Attorney General seeks to expand hate crime definition


Attorney General Mark Herring, backed by Democratic legislators and interfaith leaders, said Friday he will seek to broaden the state’s definition of “hate crime” to cover gender identity, sexual orientation and disability.

“Too many Virginians and folks all around the country have been targeted by a criminal simply because of who they are,” Herring said at a press conference.

State law defines a hate crime as “any illegal act directed against any persons or their property because of those persons’ race, religion, or national origin.” > Read more.

Lawmakers start tackling Virginia’s opioid crisis


Virginia officials are scrambling to get a grasp on the state’s growing opioid epidemic, legislators and health-care leaders said Thursday.

William A. Hazel Jr., the commonwealth’s secretary of health and human resources, gave a presentation to the Senate Education and Health Committee and the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee about the opioid problem and how lawmakers should start to solve it.

Experts – including Dr. Mishka Terplan, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor of obstetrics and gynecology – joined in the presentation. > Read more.

Cocke, Cooper selected to lead School Board


The Henrico County School Board Jan. 12 unanimously elected Brookland District member Beverly Cocke to serve as its chairwoman for 2017 and Fairfield District member Roscoe Cooper III to serve as its vice chair.

Cocke has served on the School Board since 2012 and previously served as chairwoman in 2013. Cooper just completed his first year on the board. > Read more.
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Publix to purchase 7 of 8 Henrico Martin’s stores

Florida grocer previously announced plans to build new Henrico store
JULY 13 – Florida-based Publix will acquire 10 of 19 Martin’s stores in the Metro Richmond area – including all but one of the Henrico stores – the company announced tonight.

The parent company of Martin’s and Giant, Ahold USA Inc., is selling the stores to satisfy Federal Trade Commission requirements related to its pending merger with Food Lion parent company Delhaize Group.

The Henrico stores to be purchased by Publix, pending FTC approval, are located at:

• 7035 Three Chopt Road, in The Village shopping center; > Read more.

Henrico Extension seeks volunteers for financial-literacy training

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is recruiting volunteers who will be trained to promote financial literacy among military veterans and others in the community.

Henrico Extension is working with Extension offices in Chesterfield County and the cities of Richmond and Petersburg to prepare a new class of Master Financial Education Volunteers. Volunteers will receive 20 hours of class instruction and homework on financial literacy so they can share tips and information with neighborhood and civic groups, military veterans and others who may be struggling to make ends meet. > Read more.

Virginia to begin testing mosquitoes for Zika virus

JULY 13, 1:15 P.M. – Virginia officials will begin testing mosquitoes in targeted areas statewide for the Zika virus, Governor Terry McAuliffe said today.

The Department of General Services’ Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) will conduct the testing for the virus, a mosquito-borne illness that poses a particular threat to pregnant woman and their unborn children.

“The surveillance of Zika cases in Virginia is critical to our ability to prepare for and provide treatment to people affected by this virus. This is why I established the Zika task force this past February,” McAuliffe said. > 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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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