Groups criticize panel for not hiking minimum wage


Advocacy groups for low-paid workers blasted a Virginia Senate committee for killing two bills that would have raised the minimum wage incrementally over the next three years.

“It is a sad day when politicians prioritize corporate profits over hardworking Virginia families,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia and a member of the Women’s Equality Coalition. “$7.25 is not enough to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head at the same time, and no one who works a full-time job should be living in poverty.”

Supporters of the legislation had hoped Virginia would become the 30th state with a minimum wage above the federally mandated minimum of $7.25 an hour. > Read more.

Democrats seek to protect reproductive rights


In an effort to protect and expand women’s health care in Virginia, House Democrats said Tuesday they have introduced three bills to ensure easier access to abortion and contraceptives.

The bills represent a contrast to Republican measures such as the “Day of Tears” resolution that encourages Virginians to mourn abortion, Democratic legislators and their allies said at a news conference.

Progress Virginia Executive Director Anna Scholl said the General Assembly has seen more than 75 proposals to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care since 2010. She urged legislators to stop making women’s health care political. > Read more.

HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.
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Fourth District Congressional candidates Q&A

The candidates for the Fourth District seat in the U.S. Congress – Democrat Donald McEachin and Republican Mike Wade – answered questions posed by the Henrico Citizen, in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

DONALD MCEACHIN, Democratic Challenger
1. Why should residents of your district vote for you as their representative to Congress?
I’ve spent my career fighting for the underdog. As an attorney, I’ve helped workers fight against the big insurance companies; as a public servant, I have already represented parts of the Fourth District in both the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia. I am prepared and eager to help create opportunities, improve citizens’ quality of life, and move us towards a better future.

2. What will be your top focus if elected?
I want to focus on bringing more well-paying jobs to the district; delivering on our promises to servicemembers, veterans, and military families; ensuring that all Virginians have access to a good education and an adequate safety net; and keeping our communities sustainable and safe. I want to find places where lawmakers from all parties can come together to act in the common interest — for example, by working to expand access to broadband Internet in rural areas. Ensuring access would create new opportunities, improve quality of life, and ultimately strengthen the economy for everyone. > Read more.

Business in brief


ChamberRVA has announced the winners of the 2016 IMPACT Awards which honor local businesses that are making an impact on the local economy, the community and their employees: Small Business Category – Workshop Digital; and Large Business Category – Keiter. Other finalists for this award included Piascik, TrueTimber Arborists, Inc., Dominion Packaging and Dominion Payroll Services. The Innovation Award, part of the Chamber’s i.e.* initiative, was awarded to Nutriati, Inc. Other finalists for this award included Iggbo, MAXX Potential and Tenant Turner. All winners were recognized at the 29th Annual IMPACT Awards Celebration Dinner, held at the Richmond Marriott Nov. 3. > Read more.

Voters to determine fate of bond referendum

$419.8-million plan would fund major school, parks, library, fire, road projects

The most important votes cast in Henrico County next week likely won't be for president.

Instead, they'll be the ones that determine the fate of Henrico's first bond referendum in 11 years – a $419.8-million plan that would fund 26 infrastructure projects countywide.

Among the projects slated for completion with the money:

• construction of new high school technical centers in Eastern Henrico and at Glen Allen High School;

• renovation projects at J.R. Tucker High School, Tuckahoe Middle School and Adams, Chamberlayne, Crestview, Pemberton, Seven Pines and Skipwith elementary schools; > Read more.

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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will present the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at 7 p.m. Celebrate the creative influence of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. This popular annual concert features live performances by the genre’s top artists including local favorite and award-winning guitarist Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots. Participants can meet the headliners and sharpen their skills with an exclusive hands-on guitar workshop, as well. Tickets are $30. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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