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Election officials encourage voters to report problems, irregularities

Chesterfield resident Clarence Lee, 90, has been an active voter since the 1950s. He was planning to vote in person on Nov. 3.

Get out the vote efforts step up this weekend

Local organizations and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to energize voters and get people to the polls in the final days before Election Day.

Deadline to request absentee ballot Friday, Oct. 23

The presidential election, as well as contests for U.S. Senate, Congress, Richmond City Council and Richmond School Board, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Free COVID-19 testing

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

Absenteeism up in Richmond schools during pandemic

The coronavirus is causing a significant increase in absenteeism among Richmond Public Schools students.

Richmond judge during hearing to remove Lee statue: ‘It’s a very difficult case’

The General Assembly appears to have torn away the foundation of a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Ralph S. Northam from removing the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Monument Avenue — the giant symbol of white supremacy ...

Confederate Avenue to be renamed

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, soon will no longer live on Confederate Avenue.

General Assembly completes work on budget, criminal justice reform

Fairer sentencing for people convicted of crimes and a Marcus crisis alert system to improve the response to mental health emergencies are among the criminal justice reforms that have emerged from the General Assembly’s special session.

George Wythe High School replacement may get new life with expected announcement

City Hall is poised to move faster to replace George Wythe High School in South Side, the Free Press has learned.

Catholic Diocese of Richmond to pay $6.2M to sexual abuse victims

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced last week that it is paying $6.3 million to 51 people who experienced sexual abuse as minors by clergy.

50 homeless people aided under city’s new shelter plan during weekend cold snap

City Hall appears to have succeeded in sheltering the homeless in the first test of its new model to assist people when the temperature plunges.

City Council committee blocks mayor’s dedicated fund plan for affordable housing

A City Council committee has quietly blocked Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s plan to earmark millions of dollars flowing into the general fund to aid development of lower-cost apartments and homes.

Signs honoring Dr. Charles K. Price to be unveiled Oct. 23

The Cannon Creek Greenway, a cycling and pedestrian trail runs along the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike in North Side, will have new signs to honor Dr. Charles K. Price for the major role the retired educator played in the trail’s creation.

Richmond Police revise details on time, location of incident in which detectives indicted

The Richmond Police Department has revised its official statement about the time and location of the incident that led to the indictment of two detectives after the Richmond Free Press raised questions about the initial statement.

Franklin County elementary schoolteacher named Virginia’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Virginia’s 2021 Teacher of the Year credits his fourth-grade teacher for helping him through the trauma of being put into foster care as a child and remaining a mentor to him throughout his childhood in Danville.

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