Month: January 2022

McEachin condemns McConnell over comments on African American voters

January 31, 2022

By Maria-Paula Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is facing fire over his recent comments in response to a question about voters of color. McConnell made his remarks during a press conference after a senate session where Republicans halted consideration of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, legislation targeted to implement […]

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Youngkin asks for emailed reports on ‘divisive’ schools

January 27, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (PATCH) – The administration of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has set up an email address for residents to report any type of teachings or practices in public schools across the state that they feel are “inherently divisive.” Youngkin said his administration wants to be aware of these school practices and curriculums that […]

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Virginia’s community colleges see enrollment increases in career and technical training

January 26, 2022

Virginia’s Community Colleges saw an enrollment increase last fall in career and technical training programs for Virginia’s highest demand fields. Fall 2021 enrollment data also reveals that students in G3 eligible programs are qualifying for and receiving greater financial assistance, increasing access to the education and resources that leads to better job placement and life […]

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Bill seeks to have local government pay for removing statues, memorials

January 24, 2022

BY NOAH GOLDBERG (CNS) – A first-term delegate has proposed a bill that would require localities to pay for the removal or relocation of war monuments and memorials, as well as set up independent committees to determine where removed monuments are sent. “I firmly believe that a locality has the right or the decision based on their […]

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Why a Republican legislator wants to make it easier for ex-offenders to vote

January 20, 2022

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Del. Mike Cherry, R-Colonial Heights, center, on the floor of the House of Delegates after being sworn into office. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury) Mike Cherry says it’s his religious faith, and the Republican Party’s distant history of expanding voting rights to African Americans and women, that led him to sponsor legislation many wouldn’t expect […]

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Performances on social justice highlight annual MLK celebration

January 16, 2022

By James Shea A recurring theater performance will headline MLK Celebration 2022 at Virginia Commonwealth University. The performances kicked off Jan. 16, with showings and other events at VCU and across Richmond continuing through Jan. 26. The Conciliation Lab performance was at the Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St.. Called “Get Up, Stand Up: […]

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GOP control of House sparks bills to overturn Democrats’ legislation

January 12, 2022

BY NATASHA SOKOLOFF CNS – As the Virginia General Assembly convenes for the 2022 session with Republican control in the House of Delegates, local Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation to repeal provisions passed while Democrats held the majority in the chamber. House Bill 181, which was prefiled by Del. Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland,  on Jan. 10, […]

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Northam OKs emergency order to help hospitals handle COVID-19 spike

January 11, 2022

By GRAHAM MOOMAW  VM – Gov. Ralph Northam speaks at a press conference Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, where he announced COVID-19 vaccines would be mandatory for state employees. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury) In his final week in office, Gov. Ralph Northam is approving a limited emergency order meant to give hospitals and public-health agencies more resources […]

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VA Drivers Urged To Stay Off Road Overnight, Sunday A.M.

January 9, 2022

PATCH — After receiving two rounds of snow this week, more wintry weather is on the way for portions of northern Virginia, northwest Virginia and eastern and panhandle West Virginia Saturday night and Sunday. Drivers are urged to stay home. Virginia Department of Transportation Northern Virginia asks residents to drive only if it is essential […]

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In memoriam: Legendary actor, Sidney Poitier, 94

January 8, 2022

By Stacy M. Brown (NNP) – Legendary actor Sidney Poitier, who broke barriers and stood for justice and Black lives during the most tumultuous times of the civil rights movement, has died. Poitier, whose iconic 71-year career, included starring roles in “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Uptown Saturday Night,” […]

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