What's News Today: October 5, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


The mayor and vice-mayor of Lynchburg will provide an update tonight on the Poverty to Progress initiative. According to 2010 census data, the city's poverty rate is 24 percent. The city is trying to move 50 households a year out of poverty. Joan Foster and Treney Tweedy will talk about the work being done tonight at 6:30 p.m. at E. C. Glass High School. 

Roanoke City Council will discuss the public assembly permit policy today. The policy review aims to balance activity in downtown with business and residential interests. A committee of community partners and city staff reviewed current procedures and will make recommendations to the council about changes. Those changes are expected to be voted on in December and take effect in January.

A community conversation takes place tonight about domestic and sexual violence.  The Southside Survivor Response Center will host a panel discussion with law enforcement, advocates, mental health providers and a representative from the Commonwealth's Attorney. The discussion begins at 6 p.m. at New College Institute.

Route 11 will close again today through Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. as crews perform tests on the Natural Bridge geological formation. School buses and emergency vehicles will still use the highway, but all other traffic will detour onto Interstate 81.

Earth Fare's job fair continues today in Roanoke. The organic and natural foods grocery store will hire 130 people for both full- and part-time positions in all departments. The job fair runs through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Virginia Western Community College. This is Earth Fare's first location in the Commonwealth.

The candidates running for lieutenant governor will face off in a debate tonight in Richmond.  Democrat Justin Fairfax and Republican Jill Vogel will take part in the town hall which is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association. 

The Cityworks Xpo returns to Roanoke starting today. The event provides a platform for people to share big ideas in an effort to spark innovation. New this year are an action team which will focus on turning ideas into action, a youth program and podcast. The event runs through Saturday.

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