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House rejects lethal injection secrecy bill


The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday defeated a bill that would have kept secret the lethal injection process used in executing death row inmates, even under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Senate Bill 1393 sought to keep confidential the names of pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the chemicals used for lethal injections. Many of these foreign companies have been under public scrutiny for facilitating the death penalty and stopped selling the drugs for executions in the U.S.

The bill, which had passed the Senate 23-14 on Feb. 10, failed in the House on a 42-56 vote.

Virginia gives inmates the choice between death by the electric chair or lethal injection, which involves a three-drug compound. > Read more.

The 2 moms who won the right to breast-feed


Last summer, Kate Noon, a mother of two in Richmond, read a news article about Virginia’s dubious distinction as a state where women don’t have the right to breast-feed their children in public. It made her angry, and so she called her state delegate, Jennifer McClellan. About the same time, 100 miles away in Fairfax County, Rebecca Geller, had recently given birth to her third child. “While nursing my newborn daughter, I was alarmed to learn that Virginia did not have legal protections in place for breast-feeding women who wanted to feed their children in public places,” she said. So Geller reached out to her delegate, Dave Albo.

The two mothers were working in parallel paths, attempting to update the law on breast-feeding in Virginia. It is one of three states – along with South Dakota and Idaho – where women lack the right to breast-feed in public. > Read more.
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Henrico School Board weighs projects


Relief for four crowded elementary schools in the Brookland District is on the horizon, but it likely won't come until all four schools are operating at well above their student capacity levels.

Henrico County Public Schools planners are recommending that the School Board add plans to its five-year Capital Improvement Program for multi-classroom additions at Holladay, Glen Allen and Longan elementaries that would total nearly $29 million. Those plans would join existing plans for a $12.7-million classroom addition at Johnson Elementary.

In total, the projects would add 33 new classrooms – eight each at Glen Allen, Johnson and Longan and nine at Holladay – to help relieve anticipated crowding at each schools and at Dumbarton Elementary. > Read more.

Miles of smiles


On Friday nights, a group of about 15 Henrico girls can be found sitting in a circle with balls of variously colored yarn sprawled around them. This designated knitting night has become a tradition for the girls known as Miles of Scarves, a group created in 2009 that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The group recently was named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“When I started this group, I had no idea that this would grow this much,” said Meredith Polk, the founder of Miles of Scarves. > Read more.

Business in brief


The McShin Foundation recently received a charitable donation of 100 EVZIO™ naloxone auto-injectors from Kaléo, a Richmond-based pharmaceutical company. EVZIO, the first and only naloxone product labeled for immediate administration by family members or caregivers as emergency therapy for the treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, is a pre-filled, single-use, hand-held auto-injector that works by temporarily blocking the effect of an opioid, potentially reversing the life-threatening respiratory depression and allowing the recipient to breathe more regularly. Each EVZIO uses voice and visual cues to assist in guiding a user through the injection process and delivers a single 0.4 mg dose of naloxone HCl injection. > Read more.

Henrico HS plans community day

Henrico High School will host a Community Day event on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located at 302 Azalea Avenue.

The event, sponsored by the school's Class of 2015, will include an indoor yard sale and fish fry. Members of the public can reserve a table for $25 apiece to sell crafts, clothes, toys and other items at the yard sale.

There will be a kids' zone and tours of the school, which recently opened its new addition. > Read more.

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Community

Volunteers needed for annual river cleanup at Osborne Park

The 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup will take place at multiple sites among several river localities on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will spend the morning sprucing up the river and several tributary streams by picking up trash.

In addition to volunteers who clean along shoreline areas and trails, boaters also play a crucial role. Paddlers and power-boaters are able to collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that’s difficult to reach by foot. Much of the trash collected is the result of litter that is carried by rain runoff along roadside ditches to streams, and eventually to the James River. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Earth Day Challenge helps homeowners conserve energy

The Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA) and the state’s Virginia Energy Sense program recently launched the Earth Day Challenge with 16 other organizations to help Richmond-area residents make their homes more energy efficient.

To enter the challenge, which runs through Earth Day on April 22, homeowners will conduct a free online energy assessment that will instantly recommend ways they can save energy at home. Participants in the Earth Day Energy Challenge will be entered into a drawing to win one of five free in-home professional energy assessments donated by RREA’s pre-qualified contractors.

Professional home energy assessments, which can cost between $300 and $400, will help identify potential energy wasters in a home — especially those in tough to spot or difficult to access areas like crawl spaces and heating and cooling ducts. The home energy assessment allows the homeowner to prioritize the most cost-effective energy improvements to lower energy bills and live in a more comfortable home. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Don’t rush to see Turbo

Turbo is not a subtle film. Like so many others (Rudy, Rocky – even this summer’s Monsters University), it espouses that with hard work and true passion, anyone can achieve his or her wildest dreams.

But those films dealt out their messages with a deftly human touch. Their heroes did reach greatness, but only for a fleeting moment. Rocky didn’t end his film as the world heavyweight champ, and neither did Rudy end up the quarterback for the Fighting Irish. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Lakeside’s Italian secret

Arianna’s delights with oversized meals priced right
Flavors – such as these slices of fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, drizzled with olives and capers – abound at Arianna’s in Lakeside.
In the Lakeside area of Henrico, you’ll find some well-known places like Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Bryan Park, but you may miss a delicious Italian secret – Arianna’s Grill, located at 5107 Lakeside Avenue.

Fortunately, I live nearby and take advantage of the restaurant’s lunches, dinners and home delivery; I can’t say no to their oversized salads and specialty pizzas. > Read more.

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