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New ‘Emancipation and Freedom Monument’ unveiling draws crowds, tears

“Overwhelming!” “Excited!” “Proud!” Those were some of the comments from onlookers as they viewed the state’s new “Emancipation and Freedom Monument” that was unveiled Wednesday on Brown’s Island on the James River in Richmond’s Downtown.

City registrar takes heat for delay in opening satellite voting locations

Keith G. Balmer, Richmond’s new voter registrar, was rushing to start early in-person voting next week at two satellite locations—City Hall in Downtown and the Hickory Hill Community Center in South Side.

School Board rejects terminating contract for school food vendor

The Richmond School Board and schools administration debated the future of who will be contracted to provide meals to the city’s 24,000 students and what they will eat after last week’s public outrage over the condition, quality and nutritional value ...

Free COVID-19 testing, vaccinations

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

30 city employees face possible firing over COVID-19 vaccination mandate

With the City of Richmond just days away from the Oct. 1 deadline for all employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, all but 30 workers have gotten the vaccine or filed religious or medical exemptions to the city ...

Driver, mechanic shortages could lead to GRTC service cuts

Offering bonuses of $5,000 to $8,500, GRTC is seeking to lure more drivers to its ranks and avoid cutting service.

Golden Nugget donates $1M to Virginia’s HBCUs

A $1 million donation to the five historically Black universities in Virginia.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities to lead city’s winter overflow shelter efforts

Homeless people needing shelter in Richmond beginning Friday, Oct. 1, through mid-April will have a place to stay if the private shelters are full during cold weather.

City Addresses problems in three new school buildings

City Hall is blaming manufacturing defects for flaws in three new school buildings that opened for in-person classes on Sept. 8.

Students to face new ‘growth assessment’ tests this fall

Richmond Public School students will be required to take a statewide growth assessment test starting this fall.

Time capsule with items from a new Virginia buried at former Lee site

The streets of Monument Avenue were filled with sounds of construction equipment last Thursday as more than a dozen workers searched from sunrise to sunset, and through sporadic rainfall, for a 134-year-old time capsule believed to be hidden in the ...

Confederate A.P. Hill statue may be headed to Culpeper

The last city-owned Confederate statue is on its way out of Richmond, though the process will not be swift because a grave is involved, according to Mayor Levar M. Stoney.

’Monumental Conversations:’ RPS launches new, free app offering insight into community feelings about Confederate statues that lined Monument Avenue

A new mobile app gives people the ability to hear the stories of the generational resistance of Black Richmonders to the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue that once stood as symbols of the white “Lost Cause” narrative.

Early voting begins Sept. 17 for Virginia’s top posts

The future direction of Virginia’s government is now in the hands of voters, with early voting cranking up on Friday, Sept. 17 – 45 days ahead of the official Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

RPS opens with problems with lunches, new buildings

Richmond Public Schools reopened last week and school trash cans are overflowing with rejected prepackaged lunches that students would rather throw away than eat. And parents don’t blame them.

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