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Groups criticize panel for not hiking minimum wage


Advocacy groups for low-paid workers blasted a Virginia Senate committee for killing two bills that would have raised the minimum wage incrementally over the next three years.

“It is a sad day when politicians prioritize corporate profits over hardworking Virginia families,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia and a member of the Women’s Equality Coalition. “$7.25 is not enough to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head at the same time, and no one who works a full-time job should be living in poverty.”

Supporters of the legislation had hoped Virginia would become the 30th state with a minimum wage above the federally mandated minimum of $7.25 an hour. > Read more.

Democrats seek to protect reproductive rights


In an effort to protect and expand women’s health care in Virginia, House Democrats said Tuesday they have introduced three bills to ensure easier access to abortion and contraceptives.

The bills represent a contrast to Republican measures such as the “Day of Tears” resolution that encourages Virginians to mourn abortion, Democratic legislators and their allies said at a news conference.

Progress Virginia Executive Director Anna Scholl said the General Assembly has seen more than 75 proposals to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care since 2010. She urged legislators to stop making women’s health care political. > Read more.

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.
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Business in brief


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Phoenix Fitness and Martial Arts – leased 7,595 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Acision, LLC – leased 3,248 square feet in Waterfront Plaza at 4401 Waterfront Dr.; The Weigh Station – leased 3,129 square feet in the Colonnade Building at 4050 Innslake Dr.; ALPS Insurance Agency, Inc. – leased 2,947 square feet in Interstate Center-Building B at 2112 W. Laburnum Ave.; Firehouse Subs – leased 2,440 square feet in 5215 Shoppes at 5215 W. Broad St.; and W. Moore – renewed its lease of 1,763 in Westerre III at 3900 Westerre Pkwy. > Read more.

Safe Harbor names new director

Safe Harbor has named Cathy Easter as its new executive director.

Easter will lead the Henrico organization's sexual and domestic violence prevention work throughout the Metro Richmond community. She was selected by the Board of Directors' Executive Search Committee to replace Kathleen Demro, who served as the Safe Harbor’s executive director for five years.

Board President Mary Catharine Ginn Kolbert said she is excited to have Easter as the next leader of Safe Harbor.
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A visit to Santa Paws

Some local pet owners took the opportunity to introduce their pets to Santa Claus at Virginia Center Commons mall last month.

Above, Santa poses with four pugs and a cat named Macaroni (owned by Ruth Ferrer and Nancy and Gabriel Williams of Mechanicsville). > 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 Shepherd’s Center concludes its Open University four-week winter lecture series “Lunch and Life” at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Charles Bryan, historian and former CEO at Virginia Historical Society, will present "Our Restless Species: How We Came to Occupy the Globe.” A brown bag lunch precedes at noon with dessert and beverages provided. The series is open to all persons 50+ at no charge. For details, call 355-7282 or visit http://www.tscor.org. Full text

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