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What's News Today, Thursday, April 11, 2013

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The Texas community college student charged in a campus stabbing attack Tuesday is scheduled to be in court today. Dylan Quick has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.

The Senate is expected to vote to begin an emotion-charged debate on new gun restrictions today. 60 votes are needed to override a potential filibuster, which some Republicans have threatened. Background checks for gun buyers would be expanded to gun shows and the internet under a bi-partisan deal reached by two senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Pat Toomey.

The parents accused of kidnapping their children and fleeing to Cuba will be in a Florida courtroom this morning. Joshua and Sharyn Hakken are facing a number of charges after investigators say Joshua tied up the boys' grandmother and took the boys last Wednesday after she got permanent custody of them.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host the Southern Virginia Stem-H summit today, (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health.) It will allow participants a chance to focus on those areas for the next generation. Sessions will be held throughout the day today and tomorrow.

There will be a public information meeting on the upcoming project to improve the Interstate 581 and Elm Avenue interchange in Roanoke tonight. It's from 5:00 to 7:00 at Jackson Park Library.

Martinsville City Council will have a special meeting tonight at 7:00. Members will present the proposed budget for 2013-2014.

Students and the community will get a chance to tour the Smart Road and its fog and rain equipment today and get information about distracted driving at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's Annual School Day and Open House. Students will be there from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.. The open house is from 4:00-7:00 p.m..

Children's Trust Roanoke Valley will hold its 5th Annual Golden Halo Awards Celebration tonight. It's at 5:30 at the Jefferson Center. Jay Warren will emcee.

Radford University's Inaugural Women Innovating Business and Leadership Conference is tonight at 6:00. Three successful business women will lead a panel discussion at the College of Business and Economics multi-purpose room.

The first round of the Masters tees off today. The 2013 golf tournament is the first at Augusta National since the club invited two women to join, Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Financier Darla Moore, in August.

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