What's News Today: October 4, 2017

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


The Commonwealth Transportation Board holds a public meeting today about future projects and proposed changes to the project prioritization process. You will have a chance to talk about transportation programs that could get money over the next several years. Tonight's meeting starts at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Lynchburg.

Wythe County Schools holds a leadership meeting today with pastors and other church leaders. Today's meeting follows the removal of a prayer plaque at Spiller Elementary School. They will talk about ways that local churches can have a constructive partnership with the schools.  

Today is Walk to School Day. Hundreds of schools in Virginia are signed up to take part in the day.  It gives students a chance to appreciate the outdoors, learn about safety and healthy habits and how to protect the environment from air pollution given off by cars.  

A community conversation takes place tonight in Roanoke about the opioid and heroin epidemic.  Several people will speak including medical professionals, a former addict and a parent. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Earth Fare holds a job fair today in Roanoke. The organic and natural foods grocery store will hire 130 people for both full and part-time positions in all departments. The job fair run today through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Virginia Western Community College. This is Earth Fare's first location in the Commonwealth.

Total Action for Progress with Men's Wearhouse holds a suit giveaway today. The event will give people the professional appearance they need and the confidence for job interviews. A mini-resource fair will also be held at the event.

A Giles County man, charged with human trafficking, is expected to enter a plea in court today.  Investigators say 54-year-old Gary Gusler of Newport held women against their will in his home after bonding them out of jail. He was arrested in April and held at the New River Valley Jail without bond since.

Route 11 will close again today through Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. as crews perform tests on the Natural Bridge geological formation. School buses and emergency vehicles will still use the highway, but all other traffic will detour onto Interstate 81.

The Senate Select Committee will hold a news conference today about the committee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Virginia Senator Mark Warner is the vice-chair of the committee.

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