What's News Today: November 14, 2017

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

By Patrick McKee - Anchor
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The Roanoke County School Board wants your thoughts about where to locate students during the planned Cave Spring High School Renovation Project. Last week, the construction committee put all options back on the table. There are five different options, including using space at Tanglewood Mall, combining with Hidden Valley and using mobile classrooms.  The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at Cave Spring High School.

The Salem School Board will get a first look at the proposed calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The first day for students will be September 4th, with the last day of classes occurring on June 13th.  The school system will post the calendar on its website and take comments.  The board is expected to approve the final calendar in December.

Governor Terry McAuliffe will visit the city of Roanoke today to make an economic development announcement.  The governor will be joined by Appalachian Power and AEP Transmission.

Patrick Henry Community College and the Harvest Foundation will make an announcement today about a new program at Patrick Henry Community College.  Leaders expect the program to have a major impact on the next generation of workforce talent and long-term benefits to the region's economy.

If you need help with government benefits, you can go to Patrick Henry Memorial Library in Brookneal today.  A representative from the Campbell County Department of Social Services will be there from 9 a.m. to noon to help you sign up for, or renew benefits in the SNAP program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medicaid.  

Virginia Western Community College holds an information session tonight about the Community College Access Program.  The program provides up to three years of tuition for Roanoke Valley high school graduates who meet program requirements.  Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Whitman Theater.

Martinsville City Council will discuss repaying the Virginia Tobacco Commission. The city was given an $800,00 grant in 2014 help pay for a medical school. As we've reported, Dr. Noel Boaz, the man who tried to open the school, says he can't repay the money, after being unable to meet the requirements outlined by the commission, leaving the city on the hook. The city is expected to enter into an agreement to pay back the money over the next five years.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will be joined by state and federal partners today as it opens two expansions of the Virginia Smart Road. The expansion will let researchers test risks to pedestrians in urban areas.  VTTI will also talk about new construction, including a rural roadway testbed and will break ground on its automation hub. 

Entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of experts at the Roanoke Star Tank.  They are trying to get investors to make their dream become a reality. The panelists have access to money, connections and know how to make businesses successful.  

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