What's News Today: April 21, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


A Danville woman will be sentenced today for stabbing a woman to death.  Aisha Saunders plead guilty in March to four charges, including second degree murder.  She was accused of stabbing Octrival Townes and cutting another woman in November 2015 after the three got into an argument. 

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council holds TechNite 2017 at the Hotel Roanoke.  It's a networking event for the technology community.  Hundreds of leaders in the fields of business and innovation are expected to attend. 

Virginia Tech holds its Relay for Life tonight on the Drillfield.  The group hopes to raise $600,000 for the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease.  So far, nearly $400,000 has been raised.  The event runs from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

New River Community College holds its final forum today in its search for a new president.  The community is invited to hear from the candidate and ask questions starting at 11 a.m. at the New River Valley Mall campus.

Today is the deadline to give your thoughts about the Reimagine 419 plan ahead of the Roanoke County Planning Commission's Public Hearing on May 2nd.  The county wants to build a town center in the Tanglewood Mall area.  The proposal includes an open air market, lined with stores instead of an enclosed mall.  The roads would have fewer traffic lights and a diverging diamond, as well as sidewalks and bike lanes.  

The Support Our Troops rally in Lynchburg celebrates a milestone today.  This is the 800th week that troops have met at Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg.  The first rally took place in November 2001, recognizing the service of veterans and those currently serving.  The rally happens at noon in front of the Dough Boy Statue on Church Street.

The annual Chance Crawford Benefit Softball Tournament takes place starting today.  The tournament started in 1981 to help a young Salem High School quarterback who suffered a spinal cord injury during a football game.  Money raised helps people in the community with medical and educational expenses.  Over the last 36 years, the tournament has raised more than $800,000. 

Virginia Western Community College holds a manufacturing summit today.  Leaders from the region will take part in an effort to build a stronger manufacturing community in the region.