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What's News Today for Tuesday, September 26, 2017

News and events happening today

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ROANOKE – Three people die from opioid overdoses each day in Virginia.  Dozens more are treated in emergency rooms across the state. Local and international experts will gather at the University of Virginia to share ideas on how to tackle the opioid epidemic.  The conference will focus on solutions developed by community members and health care professionals.  The event will feature speakers from UVA, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Department of Health and others.


Virginia State Police and Virginia Tech Police are recruiting at one of the largest Law Enforcement Hiring events in state history.  The Virginia Law Enforcement Hiring Expo is today in Norfolk.  The 25 agencies are encouraging anyone with an interest in a career in law enforcement to attend.    Many agencies are hiring dispatchers and administrative support staff... But want to meet with people interested in being officers.


People are planning to rally in front of the Roanoke City Jail tonight, calling for "No More Jail Deaths".  They say six people have died there in the last two years... And the reports form the jail have been questionable.   Organizers want more investment in local communities like living wage jobs, affordable housing, mental health and drug treatment programs.


St. John Neumann Academy in Blacksburg is dedicating its new school this morning. Construction was on schedule, just eleven months after breaking ground.  The new school building and site will allow for growth in enrollment of its Preschool - 8th Grade classes and includes a multipurpose room with stage, sixteen classrooms, a technology learning lab, chapel and school playground.