What’s News Today: October 28, 2016

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(WSLS 10) – The Grayson County couple charged in the death of a toddler will see their case go before a grand jury today. Terra Connell and John Underwood face charges after their dog mauled a 15 month old they were babysitting in January. Connell was also found guilty of possessing a schedule three controlled substance. She was sentenced to one year in jail, six months of that suspended.

The city of Lynchburg holds a ribbon cutting today after finishing a $9.1 million renovation to City Stadium. The facility was built in the 1930s and never had major renovations done. Lockers rooms were added, with new concessions, bathrooms and a ticketing area built and a new scoreboard was installed. The stadium is used by more than 14,000 people each year.

The Racing College of Virginia at Patrick Henry Community College holds an open house today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Race fans and people interested in the racking industry can see the training facility, meet the faculty and talk about transfer opportunities.

Students at two Danville middle schools will get to take part in the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence. U.S. Attorney John Fishwick brought the national program to schools in Virginia and will speak to students about gun violence, decision making and community safety. Students will then have the chance to take the pledge which says they will not bring a gun to school, settle a problem or dispute with a gun and will influence friends not to use guns to settle disputes.

The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA holds the Howl-o-ween Costume 5K Run. It’s a timed race where you get to run through town in your costume. Registration starts at 6 p.m. Friday with the race beginning at 7 p.m. Awards will be given to runners as well as to those wearing the best costumes.

Community walks to end violence in Danville start again tonight. Danville Regional Medical Center’s CEO Alan Larson started the walks after a doctor was shot in February while walking home from the hospital. The goal of the walks is to bring people together to talk about ways to end gun violence in the River City.

Dava Newman, deputy administrator will be at Hollins University today. Newman will talk about “mars and Beyond.” She joined NASA in May of least year and is responsible for providing leadership, planning and policy direction for the agency.

A ribbon cutting will be held today, opening new retail space and apartments in downtown Roanoke. Gramercy Row is located on Williamson Road. On top of the retail space is 82 apartments. The building is the first residential facility in southwest Virginia to have Cox’s Gigablast high speed internet.

The Lynchburg Humane Society is offering free cat adoption today through Sunday. It is currently at capacity, caring for more than 350 cats while also trying to help two other shelters save cats from euthanasia.

If you missed your chance to see if you have unclaimed property with the state, you will have a couple of chances today. The Virginia Department of Treasury will set up at two places where you can stop by and talk to a representative. They will be at the Roanoke City Municipal Building and Center in the Square today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Bradley Free Clinic and Mission of Mercy holds a mini dental day today. Volunteer dentists will treat nearly 90 patients. This is the third year of the mini clinic.

Students across southern Virginia will wrap up Red Ribbon Week celebration today.  Round Hill Elementary students are using the theme of YOLO Be Drug Free. Yolo stands for “you only live once”. The students also did art projects, wore red and learned about staying drug free. Trees around campus were also tied with red ribbons. Students at Cave Spring Middle School will hear from former baseball player Terrance Engles about how drugs impacted his life.

A symposium in Roanoke County brings together Firefighters and paramedics as well as physicians and cancer researchers. They will talk about the impact cancer is having on firefighters. Speakers will talk about ways to limit exposure while on the job.

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