What's News Today: January 28, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The first part of a poll about how Virginians feel about public safety and emergency preparedness is released today. The Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU performed the study covering many topics that are currently before the General Assembly, including public safety reforms and parole. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran will join experts for a discussion of the results.

The Shrine Circus returns to the Berglund Center starting today. You can watch acrobats fly through the sky, clowns and animal performers. Tickets start at $8. The show runs through Sunday.

A community outreach summit takes place tonight in Roanoke where local youth, parents, community leaders and prevention organizations will discuss the healthy development of youth. The best ways to promote healthy, safe and drug-free youth will be the main topic of discussion. The summit starts tonight at 6:30 at Pilgrim Baptist Church.

The Roanoke County School Board holds a budget work session tonight. The board will be given the final version of the Facility Use and Demographics Study as well as review the Capital Maintenance Plan. It will also talk about the bus replacement plan and get an update on the propane bus pilot program.

A state of emergency is in effect in Flint, Michigan because of lead in the tap water. That discovery was made by a group of researchers at Virginia Tech. Tonight the team will present their findings. The presentation will provide an overview of the study as well as citizen science, ethics engineering and experiments. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at Goodwin Hall.

Roanoke County holds a public input session tonight about the future of Explore Park. Over the last six months, works has been done to form a master plan for the park will offer in the future. The plan includes areas for ziplining, ropes courses, biking and horseback riding. You can see the plans and give your thoughts starting at six at the Vinton War Memorial.

Honeybee populations across the Commonwealth are declining. To try to reverse this trend, the Virginia Department of agriculture and Consumer Services is holding meetings around the state leading up to forming a Pollinator Protection Plan. The plan will focus on agriculture producers, pesticide applicators and beekeepers and will be developed after receiving input and factoring in costs effectiveness of each component. An input meetings takes place tonight at the Roanoke County South County Library. It is the only session taking place in southwest Virginia.

Henry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton is in Richmond today. He will present an overview of the SOL Innovation Committee's work to the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Education.

The Virginia Lottery hands over a really large $1 million check today in Salem. The winner matched five numbers in the historic $1.5 billion Powerball lottery drawing earlier this month. The check will be present at the store it was bought from, the 7-11 on Roanoke Boulevard.