney, A Radford detective and two juveniles. Diamond previously pled guilty to rape and child pornography charges.

Have Coffee with a Cop today in Franklin County. Deputies from the Sheriff's Office will be at the Dairy Queen in Ferrum to meet with people in the community in an informal setting this morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A live emergency preparedness exercise will take place on the Central Virginia Community College campus. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will work with other public safety officers in the region on the active shooter drill. You will see a "significant number" of law enforcement, fire and emergency medical personnel and vehicles. The drill includes a lockdown of the campus, shouting, mock gunfire and sirens. Following the drill, emergency managers will come together to talk about what happened.

The Giles County Christian Service Mission holds a ribbon cutting today, celebrating the expansion of its food pantry and a new partnership with Feeding America Southwest Virginia. The mission just finished an renovation project to enlarge its food pantry in order to increase the number of food boxes it is able to offer.

A manufacturing career fair takes place today in Wytheville. More than two dozen companies will be there accepting resumes. Computers will be available as well for people to complete online applications. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wytheville Meeting Room.

Roanoke County leaders will join business leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for phase 1 of improvements on Plantation Road. The improvements will include bicycle lanes, streetscapes and improved access for pedestrians. The project will cost $4.2 million and includes a mix of federal, state and local money.