What's News Today: March 17, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - Many people are likely to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the Blacksburg Police Department and No Hokie Left Behind are teaming up with Hooptie Rides to make sure everyone gets home safely. Anyone in need of a ride can go to the corner of Main Street and College Avenue. The rides will be given to anywhere within Blacksburg from 11 p.m. To 3 a.m. Because of an expected increase in people walking, College Avenue will be closed.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues its spring outlook and flood risk today. The outlook is issued to prepare emergency managers as well as state and local governments for what could happen over the next three months. Forecasters will talk about expected temperatures, precipitation and drought.

The Lynchburg Voters League will hold a Candidate Public Forum tonight. Candidates running for city council and treasurer will attend the event. The forum starts tonight at seven at Court Street Baptist Church.

Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg holds another town-gown meeting tonight. Tech President Timothy Sands and town Mayor Ron Rordam will talk about the partnership between the two entities and address concern and possibilities for the future. These meeting allow people from both the town and university to exchange ideas and concerns to make the community better.

The Harlem Globetrotters perform tonight at the Berglund Center as part of the team's 90th season celebration. Tickets are still available for tonight's show. Last week, Globetrotter Ambassador Blakes Buckets visited with students at James Breckenridge Middle School and Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital.

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, IHOP is offering a great deal. Today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you'll be able to get a short stack of pancakes for just one dollar. This is the first time the restaurant chain has offered the deal.

A 25 year old receives her sentence today after pleading guilty in September to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and witness intimidation.  Laura Cook is expected in federal court this morning at 11 a.m.  Terrell Banker is also charged in this case. According to federal court documents, Banker set up an encounter between a girl under the age of 18 and an unidentified man at a Roanoke motel for $200. The girl was a runaway from Salem. Documents also show that Banker gave drugs to a friend in exchange for having sex with the minor.