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Over Democrats’ objections, Senate OKs ‘religious freedom’ bill


Democratic officials and the American Civil Liberties Union blasted Republican senators after they passed a “religious freedom” bill that would protect people who refuse to marry same-gender couples.

HB 2025, sponsored by Del. Nicholas Freitas, R-Culpeper, cleared the Senate on Thursday on a party-line vote of 21-19. The bill protects organizations and their employees who refuse to participate in the “solemnization” of marriage based on a “sincerely held religious belief.”

Freitas said the legislation was a response to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that prohibits state contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation. > Read more.

Henrico Police receive donated canine ballistic vest


The Henrico County Police Division Feb. 15 received a ballistic vest for one of its newest canines after a donation initiated by the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents in New Kent County.

The Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents made a monetary donation to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Sarah Ann McLaughlin, who was a communications officer with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the daughter of Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his wife, Robin. She also was an avid animal enthusiast, and their donation was intended for the purchase of a bullet resistant vest for a canine. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office does not have a canine, so Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. offered to purchase a vest for a Henrico County police canine. > Read more.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield becomes title sponsor of Innsbrook 5k event


FEB. 14 –Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will become the title sponsor of the Anthem Corporate Run, an annual 5k corporate run/walk in Innsbrook, the company and Sports Backers announced today. This year's event will be held June 8 in the Innsbrook Office Park. The event features hundreds of corporate teams and is designed as an opportunity for employers to promote the message of employee health and wellness in a team-building environment that also promotes networking.

“One of our goals is to help our clients understand the benefits of physical activity for their employees, and events like the Anthem Corporate Run are a great way to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for companies across the Richmond region and for Anthem associates,” said C. Burke King, Anthem president. > Read more.
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Henrico Police seeking suspect in carjacking, bank robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who carjacked a woman May 6 and who may also have robbed a Henrico bank later that day.

Shortly after 1 p.m. that day, a male suspect approached an adult female while she was sitting in her vehicle in a parking lot in the 8900 block of Quioccasin Road, brandished a handgun and forced the victim out of her vehicle. The suspect drove off in the victim’s 2002 beige Toyota Camry.

About half an hour later, the Franklin Federal Credit Bank in the 7000 block of Three Chopt Road was robbed by a male suspect who was seen leaving in the same car. > Read more.

Pocahontas MS to participate in Relay for Life

At Pocahontas Middle School, cancer awareness has been a passionate school-year mission. A focus that began in summer 2013 culminates June 6 when the Henrico County school participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

At the all-night fundraiser, teams will take turns walking or running the school’s track. Participants will also celebrate survivors and remember loved ones who have died.

In the fall, the entire school read “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie” by teacher-turned-author Jordan Sonnenblick, and incorporated the cancer-themed young adult novel into the curriculum. > Read more.

Close-out auction at Rocketts landing generates $7.3M in sales


A May 20 close-out auction of 29 remaining residences at Rocketts Landing generated $7.3 million in sales in 45 minutes, according to Rocketts Landing developer The WVS Companies. The one- and two-bedroom units ranged in price from $150,000 to $476,000. They were among the last remaining units in Phase 1 of development at the site.

“The goal of the auction at Rocketts Landing was to close out Phase I of the development by creating an opportunity for the market to speak and set the prices,” said Jason Vickers-Smith, president of The WVS Companies. > 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


Dance the night away at Henrico’s “Legendary Dance Night” – tomorrow at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center! The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts is also offering some legendary music – check out Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles tonight and the Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man on Sunday – and Suzie and the G-Tones will perform at the Bryan Park Bar and Grill in Lakeside. If you’re searching for a family-friendly option, the film “Annie” will be at the Henrico Theatre for two showings tomorrow. Tickets are only $1! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host an Artists’ Reception for the MidAtlantic Pastel Society 1st Annual Judged Exhibit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Formed in 2015, the MidAtlantic Pastel Society is a not-for-profit association of pastel painters of all levels of experience. The exhibit, on display through March 26, showcases the works of many subjects in various styles, all in the medium of pastels. Wine and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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