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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.

Hunting dog group rallies against trespassing bill


About 150 hunters and members of the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance turned out at the Virginia Capitol on Tuesday to show their displeasure with a bill that would fine the owners of dogs that trespass on other people’s property.

House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, is sponsoring HB 1900, which would impose a $100 fine if a dog runs at large on property where the owner has given notice verbally, in writing, by placing signs or by marking trees with blue paint on the property line. > Read more.

HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.
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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital designated Level II trauma center

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently achieved designation as a Level II trauma center by the Virginia Department of Health’s State Health Commissioner.

The designation makes Henrico Doctors’ Hospital the second Level II trauma center in Central Virginia, joining another HCA facility – Chippenham Hospital – which earned a Level II trauma designation in January 2015. There are 16 designated trauma centers in the state.

Henrico Doctors’ designation will provide additional access to lifesaving trauma care and allows emergency responders a new location to transfer patients to a trauma center within the critical “golden hour” during which treatment is most effective. > Read more.

Hinton named deputy county manager for community services

JULY 11, 11:40 A.M. – Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas today announced that he had appointed W. Brandon Hinton as deputy county manager for community services.

He succeeds Jane D. Crawley, who retired in April after a 25-year career in Henrico that included service as deputy county manager for community services since 2012.

Hinton has served as director of Henrico’s Office of Management and Budget since 2012. > Read more.

Henrico company wins LogistXGames


Henrico-based Riverside Logistics (pictured) won the second annual Richmond LogistXGames competition May 19 at Liberty Property's Richmond Distribution Center on Carolina Avenue. Riverside Logistics beat out six other teams (including three from Henrico – Best Bully Sticks, CBRE|Richmond and FDH Velocitel) to claim the Golden Pallet, the competition's top honor. Representatives from McKesson, Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) and The Port of Virginia also participated in the 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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Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts (CARE) will hold a training session for potential foster parents from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Petco, 9051 Staples Mill Rd. The class will cover cat foster parent responsibilities as well as common needs of homeless cats and kittens. Foster parents provide temporary care for rescued cats and kittens until adoption. They are responsible for taking cats to veterinary appointments and for bringing the cats to adoption events on Saturdays. CARE covers medical and food costs. To register, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4aa9ab2aa5fe3-care3. Full text

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