Month: April 2020

Trump says the federal govt will not extend its social distancing guidelines

April 30, 2020

President Trump spoke during a meeting about the coronavirus with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, left, in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.EVAN VUCCI/AP WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump said Wednesday the federal government’s coronavirus social distancing guidelines will be “fading out” when they expire Thursday, counting on states taking charge as […]

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CDC team headed to Va. to help combat COVID spread in poultry plants

April 30, 2020

A bicyclist recently joined a demonstration of about 50 vehicles in Harrisonburg to call for better protections for workers at Virginia poultry plants that are grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks. (Sarah Alair/VM) A team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been deployed to Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam, with the governors of […]

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Survey: 34 million jobs have been lost since mid-March

April 28, 2020

About 10 million jobs have been lost in the United States since early April — making the total jobs lost since mid-March about 34 million — according to a new biweekly survey conducted by economists from Virginia Commonwealth University and Arizona State University. The findings indicate an employment rate of 55.8% among working-age adults in […]

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Northam outlines plans to reopen Va., warns residents will continue to see some restrictions

April 27, 2020

By Kate Masters VM – Reopening Virginia will depend upon a series of metrics to prevent a second surge in COVID-19 cases after the initial peak, Gov. Ralph Northam said at a news briefing on Friday. The goals, outlined publicly for the first time, include a two-week decline in the percentage of positive cases and […]

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Some lawmakers view minimum wage delay as lesser of two evils

April 27, 2020

Lawmakers in both chambers sat at tables six feet apart to comply with social distancing requirements when the General Assembly reconvened in Richmond last week. (CNS) By Will Gonzalez CNS- Labor advocates and Virginia legislators worried the recently passed bill to increase minimum wage might die during the reconvened General Assembly session Wednesday. Gov. Ralph […]

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Woman soaks produce in bleach, ends up in the ER

April 21, 2020

An adult woman who heard on the news to clean all recently purchased groceries before consuming them recently filled a sink with a mixture of 10% bleach solution, vinegar, and hot water, and soaked her produce. While cleaning her other groceries, she noted a noxious smell described as “chlorine” in her kitchen.

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Meet the welder helping decontaminate N95 masks

April 21, 2020

Artist Keith M. Ramsey was quick to say yes when Ace Callwood of VCU Ventures asked him to use his welding expertise to build frames that would be used in a pilot program to decontaminate N95 masks, which are essential
to health care workers.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY OF RICHMOND BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

April 21, 2020

Will hold an electronic Public Hearing due to the state of emergency that exists as a result of the spread of COVID-19 pursuant to and in compliance with Ordinance 2020-093 on May 6, 2020, to consider the following under Chapter 30 of the Zoning Code: BEGINNING AT 1:00 P.M. BZA 16-2020:  An application of Andlar […]

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Advocates disappointed by proposed delay in minimum wage implementation

April 17, 2020

Workers and advocates who urged Gov. Ralph Northam to sign a bill that would have raised the minimum wage at the start of next year were disappointed when instead a delay was proposed until May 2021. Democrats in the General Assembly passed HB395 and SB7 to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023, beginning with a raise to $9.50 on Jan. 1, 2021. Northam caved to pressure from wealthy corporate lobbyists and amended HB395 to delay the first minimum wage increase for 5 months, until May 1, 2021, noted advocates from Progress Virginia.

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President Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden for president

April 15, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama endorsed his friend and former Vice President Joe Biden, for president. In a nearly 12-minute video filmed at his Washington-area home and posted online, President Obama said, “Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend. […]

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