$200M loss spurs City Council to revise real estate tax abatement program

For at least two decades, Richmond has primed the redevelopment pump by allowing individuals and companies that improve aging houses, apartment buildings and commercial properties to pay reduced property taxes over 10 years without any restrictions.

Hanover NAACP lawsuit to change names of Confederate schools continues in federal court

A federal lawsuit launched by the Hanover County Branch NAACP against the Hanover County School Board to force the board to eliminate the Confederate names of two schools is still alive following a hearing Tuesday afternoon in a Richmond federal ...

Advocates rally for prison reform bills at State Capitol

Activists, family members and supporters rallied last Saturday at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square to support prison reform bills filed recently in the General Assembly, including measures such as parole, record expungement and incentives for good behavior.

Crowd urged to work for 'Monumental Justice'

More than 100 people gathered at the State Capitol on Wednesday afternoon in support of legislation that would give control of the dozens of Confederate monuments in Virginia to localities.

In deep: IRS filings show Dominion Energy committed $20M over 20 years for naming rights for a new Coliseum

Dominion Energy is more entwined in the $1.5 billion Coliseum replacement and Downtown redevelopment proposal than previously disclosed.

City Council takes step to control Confederate statues

The Richmond City Council took its first step toward control over the statues of the slavery-defending Confederate traitors that line Monument Avenue and have long sat on other public property in the city.

Va. General Assembly starts on historic note

The General Assembly was gaveled into a potentially history-making session Wednesday with Democrats in control of both houses and eager to usher in changes that will make it easier for Virginians to vote, reduce the barriers they face in renting ...

Richmond School Board elects new officers

The Richmond School Board has two former educators leading the board for 2020.

Councilman Chris Hilbert not seeking re-election

One of the longest serving members on Richmond City Council plans to call it quits and not seek re-election, the Free Press has learned.

Mayor seeks to change definition of emerging small business

For more than 15 years, City Hall has sought to use its purchasing power to boost start-up and fledgling companies, often with minority ownership, that generally bring in less than $500,000 a year in revenue and have 10 or fewer ...

'Bunching' problem plaguing Pulse service

The Pulse’s reputation for fast, reliable service has begun to take a hit, with the potential to undermine the public transit company’s ability to get more people to skip their cars and take the bus.

Federal appeals panel halts Dominion pipeline compressor station in Buckingham County

Dominion Energy has been blocked from building a key element of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a historic African-American community in rural Buckingham County.

Richmond to lower natural gas prices

A yearlong sag in the wholesale price of natural gas will finally show up on the bills of residential and business customers in Richmond.

De-concentration of poverty to be topic of public discussion Jan. 16

“What does de-concentration of poverty look like? What impact will disbanding neighborhoods of concentrated poverty have on public safety?”

Rep. McEachin holds student essay contest

Congressman A. Donald McEachin of Richmond is sponsoring a Black History Month essay contest for middle and high school students living in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District.

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