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.
By SaraRose Martin, Capital News Service 01/19/2017 General Assembly
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/16/2017 Henrico Schools
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/13/2016 Henrico Business
HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital this week will celebrate the official opening of its new women's hospital at it Forest campus.
The facility, which is attached to Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, includes a newly added 12,000-square-foot triage area and lobby with direct access for patients, 16 labor and delivery rooms, a renovated 29-room mother-baby unit and a 27-room antepartum unit. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/09/2016 Henrico Business
Fareva Richmond this week opened an aerosol production facility at its Varina location – an addition that will result in the creation of 80 to 100 new jobs. The $40-million facility, on Darbytown Road, will produce drug, over-the-counter and beauty products. Its capacity is 100 million aerosol cans.
A second phase is under consideration and could increase that capacity to 250 million cans, according to company officials. It would require an additional investment of $15 million to $20 million and would create about 150 new jobs. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/09/2016 Henrico Government
The ninth-annual All Henrico Reads program next April will feature The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by New York Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery.
All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that provides an opportunity for people to discuss a shared reading experience. It is sponsored by the Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library
The event will culminate with a visit from Montgomery Wednesday, Apr. 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. > Read more.
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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.
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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CalendarThe Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. Louis Bruno will share his book “Selection: A Life and Death Saga” at Libbie Mill Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text