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Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

JetBlue to add Boston flights
Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets. > Read more.

Legislation seeks local stormwater program opt-out

A stormwater management bill that incorporates three other bills and would allow some localities to opt-out of implementing local stormwater runoff management programs passed the House with a 93 to one vote.

House Bill 1173 would require the Department of Environmental Quality to establish a Virginia Stormwater Management Program for a locality that chooses not to implement a local program and does not have a municipal separate storm-sewer system (MS4), which exists in densely-populated urban areas. > Read more.

Legislation safeguards pets against domestic violence

At least 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters have reported their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets, according to the American Humane Association.

Delegate Benjamin Cline, R-Amherst, says he hopes to give solace to these pets and their owners with House Bill 972. The bill states that a protective order may grant possession of the family pet to the petitioner and prohibit further violence directed toward the pet. If passed, Virginia will join the 23 states that already have laws protecting companion animals. > Read more.

Bill seeks school area for nursing mothers

An education bill would require school boards to designate an area in each of their schools for a mother employed by the school board or enrolled as a student to express milk for her child.

House Bill 720 would require each school board to set aside a non-restroom space out of public view in a school for mothers to take breaks of “reasonable length” during the school day to express milk to feed a child under the age of one year. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based RF&P Federal Credit Union has changed its name to RiverTrace Federal Credit Union. The company was founded in 1956 to serve the financial needs of RF&P employees and their families. After being granted a community charter in 2013, RF&P membership was expanded to include anyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Hanover, Henrico or Chesterfield counties or the City of Richmond. The new name and tagline were developed as a tribute to the James River, the early beginnings of Richmond and the establishment of trade and commerce in the New World. > Read more.

2015 UCI championships to begin in Henrico

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships, a nine-day cycling event that is expected to attract 450,000 spectators to the Richmond region, will begin officially with a day of racing through Eastern Henrico County.

The team time trial will be held Sept. 20, 2015, with teams departing from Rocketts Landing and heading east into Varina on Route 5, before winding through Richmond National Battlefield Park, a historic Civil War site. Riders then then will circle back and enter the City of Richmond in Shockoe Bottom, finishing with a 350-meter-long climb of Governor Street next to the Virginia State Capital and dash down Broad Street to the Convention Center. > Read more.

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Community

Milestones

John Hutcheson, Jr., son of Rossie and Randy Hutcheson; Graham Jones, son of The Rev. and Mrs. Gary D. Jones; and Warren Snead, III, son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr., of Richmond, were recently inducted into the Order of Gownsmen at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The Order of the Gowsnmen is a unique student government body among U.S. colleges and universities. Since 1875 the Order of Gownsmen has remained the body responsible for maintaining the spirit, traditions, and ideals of the University of the South. The wearing of the gown is both a sign of academic achievement and a promise to continue the ideals and traditions of the university. > 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.

Milestones

Navy Midshipman Peyton B. Walsh, son of Mary O. and Patrick B. Walsh of Glen Allen, recently completed Plebe Summer while attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Plebe Summer is the summer training program required of all incoming freshmen to the naval academy. Walsh will go on to complete the academic year as a midshipman. He is a 2010 graduate of Deep Run High School. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health > Read more.

2011 Virginia Winery Guide available

The 2011 Virginia Winery Guide, produced by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office, is now available to the public. The guide includes information about all 190 wineries in the state, as well as a detailed driving map of the state and wineries. The listings include the location, hours, directions and contact information for each winery. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared in recent health inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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