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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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Bus fire snarls traffic on 95 South

Three pets killed in nearby house fire

AUG. 17 – Fire aboard a passenger bus Wednesday morning on I-95 South in Henrico County snarled traffic, but no one was injured in the incident. Soon after Henrico Fire officials had extinguished that fire, a nearby house fire killed three family pets.

Henrico Fire officials responded to the bus, which caught fire near the Parham Road exit, at about 8 a.m. The driver of the bus was the only person onboard and was able to exit safely. Firefighters controlled the fire quickly and fully extinguished it shortly after 9:30 a.m.

About 20 minutes later, Fire units – including some of the same ones that responded to the bus fire – were dispatched to a house fire in the 6000 block of Indigo Road in Henrico’s West End. > Read more.

Mr. Peanut spreads birthday cheer


Local residents (from left) Amy Gilbody, Devin Embrey, Annie Gilbody, Ignatius Gilbody and Lilie Gilbody helped celebrate Mr. Peanut's 100th birthday at the Short Pump Walmart Aug. 11. Mr. Peanut, the symbol of Planters Peanuts, is traveling the nation in his Nutmobile in celebration of his birthday year. He made two stops in Henrico; the other was Aug. 14 at the Brook Road Walmart. > Read more.

VHBG to host fifth annual youth triathlon


The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls has partnered with Endorphin Fitness to bring a fifth iteration of its widely popular youth triathlon back to Henrico on Aug. 20.

For the past five years, VHBG has hosted the event, which allows children in the program ages 5-14, as well as local children in the same age range, to participate in the race, which includes running, swimming and biking. More than 225 children are expected to participate in this year’s event. > 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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American Legion Post 125, located at 1401 Hilliard Rd., will hold a dance with a live band every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Snacks and coffee are provided; drinks are available for purchase. All dances are open to the public. Cost is $7 on Fridays and $8 on Saturdays and benefits American Legion Post 125, a nonprofit veterans organization. For details, call 716-0800. Full text

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