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What's News Today: May 27, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues its outlook for the 2016 hurricane season today. Experts will also highlight upgrades and new tools they think will improve hurricane track and intensity forecasts. Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st.

Historians and students of the American Civil War will be at Virginia Military Institute starting today for the Stonewall Jackson Symposium. People from 16 states and Canada will attend the event which shows off the area where Stonewall Jackson lived and the school where he taught before becoming a military leader. The event wraps up on Saturday.

Roanoke's Festival in the Park kicks off today. People from around the country will attend the three day music festival. Bands begin taking the stage this evening at 5:30 p.m. Local groups Low Low Chariot, Corry Hunley and the Millionaires and Rutledge perform before Parrots of the Caribbean.

Miss America, Betty Cantrell visits Martinsville starting today. She will attend a luncheon and private tour of Hamlet vineyards before being guest of honor at a mother-daughter tea. She will attend other events this weekend, including a gala at Piedmont Arts.

The man convicted of helping his brother escape custody gets out of prison. Michael Morva is scheduled for "good time release" today. Morva was convicted of burglary and conspiring to help a prisoner escape. The charges stem from a 2006 incident when Morva's brother, William, escaped from custody. During the resulting manhunt, William killed unarmed security guard Derrick McFarland and Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Sutphin. William is on death row.