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Virginia woman caught with loaded gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A New Kent County woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport (RIC) checkpoint Nov. 30 when TSA officers detected a .380 caliber handgun among her carry-on items. The handgun was loaded with three bullets, including one in the chamber.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and issued a summons to the woman, a resident of Quinton.

United launches service between RIC and Denver


United Airlines Tuesday launched first-ever daily service between Richmond International Airport and Denver International Airport. United operates the Richmond-Denver flights with 76-seat Embraer EMB 175 aircraft offering United First, Economy Plus, and Economy seating options.

"United's new daily service to Denver provides our customers from throughout Virginia's Capital Region with convenient access to another major economic center and home to one of our largest hub airports," said Kellie Clough, United's sales manager in Richmond. "We are committed to making United the airline of choice for customers traveling to Denver and beyond."

Amtrak, James River Transportation partner for new bus service

Amtrak and James River Transportation have launched a new "thruway" bus service that connects passengers traveling from Charlottesville to the Staples Mill Road Station in Richmond to board the Silver Meteor. From Richmond, the Silver Meteor continues south to Miami and north to New York City.

Amtrak and James River also offer thruway services from Charlottesville to Richmond for other routes. Thruway bus service connects passengers traveling to/from Richmond to two long-distance trains at Charlottesville. From Charlottesville, the Crescent continues south to Atlanta and New Orleans and the Cardinal operates three days a week west to Cincinnati and Chicago.

Deadline extended for Bike Walk RVA Academy: Henrico


The application deadline for the Bike Walk RVA Academy: Henrico has been extended through the end of this week.

The academy is a program of the Sports Backers designed to develop Henrico residents into grassroots leaders in their communities for better biking and walking infrastructure, such as paved trails, bike lanes and sidewalks. During the course of eight workshops, participants will learn everything they need to know about organizing their communities, working with local officials and planning campaigns for projects in their neighborhoods.

Darbytown Road to close near railroad overpass beginning March 14

A section of Darbytown Road in Eastern Henrico will close March 14-18 and again March 21-25 while CSX Transportation performs maintenance on the railroad overpass.

Darbytown will close between Oakland Road and Louisa Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily while work is underway. Traffic will be routed from Oakland to Bickerstaff Road to New Osborne Turnpike/Newton Road to Hatcher Street and then onto Williamsburg Road.

Airport snow team earns recognition from National Guard


Major General Williams, Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, recently presented certificates of recognition to RIC grounds crew members Chuck Sobrito, Jeremy Niles, Scott Walker, Sammy Hodges and Desmond Athey, for help and support during Winter Storm Jonas that blanketed the Richmond region in January. The snow team was able to help keep the aviation unit operational during the storm.

March 7 - 11 is ‘Virginia Telework Week’


The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has declared Mar. 7-11 as "Virginia Telework Week," during which it is encouraging businesses in Virginia to allow qualifying employees to work from home at least one day that week. Individuals and businesses can also participate in Virginia Telework Week by visiting http://teleworkva.org and making a pledge.

Teleworking for even one day a week can provide multiple benefits, such as improving employee morale, decreasing turnover, increasing the pool of prospective employee candidates, decreasing harmful emissions in the environment and reducing traffic, according to DRPT officials.

Henrico supervisors consider taxicab ordinance adjustments

FEB. 25, 11:50 A.M. – Faced with the possible dissolution of the Capital Region Taxicab Advisory Board, officials from the four largest Metro Richmond localities are considering changes to their individual taxi ordinances to grant cab companies greater freedom from regulation, making it easier for them to compete with companies like Uber and Lyft.

In Henrico, the county's Board of Supervisors met Tuesday night to discuss potential changes to the county's ordinance, proposed by the Henrico Division of Police. Those changes would lessen regulatory issues for taxicab drivers – most notably by reducing the current yearly permit renewal process to just once every three years.

Safety enhancements planned for Parham, Shrader roads

A series of safety improvements at East Parham and Shrader roads will result in lane closures for two to four weeks, beginning Monday, Feb. 29.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will be working in the intersection’s southwestern corner, across Shrader from Henrico’s Public Safety Building. The right eastbound lane of Parham and the adjoining right southbound lane of Shrader will be closed during construction.

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