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What's News Today: March 22, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia holds an awareness benefit reception tonight as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month. Retired Navy Admiral John Heckman will speak. He is a member of several veteran organizations and tells the story of fallen veterans.

The Salem School Board meets tonight to talk about how teacher pay ranks compared to other districts in the Roanoke Valley. The presentation will show that Salem remains competitive in pay for first year teachers and those with 30 years of experience, but falls behind other districts in the valley for teachers who are in the middle of their careers.

Virginia lawmakers will start their day in Lynchburg for Pancakes and Politics. The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance hosts the event to update members on legislation the group supported as well as to talk about the impact new laws will have on the business community. Several senators and delegates that serve central Virginia are expected to attend.

The two day Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit begins today. The event features student exploratory sessions as well as sessions for educators where they will learn lessons they can take back to the classroom. Several awards will be given out as well.

Martinsville City Council holds a public hearing and final vote on a $10 million bond package. The money will be used for the city's sewer interceptor project. Council will also present a proclamation honoring the Martinsville High School Boys Basketball Team after winning the Group 2A State Championship.

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors could take the next steps today to make the Daleville Greenway a reality. The board will vote to begin negotiations with contractors who submit bids for the project. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2017 and take about a year at a cost of about $600 thousand.

The Foundation for Roanoke Valley will hold an awards breakfast this morning where it will announce winners from Roanoke Valley Gives Day. Awards will be given to the non-profits who raised the most money and those with the most unique donors. Roanoke Valley Gives was held last week raising more than $371 thousand for area charities.

You can eat out tonight and help the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. Ten percent of sales from five to ten tonight at McAlister's Deli in Roanoke will go to the center. The non-profit provides education and services for children and their families affected by autism and learning disabilities.

Roanoke based Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project will participate in a World Water Day summit in Washington D.C. Today. The Obama Administration is holding the event to raise awareness about the importance of water and to highlight new commitments to build a sustainable future. SERCAP serves seven states in the southeast with water, wastewater and community development needs.