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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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Deep Run student performs with elite touring drum corps


A Deep Run High School junior is spending his summer touring the United States as part of the Southern New Jersey marching ensemble, a self-described world-class group competing on the Drum Corps International tour.

John Kresge, 16, is one of 149 members who have dedicated most of their summers to competing in this competition. As Drum Corps International’s website states, the tour truly is the major league of marching music. Kresge said his first show, which was at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, filled the stadium about halfway with fans – that’s about 34,000 people. > Read more.

Henrico students show improvement on SOLs

But pass rates fall below state averages in 3 of 5 core subject areas
UPDATE: AUG. 11, 11:15 A.M. – Henrico County public school students improved their performances on the state's Standards of Learning tests during the 2014-15 school year but still fell slightly below the statewide pass-rate averages in three of five core subject areas, according to statistics released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

Henrico students exceeded the state pass-rate averages in history/social sciences and science but fell slightly below the state averages in reading, writing and mathematics.

Of the 29 tests taken by Henrico County students in grades 3-8 and high school in reading, writing, history and social studies, math and science, the percentage of students who earned passing scores increased on 17 tests from the 2013-14 school year. The pass rate remained the same on five other tests and decreased on seven tests. > Read more.

Construction begins on Short Pump Wegmans


Construction began today on a 120,000-square-foot Wegmans Food Markets store in Short Pump. The store is on schedule to open next summer at West Broad Marketplace at 12300 West Broad Street.

The shopping center is owned by Mid-Atlantic retail developer NVRetail, Inc. in partnership with Excel Trust. Wegmans’ construction commencement follows the April groundbreaking at the site for an 80,000-square-foot Cabela's, which will serve as the center's other retail anchor.

Wegmans currently has 86 stores in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region. > 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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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will present the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at 7 p.m. Celebrate the creative influence of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. This popular annual concert features live performances by the genre’s top artists including local favorite and award-winning guitarist Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots. Participants can meet the headliners and sharpen their skills with an exclusive hands-on guitar workshop, as well. Tickets are $30. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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