What's News Today: October 9, 2017

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


Appomattox County Schools will conduct an emergency response drill today to fine tune the school's response plans.  Most of the training will take place at Appomattox Elementary School between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  During the drill, you will see emergency personnel and response vehicles and hear shouting, simulated gunfire and emergency sirens.  Today is a teacher workday and students are not in class.  

This is Fire Prevention Week.  According to the National Fire Protection Association seven people die each day in the U.S. because of a home fire with smoking materials the leading cause of fire deaths.  This week, Roanoke Fire EMS will be talking to school kids about fire safety with students able to enter artwork in the Fire Prevention Art Contest.  The winners will be treated to dinner at a fire station.

Goodwill hosts a forum today to showcase a neighborhood development concept plan for the Melrose-Orange Target area.  The city is funneling a large part of its entitlement funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to this area.  That money has been used for affordable housing for low and moderate income residents.  The plan was created by a group of young professional architects.

Two candidates running for governor will face off tonight for the final time before next month's election.  Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northham will debate at the Universtiy of Virginia's College at Wise.  Questions will focus on issues that matter to rural Virginia and the Commonwealth as a whole.  The debate begins at 7 p.m.

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