#schoolsafety | ICYMI in Hampton and Newport News: Pet adoptions, school threats, asbestos contamination and more

With dozens of headlines every week, it’s easy to miss some here and there. Get in on the conversation. Here are this week’s most-read stories.

Pet care costs

While adopting an animal means getting a best friend for life, it also can create a burden on owners’ banks accounts. At the Heritage Humane Society, Catherine Lanning, the medical team manager, said staff try to have serious discussions with potential owners about finances before they adopt. READ MORE.

Looking to adopt a pet? Your new furry friend may cost more than you think

Fire station opens

Firefighters from Hampton Fire and Rescue’s Station 7 moved back into the Fox Hill location Friday after recent asbestos contamination. City officials announced Monday the station had reopened after fire officials confirmed air samples and swipe tests performed throughout the building came back negative. READ MORE.

Hampton fire station reopens after asbestos contamination

Social media threats

Nowadays when children strap on their backpacks and head to school, they’re entering a world where they have to understand and report potential threats. Politicians and activists in recent years have been discussing the growing issue of school safety but at the local and state level, the topic of addressing threatening behavior hits close to home. READ MORE.

To punish or teach? Here’s how local school districts handle threats

Fighting opioid addiction

Patient admissions in emergency rooms due to opioids were the highest in Newport News and Hampton in 2017. The data from the Virginia Department of Health showed the two cities ranked in the top five out of 20 counties following Franklin City, Chesapeake and Portsmouth. READ MORE.

Police in Newport News and Hampton now have this tool to help fight opioid addiction

Transitioning out of homelessness

LINK of Hampton Roads is collecting used furniture for people transitioning out of homeless. The nonprofit is looking for donations of the following items: couches, love seats, chairs, tables and chairs, side tables, lamps, coffee tables, beds and bed frames and rugs. READ MORE.

This nonprofit is collecting furniture for vets and people transitioning out of homelessness

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