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Advocacy groups for low-paid workers blasted a Virginia Senate committee for killing two bills that would have raised the minimum wage incrementally over the next three years.
“It is a sad day when politicians prioritize corporate profits over hardworking Virginia families,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia and a member of the Women’s Equality Coalition. “$7.25 is not enough to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head at the same time, and no one who works a full-time job should be living in poverty.”
Supporters of the legislation had hoped Virginia would become the 30th state with a minimum wage above the federally mandated minimum of $7.25 an hour. > Read more.
In an effort to protect and expand women’s health care in Virginia, House Democrats said Tuesday they have introduced three bills to ensure easier access to abortion and contraceptives.
The bills represent a contrast to Republican measures such as the “Day of Tears” resolution that encourages Virginians to mourn abortion, Democratic legislators and their allies said at a news conference.
Progress Virginia Executive Director Anna Scholl said the General Assembly has seen more than 75 proposals to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care since 2010. She urged legislators to stop making women’s health care political. > Read more.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/18/2016 Henrico Business
Santa Claus will arrive at Virginia Center Commons mall Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. He'll land at the JCPenney Court, where children and families can take photos and visit with him through Dec. 24.
On Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can bring their pets to have photos taken with Santa.
The mall also will host entertainment in the food court Dec. 10 and 17. On Dec. 10, the Hanover Concert Band will perform there from noon to 1, and the Central Virginia Wind Symphony will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/18/2016 Henrico Business
The 9Round of Henrico gym will open Saturday, Nov. 19, at The Shops at Wellesley, 3442 Lauderdale Dr. The location, owned by Heather Coe, offers shorter fitness workouts focused on kickboxing techniques. Developed by reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, 9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises and kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags. A real boxing bell rings to begin the workout, another to warn the station is ending and a third to signal the end. Members have a 30-second active break between rounds to recover. There are no class times, and trainers are always on site lead the workouts. The routines change daily to give members a fresh workout every time they go to the gym. 9Round of Henrico is open Monday through Saturday. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/17/2016 Henrico Business
Royal Productions, Inc. has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show from its founder, local taxidermist Hugh Crittenden, who started it 33 years ago. The show is held annually at Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico.
Royal Productions recently sold the three local home shows that it had produced for a number of years. This purchase comes shortly after Royal Productions sold the three home local home shows, which they had produced for many years. > Read more.
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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.
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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CalendarThe Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center will host a Snow Days Festival at 10 a.m. Meet the 2017 Scholarship Snow Queen. Frozen’s Anna and Elsa will visit until noon and the Richmond Symphony will bring an instrument petting zoo from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be activities about the science of snow, appearances by Olaf, winter art projects and more. Included with museum admission. For details, visit http://www.c-mor.org. Full text