Year: 2020

Law to ensure stimulus payments don’t benefit debt collectors

December 31, 2020

As $600 economic support – stimulus – payments begin hitting Virginians’ bank accounts and mailboxes, a new law from Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Del.  Hala Ayala will ensure that the payments help Virginians support themselves and their families during the COVID crisis rather than getting swept up by debt collectors and creditors. The bill […]

Read More

How high is the cost of prescription drugs?

December 30, 2020

By Hazel Trice Edney( – Antanique Lee-Worsham of Cincinnati, Ohio has a landmark birthday coming up on June 9, 2021. That’s the day she will turn 21 years old. But her landmark birthday is unlike many 21-year-olds who often celebrate it as the legal age to buy alcohol among other symbols of adulthood.Instead, for Lee-Worsham, turning […]

Read More

‘Nosy neighbors’ call cops on photographer

December 29, 2020

ARL – The Arlington, Virginia NAACP is decrying an incident in which a Black man was questioned by county police last week for photographing a house. The incident happened on Monday, Dec. 21, in the Foxcroft Heights neighborhood, near the Air Force Memorial. A video and an account of what happened was posted on Facebook and first […]

Read More

On COVID-19 spike in prisons: ‘Nobody really cares’

December 28, 2020

CNS – Prisons are divided into “zones” to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Inmates have been given personal protective equipment. Visitation is canceled. Testing has ramped up. Still, the positive cases continue to climb within Virginia prisons. The Virginia Department of Corrections reported on Dec. 10 that there are 593 active cases among inmates […]

Read More

Large drive-thru COVID testing event planned

December 27, 2020

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are holding a drive-thru testing event at The Diamond (3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd) on 12/29 (Tuesday) from 12:00PM-2:00PM. The event is open to the public. The health districts have 400 tests available at the event. Following Christmas, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts planned a large-scale testing event to accommodate […]

Read More

Len Bias is posthumously going into the Hall of Fame

December 25, 2020

THE BURTON WIRE — Late basketball legend Len Bias will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Bias leads a group of six players and two coaches that will be enshrined in Kansas City next November. In addition to Bias, Hershey Hawkins, Jim Jackson, Paul Pierce, Antawn Jamison and David Greenwood are the other […]

Read More

Northam halts payroll tax increase tied to pandemic layoffs

December 24, 2020

By Ned Oliver (VM) – Businesses that had been facing a hefty increase in payroll taxes in 2021 tied to widespread layoffs amid the pandemic will get at least a year-long reprieve, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced just before Christmas. “This will prevent Virginia’s struggling businesses from having to devote critical resources to higher state […]

Read More

Richmond area health districts receive COVID vaccine shipment

December 23, 2020

Area health districts, including Richmond, Henrico, Chickahominy, and Chesterfield health district have been preparing for this moment for some time. Following the FDA’s Emergency Use Approval of Moderna vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Moderna vaccines were quickly shipped to local health departments, pharmacies, and healthcare systems across the country. Virginia health districts are among these first […]

Read More

COVID Burden on Blacks Creates Vaccine Quandary

December 23, 2020

By JOSEPH WILLIAMS Amid relentless pandemic that for months has cast a leaden pall over her work, Dr. Ebony Hilton in early December received the equivalent of a golden ticket. An anesthesiologist and critical care physician at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Hilton, 38, was notified she’d be among the first in the nation […]

Read More

Passed: ‘First step’ in pandemic relief with $900b package

December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday night cleared and sent to President Donald Trump the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough for many Democrats. House leaders divided the bill into two parts and passed the emergency […]

Read More