What's News Today: May 23, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The Destination Imagination team from Valley Elementary School in Bath County will compete in the Global Finals in Tennessee starting today. The team is made up of seventh graders. They work together on problems and challenges, while sticking to deadlines and meeting budgets. The team placed in the top three in the state finals last month.

The Special Olympics Little Feet Meets takes place today at Northside High School. Twelve hundred athletes from pre-schools and elementary schools will take part in events like the 25 meter walk/run, tennis ball throw and standing long jump. Students at Northside will serve as volunteers.

You can view and provide feedback about Blacksburg's Climate Action Plan tonight at an input session. The plan includes energy conservation at home, transportation and recycling. Comments received will be reviewed and could be included in the final draft of the report which will be presented to Town Council. There is another session on Sunday.

Salem City Council could finalize its new budget tonight. The nearly $76 million proposal includes an pay increase for staff of 2.5 percent. The school system will receive $19 million dollars. Water rates will increase three percent starting in January.

Law enforcement across the nation kick off the Click it or Ticket enforcement program today. The program raises awareness about the importance of seat belt usage. Deputies in Nelson County will work overtime for the next two weeks to help enforce seat belt laws and keep roads safe.

Kroger and the union representing employees working for 41 stores from Kingport Tennessee to Harrisonburg will meet today in an attempt to come to an agreement. Last week, union members voted to reject Krogers contract offer. They also voted to go on strike if a new deal cannot be worked out. The grocery chain and the union have signed a contract extension which expires on June 4th.

The City of Lynchburg will celebrate 15 years of progress since adopting the Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan. Part of that plan calls for converting traffic on Church and Main Streets from one way to two way streets. Tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, city staff will give information about the possible change as well as hear your comments.

If you travel in Blacksburg, there is a road closure that could affect your commute. Southgate Drive between Route 460 and Beamer Way will be down to one lane between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. today. Flaggers will control traffic during this time. Starting tonight at 6 p.m., Southgate Drive will close for several days while crews work to install two drainage pipes. You will need to use Prices Fork Road to enter the Virginia Tech campus. The road is expected to reopen on Friday.

The Bedford County Board of Supervisors will vote tonight to enter into a contract to construct the new Stewartsville Convenience Center. The board will vote to spend up to $530 thousand to construct the trash and recycling facility on Drewry's Hill Road.