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House committee to weigh Farrell’s workers’ compensation reform bill


A key House committee plans to review a bill by Henrico Del. Peter Farrell that he said would make workers’ compensation more fair and transparent.

The bill, HB378, would establish fee schedules for medical services. Farrell said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the bill’s future.

“For at least four or five years now, we’ve been trying to figure out how to come up with a more transparent reimbursement system in our workers’ compensation world in Virginia,” he said. > Read more.

Senate passes McEachin’s toxic waste inventory bill


The Virginia Senate passed a bill by Henrico Sen. Donald McEachin to require the Department of Environmental Quality to create an inventory of toxic waste sites not managed by the EPA.

The legislation, SB 227, passed Friday 38-1. Sen. Richard Black, R-13, was the only vote against the bill. Despite multiple attempts, Black could not be reached for a comment.

The victory for McEachin comes the day after his environmental agenda took a devastating blow in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, of which he is a member. > Read more.

Panel backs ‘religious freedom’ to reject same-sex marriage


Government officials who are authorized to perform marriages could refuse to marry same-sex couples under a bill approved Monday by the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee over the objections of LGBT advocates.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Equality Virginia and other groups opposed Senate Bill 41, which also states that religious organizations and their employees may deny “services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges” for a marriage if it would “violate a sincerely held religious belief.”

Splitting along party lines, the committee voted 8-7 in favor of SB 41, which was sponsored by Sen. Charles Carrico, R-Galax. > Read more.
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UCI cyclists train for team time trial

Cyclists trained this morning in Varina for the team time trial event tomorrow as part of the UCI Road World Championships. Here, they turned from Mill Road onto Battlefield Park Drive. > Read more.

Firefighters rescue 4 from Essex Village fire

SEPT. 18, 4:09 P.M. – Henrico Firefighters rescued four people from an Essex Village apartment after a small kitchen fire broke out in the residence.

Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Engleside Circle, near Richmond International Raceway, at 2:36 p.m. Occupants in the apartment were alerted to the fire in the apartment by a smoke alarm. The first units to arrive made it on scene in five minutes and reported smoke from the front of the apartment building and a small child being handed out a second story window to another adult below. Crews quickly rescued four additional residents from the second story bedroom windows. > Read more.

Henrico prepares for UCI cycling races

Road closures planned during races Sept. 19, 20, 23
Competitors in the UCI championships train on Lakeside Avenue Friday morning.
The UCI Road World Championships, which will take place in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties Sept. 19-27, will result in temporary road closures in Henrico County for races on Saturday, Sept. 19; Sunday, Sept. 20; and Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The first two days of racing – Saturday's practice runs and Sunday's men's and women's team time trials – will begin in Lakeside at Lewist Ginter Botanical Garden and travel through a wide portion of Varina as well. > Read more.

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Architect of World Trade Center Memorial to speak in Henrico


Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.

Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.

Environmental Film Festival planned for February


The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.

A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.

A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
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