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Assembly amends description of ‘dangerous dog’


Both the House and Senate have unanimously approved a bill that would change the legal description of a “dangerous dog” and possibly put fewer animals on a state registry.

HB 2381 cleared the Senate, 40-0, on Tuesday after winning approval in the House on Feb. 6. The bill now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his signature.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Del. Matthew Farris of Rustburg, wants to give a dog the benefit of the doubt if it bites a person or another animal. > Read more.

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.

HDH doctor performs region’s first Linx surgery for acid reflux


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently performed its first Linx surgery, a minimally-invasive procedure that brings permanent relief to patients with acid reflux.

Performed by Dr. Clifford Smith, Richmond Surgical at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, the case is the first in Central Virginia.

“While medications remain a popular choice for patients suffering with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the symptoms and side-effects can be painful," Smith said. > Read more.
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Fairfield MS counseling program earns acclaim


The counseling program at Henrico County’s Fairfield Middle School recently earned an elite designation from the American School Counselor Association, which named it a “Recognized ASCA Model Program.”

The designation means that Fairfield’s counseling department has implemented a national model stressing comprehensive, data-driven school counseling. Schools must have an established counseling foundation, deliver services effectively, put management systems in place and have ways to measure counseling performance.

Fewer than 600 schools nationwide have received the honor since it was first awarded in 2004. The designation is valid for five years, after which schools must reapply. > Read more.

Henrico Fire, USMC hold joint training

Henrico County Division of Fire’s Technical Rescue Team conducted joint training with the Regional USMC Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) Feb. 2-6. The two teams conducted joint training focusing on skills for rope rescue, confined space, and tactical applications.

The training session Friday combined together all of the skills reviewed during the week into one scenario. The scenario began with the report of a catastrophic incident, and the CBIRF team responded in to assist. The team then searched for missing workers in a quarry. > Read more.

State takes back 68 inmates

Wade credits Citizen article with relieving Henrico jails
The Henrico County Jail gained some breathing room last week when the Virginia Department of Corrections moved 68 of its inmates who were being housed in county facilities and were overdue for transfer to state facilities.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade, who has held office since 2000, said that he had never seen so many inmates transferred in one day. He attributed the state’s actions to a Jan. 8 Citizen article detailing the overcrowding in the jail. By Jan. 21, the 68 overdue inmates were sleeping in state-run facilities.

“It’s because of your article,” said Wade. “I don’t believe in coincidences. They didn’t have any sort of conversation about it, they just said to have these 68 people ready and that we had 24 hours to deliver.” > 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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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 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. Ariel Wilkerson will share her children’s book “Riley and How It All Started” at Fairfield Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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