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What's News Today for Friday, June 9, 2017

News and events happening today

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Roanoke County graduation ceremonies are today. More than 11-hundred students will graduate from the five high schools and have more than $10 million in scholarship dollars to students for college.

The Radford Army Ammunition Plant change of command ceremony is this morning. Lt. Colonel Alicia Masson was the first female commander in the plant's history. Lt. Colonel James Scott will take over the Radford plant. The plant is the second largest employer in Montgomery County, the ninth largest in the New River Valley.

With more than 2.3 million people treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for violent injuries, The American Hospital Association is now recognizing today as Hospitals Against Violence Day. Carilion and Roanoke Police will be hosting a 30-minute personal safety training class for the public in the Roanoke City Market Building this Friday. It will kick off at 12;15 a.m., and anybody is invited to attend.

The annual free tour of Floyd's artisans is this weekend with lectures/workshops, artists' studios, organic farms, pottery-making and woodworking demonstrations. Many tour sites will offer refreshments for sale such as chocolate, hand-dipped ice cream, wine and coffee tastings, and more. Bluegrass, old time music, and dancing will be featured at several tour sites as well. Tours are Friday through Sunday. The Floyd Artisan Trail June Tour is a free three-day event at over 40 sites across Floyd County VA and is hosted by the Floyd Center for the Arts.  For the full tour schedule, and a complete list of all the sites with maps, please visit www.FloydArtisanTrail.org.