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Headlines for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Two school districts in Southside are receiving money from the Commonwealth to help boost security. Martinsville City Schools will use part of its nearly $70,000 state grant to add a visitor badge system to the city’s pre-school and middle and high schools. The school district’s safety director, T.J. Slaughter, said the system is already in place at the district’s two elementary schools. The district currently has about 200 security cameras but plans to add a few more, as well as more two-way radios. Earlier this year, the district added metal posts out front of the high school to prevent cars from ramming into the building. The rest of the money the district received will be used to add a key card entry system to some additional doors. Henry County received just under $15,000 in grant money. Martinsville’s cameras and visitor badge systems should be up and running in the next couple of months. (Source: Martinsville Bulletin)

A weak front across southern sections of the region will remain about stationary today before slowly lifting back north as a warm front later tonight and Wednesday. Low pressure and a cold front will then move east into the mountains by Wednesday evening before passing off the coast Thursday. High pressure builds in from the northeast late in the week. Showers are likely through Wednesday night. (Source: National Weather Service)

Drivers across the Mid-Atlantic region continue to see lower prices at the pumps. Post-hurricane, Gulf Coast refineries are building toward resuming normal operations, but it could take some longer than others to return to pre-hurricane production rates. Sunday’s national gas price average is $2.50, which is six cents lower than this time last week, 17 cents lower than this time last month and 24 cents higher than this time last year. In Martinsville, the lowest gas prices reported at are $2.19 at Fast Fuels on Virginia Avenue and Stultz Road, $2.24 at 58 Market, and $2.25 at the Valero on A.L. Philpott Highway and Dogwood Drive. (Source: AAA,

Virginia’s largest health insurer will restrict where customers can get CT scans and MRIs in non-emergency situations. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the change will occur for people insured by Anthem in March. Those insured will have to seek imaging services at free-standing facilities instead of hospital-based ones. The policy change does not include X-rays or mammograms. Virginia Anthem spokesman Scott Golden said the move will save up to hundreds of dollars per scan and help keep premiums affordable. Anthem will be the only company offering insurance through the Affordable Care Act in Martinsville beginning in January. (Source: Virginia-Pilot)

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