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McAuliffe vows to veto anti-abortion bills


Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke Jan. 19 in support of legislation proposed by members of the Women’s Health Care Caucus and vowed to veto bills he believes would endanger women’s reproductive rights. McAuliffe said legislators should learn from controversies in North Carolina following the passage of what he called “socially divisive bills.” McAuliffe said he told the General Assembly not to send him these types of bills because they have no chance of becoming law.

“I have sent a strong message already. They have an abortion bill, a 20-week abortion bill, that was signed on by, I think, eight members of the General Assembly. I have made it very clear I will veto it. That bill has zero chance of becoming law in the commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe said. > Read more.

Virginia wine sales increase by 6 percent


Pour yourself a drink and raise a toast to the record 6.6 million bottles of Virginia wine sold last year – an increase of more than 6 percent from 2015.

Officials said Thursday that a new economic impact study shows the state’s flourishing wine industry contributes more than $1.37 billion annually to Virginia’s economy. This is an increase of 82 percent from the last economic impact study in 2010.

“This new study shows that this growth is being driven by small wineries, which demonstrates that the increased rural economic development is truly beneficial to local communities,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a press release. > Read more.

Varina meeting Jan. 26 to highlight public safety efforts in Sandston


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 to discuss public safety efforts in the Sandston area.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave. Nelson will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Police Division for a discussion of its public safety efforts and how residents can help. > Read more.
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GRTC bus rapid transit public meetings scheduled

The GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9 million to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6-mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. The overall cost of the GRTC BRT Project will be supported with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.

The GRTC BRT Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at two public meetings later this month. > Read more.

Henrico Fire conducting 3-day training exercise at Westminster Canterbury

Henrico Fire officials are conducting a comprehensive three-day training exercise this week (Jan. 12-14) at the Westminster Canterbury Richmond continuing care retirement community in northern Henrico.

Though many fire trucks and emergency response vehicles are converging upon the site, there is no actual emergency. WCR is the home of nearly 900 residents and employs 700 people.

The exercise involves many fire units from throughout the county. The training will last all day each of those days to engage three shifts of firefighters. > Read more.

For Sandston group, Africans, a net gain

Church members travel to Ghana to provide ‘More than Nets’
Members of the Sandston Baptist Church with Ghana Baptist Convention members.

Five Members of Sandston Baptist Church recently traveled to Ghana, West Africa to distribute chemically treated mosquito nets to the tribes of people in Yendi through the program More than Nets, a nonprofit that works in conjunction with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and the Ghana Baptist Convention to reduce malaria.

Linda Shobe, 63 and a lifelong member of the church, said that the October trip was the most rewarding and spiritual experience she has had.

“I have wanted to do a mission trip to Africa since I was a young girl, and now I can say that I went,” she said. > 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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The Richmond Raceway Complex has two exciting, albeit very different, events taking place this weekend: the Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale and Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed. If you’re searching for date night ideas, Wild Ponies will be performing at the Henrico Theatre tonight, CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” and The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present Lucinda Childs Dance Company’s production of “Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26 in Alice Jepson Theatre. A seminal collaboration emerging out of one of the most vibrant periods in New York’s art world, “Dance” is a rarely performed signature work by Lucinda Childs, one of the pillars of the Judson Dance Theater collective. There will be a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $20 to $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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