What's News Today: September 13, 2017

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

By Patrick McKee - Anchor

A community conversation on race takes place today in Lexington.  The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is holding the meeting tonight in Lexington at Lylburn Downing Middle School, which features a presentation and discussion.  Other meetings are scheduled for Roanoke and Wytheville.

A job event takes place today for new mothers and guardians who are unemployed or re-entering the workforce.  The event has sessions about interviewing, budgeting and finances and handling stress. It's going on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CHIP of Roanoke Valley Office at 1201 Third St. in Roanoke. 

Gleaning for the World will set up again today at the Sam's Club in Lynchburg, collecting donation for Hurricane Irma victims.  The nonprofit has five distribution centers set up in Florida, waiting for products to get delivered.  The agency is collecting food, money and other essentials today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Milling and paving will begin today in Uptown Martinsville.  Work will take place on Church Street, Main Street, Ford Street, Jones Street and Franklin Street.  Work will take place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.  Most roads will be closed while the work takes place.  It is expected to wrap up in two to three weeks.

Carilion New River Valley Medical Center opens its remodeled children's unit today.  The new unit will allow young patients to receive care close to home and reduce travel times for families.

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