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Police seek information about murder

Henrico Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the murder of a 22-year-old Henrico man March 25.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to a firearm violation in the 200 block of Newbridge Circle. Responding officers located an adult male victim, 22-year-old Justin Gabriel Rogers of the 2400 block of Bromby Street, with obvious signs of trauma. He was dead upon the officers' arrival. The motive and cause of death is unknown, and detectives are continuing their investigation. > Read more.

Governor orders training for ABC agents


Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

This comes a week after McAuliffe called for the State Police to investigate ABC enforcement officers’ arrest of a University of Virginia student, Martese Johnson. Johnson, who needed 10 stitches in his head, said the agents used excessive force.

The governor issued a press release outlining Executive Order 40, which will require “the immediate retraining of all ABC special agents in the areas of use of force, cultural diversity, effective interaction with youth, and community policing.” > Read more.
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Panel kills car title, payday loan regulations


Car title and payday loan vendors will face no new hurdles this year, after a House committee killed seven bills that would have further regulated or even banned such businesses.

The House Committee on Commerce and Labor voted down the bills on Tuesday.

Payday and car title loans are perennially under fire from both sides of the aisle for what critics call predatory lending practices and outrageously high interest rates. > Read more.

HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.

Don’t start school before Labor Day, group says


Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

A half-dozen bills before the General Assembly seek to eliminate the so-called “King’s Dominion law” and give school boards the authority to begin classes before Labor Day. The bills’ proponents say a pre-Labor Day start of the school calendar would boost students’ academic performance.

But officials from tourist destinations like Virginia Beach and Williamsburg disputed the alleged benefits of starting school before Labor Day and said it would be a bad idea. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Celebrate heritage and community this weekend in Henrico! Historic Bloemendaal at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will highlight music and activities from the Garden’s past. On Saturday, the North Airport Drive Civic Association will host Highland Springs Community Day. Other fun events this weekend include the K-Cettes craft and bake sale, a Global Sounds music event at UR and an organ recital at River Road Church Baptist. For more, click here! > Read more.

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Henrico has two races to offer this weekend and both are for a great cause – Stop Child Abuse Now’s Race to Protect Children and the Make it Happen 5K to benefit the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation. Music lovers also have some choices this weekend – The Honky Tonk Experience and Steve Smith and Hard Road are performing – and the film “Sound of Music” is playing at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

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If you’ve eaten a few too many Peeps this Easter weekend, the annual Henrico 5K Run/Walk takes place Saturday in Innsbrook. Other Easter happenings include Oak Hall Baptist Church’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, an Easter Improv Show with West End Comedy and a visit with Peter Rabbit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Learn something new this weekend! Study the art of origami or discover some new southern slow cooker recipes. Find a career that makes you happy or learn how to relieve stress. And did you know that one donation of blood can help support up to three patients’ lives? For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces 2014 Tabby award winners

The Joshua Plant, which made its world premiere at CAT Theatre in January, took top honors at CAT’s 2014 Tabby Awards, held July 20. Written by Amy Berlin and P. Ann Bucci, The Joshua Plant was the winner of CAT's 50th Anniversary Original Play contest and was chosen from dozens of entries. The Joshua Plant began as a 10-minute play that was a finalist in the 2005 Chicago Dramatist Fall Ten Minute Workshop. Since then, it has had three developmental readings with Phoenix Theatre and a staged reading at the Pandora Festival, as well as a reading at the Richmond Public Library as part of the Richmond Writer's series. > Read more.

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

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