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What's News Today for Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -   The Susan G. Komen Circle of Hope breakfast is this morning. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  The non-profit will award money raised over the past year to local groups for screenings and mammograms in areas like Martinsville, Danville, Roanoke and Lynchburg.

The 2016 legislative session will be the main topic of discussion at tonight's Town Hall hosted by Senator John Edwards and Delegate Sam Rasoul. You will be able to ask questions in the Roanoke Main Library Auditorium on South Jefferson Street from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Montgomery County School Board will consider modified school start times at tonight's meeting. The proposal, presented by Superintendent Mark Miear would move the current start times for middle and high schools 20 minutes later and the current elementary start times would be 15 minutes later. Changing start times has been an ongoing discussion over the past several months.

The Virginia Military Institute kicks off a three day Environmental Symposium today. Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards who led a research team that exposed the Flint, Michigan water crisis will be one of the speakers. Edwards will join Governor McAuliff at the 27th edition of the symposium. Hundreds of participants exchange information with leaders from Virginia's environmental agencies, industries, and non-profit organizations, sharing changes, challenges, and opportunities in the Commonwealth over the next two to five years.  The sessions will cover issues ranging from Chesapeake Bay clean up to climate change.

There is a new local chapter for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The Ridge and Valley Chapter will serve all of Western Virginia and parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The regional chapter will work toward being a resource for experts in unmanned systems and bring more companies and jobs to the region while working with local colleges and universities to develop educational and workforce development needs. The announcement comes at noon today at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  The university has been studying and testing drones for more than a year.  The only other Virginia chapter is in Hampton Roads.

A traffic alert out of Lynchburg. On Tuesday April 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 6 from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., a portion of the Lynchburg Expressway (Route 29 north) will be restricted to a single lane from the Carroll Avenue exit to the Kemper Street exit. This lane closure is necessary to accommodate the restoration of the guardrail in the area near the Campbell Avenue Bridge. You should use caution while traveling through the work zone and obey temporary signage. Some delays may be expected.

Campbell County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Johnson will give the board of supervisors an overview of the upcoming school budget.  The board will be able to ask questions but the review of the entire county budget is April 12th.