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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


Adam Jones, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in Glen Allen, recently attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. Each year, managing partners throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by showing strong and inspiring leadership while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year are recognized. This year, Jones joins a group of 20 managing partners selected from the more than 460 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North America. The Glen Allen LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 11311 West Broad Street. > Read more.

Schools sales tax holiday returns this weekend

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear and school and office supplies begins Friday, Aug. 1.

During the three-day event, most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each, will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.

The list of tax-exempt items is the same as last year. > Read more.

First Capital Bank to ‘Stuff the Bus’ in August

First Capital Bank will kick off the school year with its seventh-annual "Stuff the Bus" event, which is designed to collect school supplies for students in need.

During the month of August, First Capital Bank officials will host five collection events in the metro Richmond region, including one in Henrico County Aug. 16, at the Short Pump Walmart on West Broad Street at Pump Road.

On that day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., bank officials will park a school bus in front of the store, which will serve as a drop-off point for pencils, notebooks, glue sticks and other new school supplies donated by shoppers. > 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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Lakeside Youth Baseball, now in its 63rd year, will hold in-person registration Jan. 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belmont Golf Course Clubhouse, 6000 Hilliard Rd. LYB is open to boys and girls ages 4-16 (must be four years old by April 30, 2017). Registration is $110 for one child or $160 for two children with a $190 household maximum. Fee includes complete uniform. In-person registration continues Feb. 4 and 11. Late fees apply after Feb. 11. Skill assessments are planned for Feb. 25-26 at Improve Your Game. Online registration is available at http://www.lakesideyouthbaseball.org. Full text

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