Former Three Chopt District supervisor Kaechele dies


JAN. 20, 9:25 A.M. – Former Three Chopt District Supervisor David A. Kaechele – who served nine terms and nearly four decades on the Henrico Board of Supervisors, overseeing a time of significant growth in his district – has died. He was 85.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced Kaechele's death in a countywide e-mail this morning. Kaechele retired from the board at the conclusion of his ninth term in 2015. David A. Kaechele Elementary School in the Three Chopt District bears his name.

All Henrico County flags will fly at half-staff in Kaechele's honor through Jan. 27, Vithoulkas said. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. > Read more.

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.
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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.
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Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will present a screening of the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress, and the Science of Hope” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital. “Resilience” is the companion film to “Paper Tigers,” which follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Washington State who radically changed its approach to student discipline, with radically positive results. A short discussion will follow. Admission is free. To reserve a seat, visit http://tinyurl.com/SCANmovie. Full text

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