Amid protest, legislators announce 5 percent pay raise for teachers


As hundreds of teachers and supporters from around the state marched to the Virginia Capitol to call for higher salaries and more funding for public schools, legislative leaders announced Monday that they would include a 5 percent pay raise for teachers in the state budget. Armed with red coats, scarves and signs, participants of all ages gathered in Monroe Park […]

Bill would mandate mental health instruction to Virginia students


A bill to integrate instruction in mental health to students in all grades in Virginia schools the Senate and is waiting to be heard in the House. Sen. Jennifer McClellan, who represents a portion of Henrico, is co-patron of the bill that would update and expand legislation that passed last year which called for a mental health curriculum for students […]

Milestones

Delegate Dawn M. Adams recently was named recipient of the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners Virginia State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate Excellence. The award is given annually to a dedicated nurse practitioner and NP advocate in each state. Recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2019 National Conference, June 18-23, in […]

House passes bill to allow some lottery winners to remain anonymous


The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill that would allow lottery winners earning more than $10 million to avoid disclosing their identities, a move that would include Virginia among only eight other states to allow such a law. A similar bill, SB 1060, also has passed the state Senate on a 33-7 bipartisan vote, indicating the state legislature has […]

Private academy in Henrico names new head of school

Cardinal Newman Academy, a Catholic school in Henrico, recently named Stephen Fitzpatrick its new head of school. He will replace Eileen Lapington, who will resign from her role as director at the end of the academic year. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and has a master’s degree in theology from the University of Scranton. He has been […]

Adams proposes allowing governors to serve consecutive terms


A resolution proposed by a Henrico Democratic delegate would revise the Virginia constitution and allow the governor to serve two consecutive terms Currently, Virginia is the only state that does not allow a governor to serve at least two consecutive terms. “In what business would any of us except a change in course every two years?” said Del. Dawn Adams […]

Energy-wise tips to stay warm during cold weather

Dominion Energy has issued the following energy-wise tips customers can use to keep their homes warm, save energy and save money during the frigid weather expected this week: • Make sure fireplace flues are closed when not in use to keep warm air from escaping home. • Operate ceiling fans in clockwise direction so they push the warm air back […]

Panel OKs bill seeking data on solitary confinement


A House committee voted unanimously Friday to require reports on solitary confinement in prisons across Virginia. House Bill 1642 would require the Virginia Department of Corrections to submit semiannual reports to the General Assembly and governor detailing the DOC’s use of solitary confinement. The House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety approved the bill, 21-0. The panel sent the […]