Senate repeals ‘Jim Crow’ minimum wage exemptions


The Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill to repeal a Jim Crow era- law that legalized wage discrimination against many African-Americans. The Senate voted to rescind the law that allows employers to pay less than minimum wage to “newsboys, shoe-shine boys, ushers, doormen, concession attendants and theater cashiers” — jobs to which many African-Americans were relegated decades ago. The […]

Some energy donors gave Democrats more than Republicans


In a break from past years, some large energy-related political donors gave more money to Virginia Democrats than to Republicans in 2018, according to campaign finance reports posted Friday by the Virginia Public Access Project. For example, United Co., a coal mining company in Bristol, Virginia, contributed $130,000 to Democrats and $121,000 to Republicans in 2018, the VPAP numbers show. […]

Henrico families gear up for 10k

On April 13, the Sports Backers will celebrate a milestone: the 20th Annual Monument Avenue 10k. But the organization has already celebrated the occasion, after marking a related milestone in December – the 500,000th 10k registered participant. Sara Graf of Henrico was unaware she made history when she signed up that month. But on Dec. 12, event organizers and sponsors […]

Lady Antebellum to open 2019 Innsbrook After Hours season

Tickets go on sale Jan. 25

Lady Antebellum will open the 2019 Innsbrook After Hours concert series season May 4. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. at www.innsbrookafterhours.com. A limited number of $26 Early Bird general admission tickets are available for one week only. Since forming in 2006, Lady Antebellum has sold more than 18 million units while earning nine […]

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay celebrates Fareva’s environmental stewardship

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recently recognized Fareva Richmond, Inc., located on Darbytown Road in eastern Henrico, as a Businesses for the Bay Gold Member. The Fareva Richmond site has implemented outdoor programs such as maintaining and monitoring six songbird nest boxes, installing a new bee nesting block, and reducing stormwater runoff. Last year, Fareva gave away 250 sunflower […]

Spanberger announces civic engagement student essay contest

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today invited high school students from Virginia’s Seventh District to participate in an essay contest, through which the winner will travel to Washington, D.C. to spend a day with Spanberger on Capitol Hill. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, Spanberger’s office has launched an essay contest encouraging students to write a 500- word […]

Business in brief

Papa Murphy’s is expanding to its third Richmond-area location and has secured a lease at 8801 Three Chopt Road, which will add 1,500 square feet to its Richmond presence. They are planning to open during the second quarter of 2019. The Washington-based chain already has two locations nearby, in Mechanicsville and in Ashland, with plans to open a total of […]