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What's News Today: May 24, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - Martinsville native and published author Kristen-Paige Madonia returns to her hometown today to celebrate the release of her second novel, "invisible Fault Lines." The book is a young adult novel about a teenage girl trying to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. Madonia will hold a read and discussion tonight at 6 p.m. at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville.

VDOT holds an information meeting tonight on the 10th Street Improvement Project in Roanoke. A brief presentation will given. The contractor for the project will be there to answer questions and talk about traffic impacts and the construction schedule. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at Villages at Lincoln Community Center.

Firefighters from Virginia and other states will attend training starting today at Longwood University. More than 300 firefighters will take classes on basic wildland firefighting and incident leadership. The training is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the U.S. Park Service.

Meetings are expected to continue today between Kroger and the union representing employees in 41 stores as they work to come to terms on a new contract. Employees voted last week to reject Krogers current offer and to strike if a deal is not reached by the end of the current contract on June 4th.

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance holds its annual Connection Expo today. The event allows businesses in the region to network and get new business contacts and get free health screenings. More than 60 businesses are expected to take part.

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors meets today to finalize its budget and tax rates for next year. Supervisors will approve one of three different budget packages. The proposals increase the county's real estate tax by six to nine cents. The personal property tax rate increases by three percent in all three proposals.