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Lawmakers target college tuition and access


Legislators from both parties and both houses of the General Assembly gathered Tuesday to highlight more than 20 bills that they say would improve higher education in Virginia.

More than 10 percent of the state’s lawmakers participated in a news conference at Capitol Square, aiming their comments at university financing practices and tuition assistance.

“Virginians want our public universities to be more transparent, more accountable and more efficient,” said Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax. > Read more.

Hunting dog group rallies against trespassing bill


About 150 hunters and members of the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance turned out at the Virginia Capitol on Tuesday to show their displeasure with a bill that would fine the owners of dogs that trespass on other people’s property.

House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, is sponsoring HB 1900, which would impose a $100 fine if a dog runs at large on property where the owner has given notice verbally, in writing, by placing signs or by marking trees with blue paint on the property line. > Read more.

HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


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.
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Dominion Memorial Scholarship Fund accepting applications


Applications are now open for the Dominion Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will award six new scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

Now in its 10th year, the program was established in memory of three college students with close ties to Dominion who were slain in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Each scholarship provides as much as $5,000 for tuition and fees and is renewable for up to three years, for a total of four years. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek hit-and-run driver


Henrico Police are seeking a hit-and-run driver who collided with a moped driver Oct. 23 in Eastern Henrico, then left the scene.

At 1:19 a.m. that day, Henrico Police came upon the scene of a crash at Williamsburg Road and Eanes Lane, where they found Officers found a moped and its driver laying in the roadway. The driver was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The investigation determined that the scooter was traveling westbound on Williamsburg Road when it was struck by a vehicle that traveling northbound on Eanes Lane. > Read more.

More than 30 residents displaced by apartment fire


More than 30 people were displaced following an apartment fire in the West End Sunday night.

At about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Henrico's 911 center received a call reporting smoke in an apartment in the 4700 block of East Cardinal Court, near the intersection of West Broad Street and Wistar Road. Fire units arrived within four minutes and discovered smoke coming from one of the apartments into the breezeway.

Investigation revealed the fire was in the walls, which affected several different apartments on both the first and second floors in the front and back of the building. Although water reached the fire relatively quickly, the process was time consuming. > 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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The 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. Angela Wood and Natasha Tabon will share their children’s book “The Misadventures of Tood and Taboon: Lost in the Forest” at Fairfield Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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