What's News Today: November 2, 2017

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


The Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council holds its annual membership gala tonight.  It's an opportunity for members to network with other business executives, regional leaders and other members.  Leaders will give the state of the council address.

The Roanoke Women's Foundation will award grants today.  The foundation will award grants totaling more $340,000 to five area organizations.  The Roanoke Women's Foundation was started to give women a way to become leaders in charitable giving to meet the needs of the community.  It has given out more than $3 million in grants since 2004.

The Giles County Chamber of Commerce holds a candidate forum tonight.  Those running for state delegate, school board and the board of supervisors are expected to take part.  It begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Giles High School.

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

Arnett Boulevard in Danville is closed for road work.  The work is taking place between Starmont Drive and Mary Miles Drive.  The closure is expected to last through Tuesday.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys holds a fundraising breakfast.  The Working for Independence event raises money to support training and employment programs.  The breakfast begins at 8:15 at the Madison Heights Jobs Center.

The West Piedmont Planning District Commission holds a public input meeting about its regional bicycle plan.  The original plan was adopted in 2005, but since then preferences of bicyclists have changed.  The new will add priority routes and proposes greater connectivity between existing routes and popular destinations.  Today's meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the Franklin County Government Center.

The Roanoke Tea Party holds a debate tonight for a seat on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.  Vinton district candidates Benjamin Shepherd and Jason Peters will talk about issues important to voters tonight at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road.

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