What's News Today: December 7, 2017

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

By Patrick McKee - Anchor
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A two day meeting, talking about the Mountain Valley Pipeline continues today.  The State Water Control Board is talking about the proposed pipeline and its possible affects on water quality in the Commonwealth.  The board will look at affects to stormwater runoff during construction and after the project is complete, as well as water protection.  A separate hearing takes place next week on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Virginia Western Community College holds an information session tonight about the Community College Access Program.  Representatives will be available to answer questions about the program, which provides up to three years of tuition for Roanoke Valley high school graduates, who meet requirements of the program.  

Tonight is pedestrian night at the Lynchburg Celebration of Lights.  Cars will not be allowed to drive through the display at Riverside Park, so families can walk around and enjoy the light displays.  

Tonight is opening night for the Patriot Players Christmas Spectacular at Patrick Henry Community College.  The holiday-themed music revue features the school's jazz band, the Smith River Singers and more.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  The show runs through Sunday.

The man accused of tying up a Roanoke man, stealing his money and then setting his apartment on fire is in court today.  Omarr Martin was arrested in August for malicious wounding and arson.  The victim, Clarence "Skip" Kakert said he thought he was going to die during the August 8th attack.  He said Martin threatened to kill him before tying him up and setting his Colonial Avenue apartment on fire.

The Roanoke County Department of Social Services will host a wrapping party today.  People from the Roanoke Valley have made donations that will be wrapped and given as gifts to kids in the foster care program.  

Radio station WYYD kicks off its annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon today.  Between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, you can and make a donation to St. Jude.  The children's hospital treats patients, even if the family does not have the ability to pay.

The Roanoke Valley Regional Fire and EMS Academy will hold graduation today for 22 recruits.  They have spent the last 18 weeks studying basic firefighting skills and receiving emergency medical service instruction.  

VDOT will hold a design public hearing today in Henry County.  The state agency is looking to improve safety at the intersection of Route 220 and Route 688 by installing directional islands to prevent left turns.  The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Drewry Mason Elementary School.  

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