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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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Fairfield meeting Oct. 20 to highlight GRTC service in Henrico

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 20 to discuss the GRTC Transit System and its service in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

GRTC CEO David Green and representatives of the Henrico Department of Public Works will join Thornton for the discussion and will answer questions. > Read more.

Tuckahoe town meeting Oct. 20 to highlight recycling programs

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will hold a town meeting Monday, Oct. 20 to discuss the importance of recycling programs in Henrico County.

The meeting will include sessions at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive.

Two representatives of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority — Public Information Coordinator Nancy Drumheller and Board of Directors member Marcia Kelley — will join O’Bannon for a presentation and will answer questions. > Read more.

Parade of Homes underway


The 63rd Annual Parade of Homes – the prime real estate event of the year – returned to the Greater Richmond area Oct. 4 for three weekends to showcase the best new homes, design and construction techniques in the region to the public.

The free, signature event for the Richmond real estate industry is hosted by the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) and features 70 new homes and one remodeled home built by 34 builders.

The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond region, including the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, King William, New Kent and Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. The event is expected to attract thousands of people, and this year the number of homes represents more than a 17-percent increase in entries and builder participation from last year. > Read more.

Business in brief


CBRE|Richmond recently reported the following transaction: NCI Information Systems – renewed their lease of 29,024 square feet at 1510 and 1530 E. Parham Rd. Joe Marchetti, David Wilkins and Rebecca Barricklow handled the transaction on behalf of the landlord. > Read more.

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Community

Holiday festival at Willow Lawn Dec. 3

The Shops at Willow Lawn will host its holiday festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree, Peter McCory and Jonathan the Juggler will perform on the Main Stage. Barksdale Theatre's Snowbear will also make a special appearance.

There will also be train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, free photos with Santa in a photo booth, face painting, balloon art, crafts, giveaways, merchant specials and more. > Read more.

Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration planned for Dec. 3

Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host the Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning at the Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd., and ending at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. > Read more.

Winter bazaar and community festival at Varina H.S. Dec. 3

Varina High School PTSA will host a Winter Bazaar and community festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 7053 Messer Rd. There will be free arts and crafts, vendors, mime dancers, performances from local organizations and churches, raffles, prizes, food and more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

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

‘Sam Cooke Experience’ set for Sept. 30

Richmond’s Tony Cosby (pictured, center) and his band of thespians will present The Sam Cooke Experience, a musical and theatrical tribute to gospel great and R&B legend Sam Cooke on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd.

WLEE radio personality Jack Gravely will be the guest master of ceremonies for this variety show, starring the talents of home-spun thespian troupe Theatre&Co and featuring local recording artist Delores Fox and Justin Morris of the Soul Stirrers. > 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.

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