What’s News Today: Business expansion, death penalty

Here’s a look at some of the stories we’ll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

What's News Today (WSLS 10)

The Botetourt County School Board will hold an organizational meeting, where it will elect a chair and vice-chair. The board will then get an update on the construction of the new Colonial Elementary School. It will also look at the draft calendar for the next school year, which has classes starting on Aug. 11 and ending on May 25.

The City of Roanoke’s Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board will meet today. The board was formed to review priorities for equity, to be incorporated into the city’s long-range plan and develop implementation policies and actions. Due to the pandemic, the public cannot attend in person, but can watch on Facebook.

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Cardinal Glass Industries, Roanoke County and the Town of Vinton will hold a ribbon-cutting. Cardinal Glass has invested $8 million to expand its operations in the Vinton Business Center.

Six African-American faith leaders in Virginia will hold a news conference today, calling for an end of the death penalty. They are expected to talk about the history of the death penalty, racial bias in the criminal justice system and the spiritual importance of abolition.

The Danville School Board will get a briefing as it looks to update its Strategic Plan. The plan will guide the school system over the next five years. There are public meetings starting next week, where the community can give feedback. There’s also a survey online.

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