Month: February 2021

Lockup tied to early death in U.S. counties

February 28, 2021

By Chelsea Cirruzzo (USN ) – Increases in a county’s jail incarceration rate are associated with upticks in premature deaths caused by issues like infectious disease, substance use and suicide among a county’s broader population, according to a new study. The study, published Tuesday by The Lancet Public Health, comes as prison reform advocates such […]

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Trump is Out of Power, But in Control

February 27, 2021

By Susan Milligan (USN) – Donald Trump electrified the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011, turning what initially appeared to be a publicity stunt into the start of a successful political journey. In 2016, then-presidential candidate Trump pulled out of the annual meeting of movement conservatives, annoying organizers. This year, Trump is […]

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Church hosting Feb. 27 outreach event in Blackstone

February 26, 2021

In response to the recent inclement weather, which left many families without electricity, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries is hosting an outreach event in Blackstone, Va. this weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Nottoway County High School (5267 Old Nottoway Rd, Crewe, VA 23930), Mt. Gilead’s “Operation Thunder” […]

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Labor market recovery remains stagnant, new survey shows

February 26, 2021

About half of workers who were employed just prior to the pandemic are earning the same amount. The latest labor market estimates for the week of Feb. 7-13 show a slowdown in the labor market recovery among working-age adults, according to a report by economists from Virginia Commonwealth University and Arizona State University. Employment held […]

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Eliminating some marijuana charges comes with legalization

February 25, 2021

By MORGAN TOLAN AND ELLIE WATSON (CNS) – From 2015 to 2019, there were more than 23,000 Virginians arrested for simple possession of marijuana, averaging about 5,000 residents a year. “All my life I’ve heard justice delayed is justice denied,” Sen. L. Louise Lucas, D-Emporia City, said in the Senate session. Lucas is a co-patron, […]

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CDC: Life Expectancy of Black Men Has Dropped by 3 Years

February 25, 2021

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA) – Black Americans have lost three years in life expectancy over the last two years according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decline is the largest since World War II. The life expectancy gap by race is now the widest since 1998 and at a […]

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State Police Recover Stolen Firearms After Pursuit

February 24, 2021

Two teenagers were arrested in Newport News on Feb. 23 and charged with multiple offenses, among them, possession of stolen firearm and eluding police. The incident started when a state police supervisor attempted to pull over a vehicle for reckless driving by speed that resulted in a short pursuit, accident, arrest, and the recovery of […]

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Tiger Woods injured in single-car crash in California

February 23, 2021

Pro-golfer Tiger Woods has been hospitalized following a bad single-car accident in L.A. County on Tuesday morning — with officials requiring the jaws of life to free him from the vehicle. “On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates […]

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GA moves closer to mandating in-person instruction by this summer

February 23, 2021

By Kate Masters (VM) – When Virginia senators passed a bill requiring local school divisions to provide in-person instruction by the summer, some anticipated the legislation would face an uphill battle in the House. Nearly a month later, though, the same legislation is now on the verge of passing both chambers after several rounds of revisions […]

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VDH reports cases of COVID ‘multisystem inflammatory syndrome’ in children

February 22, 2021

Five confirmed cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 have been identified in the Chickahominy, Chesterfield, and Richmond/Henrico health districts. Three of these cases were identified by health district staff, prompting a review between October 2020 and Feb. 18, 2021, for any cases that had not been directly reported by clinicians […]

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