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Attorney General seeks to expand hate crime definition


Attorney General Mark Herring, backed by Democratic legislators and interfaith leaders, said Friday he will seek to broaden the state’s definition of “hate crime” to cover gender identity, sexual orientation and disability.

“Too many Virginians and folks all around the country have been targeted by a criminal simply because of who they are,” Herring said at a press conference.

State law defines a hate crime as “any illegal act directed against any persons or their property because of those persons’ race, religion, or national origin.” > Read more.

House Democrats focus on jobs, wage reform


The Virginia House Democrats outlined their legislative agenda to raise the minimum wage, increase workforce training and protect minority rights during this General Assembly session.

The caucus, led by House Minority Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville, held a press news conference Thursday to reaffirm efforts to boost Virginia’s economy. “Our priority is to be laser-focused on creating jobs. That’s what our governor has done, that’s what we have tried to support, and that’s the positive message that Virginians want to hear,” Toscano said.

Democratic representatives took turns introducing legislation aimed to improve workforce practices. > Read more.

Lawmakers start tackling Virginia’s opioid crisis


Virginia officials are scrambling to get a grasp on the state’s growing opioid epidemic, legislators and health-care leaders said Thursday.

William A. Hazel Jr., the commonwealth’s secretary of health and human resources, gave a presentation to the Senate Education and Health Committee and the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee about the opioid problem and how lawmakers should start to solve it.

Experts – including Dr. Mishka Terplan, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor of obstetrics and gynecology – joined in the presentation. > Read more.
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‘Scouting for Food’ collections to be picked up Saturday

The Boy Scouts of America Heart of Virginia Council's annual "Scouting for Food" food drive concludes this weekend, and scouts who dropped off grocery bags last weekend at thousands of area homes will return Nov. 1 to collect those bags that have been filled with groceries.

Residents who miss the pick-up but who still wish to donate food may take their bags of food to the purple drop boxes at any Martin's Food Market locations in the region. > Read more.

Henrico confirms 10th rabies case of the year

A dead raccoon found by two dogs in Henrico's West End last Saturday has tested positive for rabies. It is the tenth rabies case confirmed in the county this year.

Police responded to the 200 block of Roslyn Hills Drive near River Road in the Tuckahoe District Oct. 25 after a caller's dogs brought the dead raccoon to the residence. The remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, which came back positive Oct. 28. > Read more.

Firefighters quickly extinguish northern Henrico apartment blaze

UPDATE: OCT. 29, 5 P.M. – An apartment fire in northern Henrico this afternoon did little damage today, thanks to a quick response by Henrico Firefighters.

Firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Presidential Drive, near Brook Road, at 3:20 p.m. in response to a call for a fire. No one was home in the apartment, and all occupants in the other apartments were able to make it out of the building uninjured. > 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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Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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. Malur Vijay will share the book “Towards Thin Air” at Twin Hickory Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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