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What's News Today: November 1, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headl

Food City kicks off its annual Race Against Hunger campaign.  Through November 28th, you can make a donation at checkout.  All of the proceeds will benefit hunger relief and charitable organization in the region.  For every dollar donated, six meals are provided to families.  There are stores located in Independence, Pulaski and Galax.

The Campbell County Department of Social Services begins holding free parenting classes tonight.  Parents will discuss topics including self-esteem, role modeling, communication and stress management.  

If your kids have a lot of candy after going trick-or-treating last night, you can give it to our troops.  Kool Smiles dental offices in Roanoke, Christiansburg and Danville will collect the candy through Saturday for Operation Troop Treats, which will be included in care packages for service members.  Kids who donate 25 pieces of candy will receive a toy.  

The City of Lynchburg holds a public meeting tonight about the Main Street Bridge Replacement Project.  The city says the bridge has exceeded its functional life and requires replacement.  The project will raise the height of the bridge to allow for greater clearance for trucks passing under it on the Lynchburg Expressway.  Construction is expected to begin next month and be finished in November of next year.

The Salem VA Medical Center holds an Information Health Fair and Open House today.  The center will share information about health care services and benefits it provides.  Booths will be setup with information about telehealth, smoking cessation, diabetes and more.  The health fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you travel Interstate 81 in the New River Valley, you can expect delays today and tomorrow.  VDOT will perform blasting between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Thursday.  Slow rolls will be used both north and south bound between mile markers 101 and 108.  Exit 105 will be closed during the blasting.  

New this morning, the March of Dimes is out with its annual Premature Birth Report Card.  The national grade is 'C', after seeing an increase in the preterm birth rate, after nearly a decade of decline.  Virginia also earned a 'C' with a preterm birth rate of 9.6 percent.  That's an increase from last year 9.2 percent.  According to the National Academy of Medicine, premature birth is the largest contributor to the death of infants in the U.S.  Those who survive typically see health problems.  


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