Obama to speak at UR Friday

President Barack Obama will speak at the University of Richmond's Robins Center this Friday, Sept. 9 in an event open to members of the public who obtain free tickets in advance.

Obama will talk about the bipartisan proposals to grow the economy and create jobs that he laid out in his speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday. His speech is expected to begin at approximately 11:35 a.m. Friday.

Members of the public can obtain tickets from 3-6 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 8, at the Modlin Center at UR's campus. A limited number will be available and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticketholders will be able to enter the Robins Center's North entrance beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Backpacks, umbrellas, bottles and cans will not be allowed inside the event. Concessions will not be available.

Because the university will be open for classes on Sept. 9, there will be very limited parking for visitors on campus. University officials are encouraging non-university ticketholders to take either regularly scheduled GRTC Route 16 buses or free, university-supplied shuttle buses from City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue, or the UR Downtown site at 626 East Broad Street to the Robins Center. Shuttles will begin continuous operation at 6:30 a.m. Because of the time of day, ticket holders are urged to arrive as soon as possible for shuttle transport.

Groups of 18 or more may be dropped off on campus in their own buses, but those buses will be required to leave campus after unloading and return only after the event. No buses will be allowed access to the Robins Center after 10 a.m.

The president’s speech will be streamed live on the internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

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Police release photo of hoax bomb

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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


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The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck. Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included.

Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10 for a one-year license and $15 for a three-year license. Officers will be available to discuss license options and vaccination requirements. For details, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801. Full text

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