What's News Today: October 17, 2017

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

By Patrick McKee - Anchor
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The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and chambers from throughout the region holds Jefferson's Assembly today.  It's a gathering of business and government leaders, talking about issues ranging from economic development to transportation.

The South Roanoke Neighborhood organization holds a candidate forum tonight.  Those running for Commonwealth's Attorney and sheriff will address voters.  The forum begins tonight at 7 p.m. at the South Roanoke United Methodist Church.

Around two dozen students from Normandy, France will visit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.  They will learn about their nation's liberation from the American perspective.  Their visit is part of the Roanoke Valley Sister Cities program.  

Railside Avenue will close today behind Warehouse Road.  A Norfolk Southern contractor will repair pavement.  The closure is in place today and tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Salem City Council will hold a closed session this morning to talk about disposing of real property.  After the closed session, council members will tour city facilities for the purpose of capital improvement and maintenance planning.

The Virginia Chamber will host its annual conference on World Trade today.  Virginia business leaders will gather in Williamsburg to see way to expand through international agreements.  Two gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam will both speak.

The West Piedmont Planning District holds a public input meeting today at it updates the regional Bicycle Plan.  It was originally adopted in 2005.  Some recommendations have been achieved, but since then, the preference of bicyclists have changed.  A meeting takes place tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Danville Regional Airport.  Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow in Chatham.

Total Action for Progress holds its annual luncheon today.  The agency's Cabell Brand Hope Award will be given at the event to Roanoke City School Superintendent Rita Bishop.  The organization says she embodies the spirit of its founder, "believing all children can succeed, regardless of circumstances."

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