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Over Democrats’ objections, Senate OKs ‘religious freedom’ bill


Democratic officials and the American Civil Liberties Union blasted Republican senators after they passed a “religious freedom” bill that would protect people who refuse to marry same-gender couples.

HB 2025, sponsored by Del. Nicholas Freitas, R-Culpeper, cleared the Senate on Thursday on a party-line vote of 21-19. The bill protects organizations and their employees who refuse to participate in the “solemnization” of marriage based on a “sincerely held religious belief.”

Freitas said the legislation was a response to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that prohibits state contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation. > Read more.

Henrico Police receive donated canine ballistic vest


The Henrico County Police Division Feb. 15 received a ballistic vest for one of its newest canines after a donation initiated by the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents in New Kent County.

The Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents made a monetary donation to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Sarah Ann McLaughlin, who was a communications officer with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the daughter of Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his wife, Robin. She also was an avid animal enthusiast, and their donation was intended for the purchase of a bullet resistant vest for a canine. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office does not have a canine, so Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. offered to purchase a vest for a Henrico County police canine. > Read more.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield becomes title sponsor of Innsbrook 5k event


FEB. 14 –Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will become the title sponsor of the Anthem Corporate Run, an annual 5k corporate run/walk in Innsbrook, the company and Sports Backers announced today. This year's event will be held June 8 in the Innsbrook Office Park. The event features hundreds of corporate teams and is designed as an opportunity for employers to promote the message of employee health and wellness in a team-building environment that also promotes networking.

“One of our goals is to help our clients understand the benefits of physical activity for their employees, and events like the Anthem Corporate Run are a great way to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for companies across the Richmond region and for Anthem associates,” said C. Burke King, Anthem president. > Read more.
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Henrico man killed in Parham Road crash

A 58-year-old Henrico man died in a single-car accident on East Parham Road Aug. 28.

Tony Lee MCGill was traveling westbound on the road shortly after 6 p.m. in a Chevrolet pick-up truck, approaching the intersection of Aberdeen Street, when his truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a traffic signal support pole. McGill died at the scene. > Read more.

Henrico Health Department offering back-to-school immunization clinics


The Henrico County Health Department will offer back-to-school immunization clinics for children enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in Henrico County Public Schools. The five clinics will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 2 at the department’s West Clinic facility at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

On three days that week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – immunizations will be by appointment only. Tuesday and Thursday will be walk-in clinics.

The clinics will take place:

• Monday, Aug. 29: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Tuesday, Aug. 30: 8-11 a.m. (walk-in);

• Wednesday, Aug. 31: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Thursday, Sept. 1: 12:30-3:30 p.m. (walk-in);

• Friday, Sept. 2: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment. > Read more.

Local doctors partner to combat childhood obesity


Volunteers from Ortho On-Call, Advanced Orthopaedics, a division of OrthoVirginia, U-Turn Sports, and Henrico Police Athletic League met Aug. 25 to sort through and clean more than 1,000 pieces of sports equipment they recently collected through AdvanceItUp!. AIU is a community initiative designed to increase recreation options and
active living at home and outside the home for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment. From June 1-30, Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected gently-used items to benefit deserving children in the region through the partnerships and programs of RVA U-Turn Sports and the Henrico Police Athletic League. > 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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Dance the night away at Henrico’s “Legendary Dance Night” – tomorrow at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center! The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts is also offering some legendary music – check out Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles tonight and the Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man on Sunday – and Suzie and the G-Tones will perform at the Bryan Park Bar and Grill in Lakeside. If you’re searching for a family-friendly option, the film “Annie” will be at the Henrico Theatre for two showings tomorrow. Tickets are only $1! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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