Senate passes voter photo ID measure in close vote

The Virginia Senate recently voted 21-19 to pass a bill to tighten photo requirements for registered voters.

The bill, SB 1253, was introduced by Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, and now will head to the House Privileges and Elections Committee.

The bill grants localities the option to include photographs of registered voters in their electronic poll books. The localities can get access to voter photographs through the DMV or photo identification cards. The department of election will receive and have access to registered voters photographs and by required upon request to provide them to general registrars. > Read more.

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3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.
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For third year, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.

“Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements,” McAuliffe wrote in vetoing HB 1578, sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. “Opening participation in those competitions to individuals who are not required to satisfy the same criteria codifies academic inequality in interscholastic competition.”

This is the third consecutive year that Bell has shepherded such legislation through the General Assembly only to be stopped at the governor’s office. > Read more.
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Henrico citizens take the ‘LEAD’ on program


A little-known observance is beginning to catch on in the Richmond area – and members of Henrico SALT [Seniors and Law Enforcement Together] think it's high time.

Since 2015, a national organization known as Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) has designated Jan. 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and encouraged citizens everywhere to show their support for those who take on difficult and demanding careers in law enforcement.

SALT volunteers – who are often alumni of Henrico Division of Police citizens academies or senior academies – have only recently learned of the occasion, but they have embraced it wholeheartedly. > Read more.

Portion of Route 5 near county line closed until Aug.


Main Street/Route 5 is closed near Rocketts Landing between Williamsburg Road and Nicholson Street at the Richmond-Henrico border until August, so that the Virginia Department of Transportation can replace an aging bridge.

The project will replace the East Main Street bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Though the road is closed to through traffic until Aug. 1, local traffic will be able to reach destinations around the bridge. > Read more.

HCPS facilities closed this weekend


JAN. 6 – All Henrico County Public Schools activities will be held as scheduled today, but school system facilities will be closed Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of inclement weather. All events scheduled Saturday and Sunday at school facilities – whether school-related or community-related – are cancelled. > Read more.

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Community

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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Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man on pipa Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. This program showcases their exceptional stylistic range with selections from “China Song” by the Shanghai’s own second violinist Yi-Wen Jiang; “Song of the Ch’in” by Zhou Long; and “Red Lantern” by Zhao Lin, derived from Zhao Jiping’s “Raise the Red Lantern.” The program concludes with Tan Dun’s “Concerto for Pipa and String Quartet.” Tickets are $36. A pre-show Artistic Viewpoint Discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wu Man will give a pipa demonstration and discuss her musical background Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. in Boatwright Library. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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