Heart attack death rates plummet

Virginia’s overall heart attack mortality rates have decreased for the 10th year in a row, first lady Maureen McDonnell announced as state officials participated in the inaugural “Capitol Feats” walk to promote healthy habits that prevent heart disease.

She said the state’s heart attack mortality rates have fallen by 45 percent from 2000 to 2009.

“Prevention is a key component to fighting heart disease. Maintaining a healthy diet and physically active lifestyle are among several ways to win the battle against one of our greatest health threats,” McDonnell said.

She spoke before her husband, Gov. Bob McDonnell, and members of the General Assembly walked around Capitol Square on Friday. Participants in the event were “demonstrating a commitment to improving their own health and wellness,” the first lady said.

The two biggest contributors to heart disease or strokes are high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley.

Nationwide, she said, “Nearly 68 million adults have high blood pressure, but half do not have it under control. It is important that screening for these conditions become part of our routine health care prevention activities.”

Gov. McDonnell agreed.

“Across the nation, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 adults each year,” he said. “But in Virginia, our hard work to prevent this disease from taking lives is clearly evident as 1,872 fewer Virginians died from heart attacks this year compared to 2000.”
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New law paves way for delivery robots

Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.

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Virginia schools must soon test for lead in water

With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.

Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion. > Read more.

Business in brief


The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the 2017–18 fiscal year. At-large Board members include: Anne B. Hagen, CPA, of Masonic Home of Virginia in Henrico. The officers and directors were sworn in at the VSCPA’s annual business meeting on May 16 in Williamsburg. > Read more.

Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA. > Read more.

State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

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Innsbrook After Hours continues its 32nd year with Slightly Stoopid and special guests Iration, J. Boog, and The Movement. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Net proceeds from the concert series benefit the American Constitution Spirit Foundation and the Innsbrook Foundation. Rain or shine. For tickets and more information, call the IAH Hotline at 423-1779 or visit http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com. Full text

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