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SNAP benefits now can be used for online grocery shopping

Food stamps now can be used to buy groceries online in Richmond and across the state.

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Justice Center brings technology to inmates

Computer tablets are making it easier for families and inmates at the Richmond Justice Center to stay connected.

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What’s all the Hoopla?

Richmond Public Library doubles its digital offerings

The Richmond Public Library just doubled its offerings of books, music, movies, TV shows, video games and other items, and it didn’t have to buy anything.

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What drives black consumer spending? Nielsen thinks it knows

African-American consumers want more for themselves and from corporate America, and they express it with their dollars as they move through the consumer journey from brand awareness to purchase, according to Nielsen’s 2019 Diverse Intelligence Series Report on African-Americans.

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Let your spending reflect your values

The buildup began right after Halloween, when the newspapers got thicker, the advertising inserts longer and emails touting shopping bargains coming more frequently.

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Buyer beware

Consumers may flip wig over falsely labeled hair

Unsuspecting women are being ripped off when it comes to buying wigs. They are being induced to pay higher prices for cheaper wigs that are falsely labeled as being a more expensive product. So says Mary J. Harris, a retired Richmond factory worker.

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City loses last independent, black-owned radio station

WCLM-1450 AM, the last independent, African-American-owned radio station in Richmond, is off the air after 21 years.

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Company helps churches, nonprofits start websites — for free

Religion News Service Members of Trueworship Tabernacle used to walk their Corpus Christi, Texas, neighborhood handing out fliers about upcoming events.

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Sprint to give RPS students 6,000 tablets with internet service over 5 years

At least 1,000 Richmond high school students will receive free computer tablets this fall that are connected to the internet.

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Pharmacist produces hand sanitizer to help people stay healthy

Dr. Shantelle L. Brown, the pharmacist, owner and operator of HOPE Pharmacy inside The Market@25th, is making hand sanitizer to combat coronavirus.

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Buying black then and now

The advent of initiatives throughout this country to “Buy Black” and “Bank Black” can be traced to the early 1900s during which time campaigns similar to today’s efforts were established.  Slogans such as “Double-Duty Dollars,” “Don’t shop where you can’t work” and efforts such as Black Cooperatives cropped up as a result of our forebears understanding and being willing to act upon the fact that their dollars mattered.

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Small nonprofit makes big impact on lives, health of people

Josselyn Aguirre-Cabrera went to see a doctor about her nagging headaches and learned she had diabetes.

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GRTC updates

GRTC updates: Students’ free rides delayed until September and few riders buy money-saving passes

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Prospect of home ownership escapes 70-year-old Randolph resident

Charlene C. Harris hoped to buy the home in Randolph that she and her family have rented for nearly 50 years from the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

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City day care program rolls out with waiting list

The new school year launched Tuesday with all classes online in Richmond, but the promise of a robust, city-supported day care program for children of working parents and for parents with weak links to the internet has yet to be fulfilled — and it is unclear when it will be.

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State may force city to replace voting machines

Richmond, Henrico County and 27 other localities might be forced to immediately buy new voting machines for use in upcoming elections. The reason: The state Board of Elections is considering banning the wireless touch-screen machines the city and the other localities successfully have used for 10 years.

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DMV mobile service center to be outside City Hall on Sept. 7

The state Department of Motor Vehicles will operate its mobile customer service center outside Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad St. in Downtown, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

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HBCUs today

Editorials

The last few days haven’t been the greatest for HBCUs.

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Henrico to replace voting machines

Henrico County is joining Richmond in replacing its voting machines to comply with new state requirements. Ahead of the June 9 primary, the county inked a deal this week to pay $1.2 million to buy new optical scan machines, Voter Registrar Mark J. Coakley announced.

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$1M upgrade at Main Library in Downtown

Every day, dozens of people flood into the Main Library in Downtown to use public computers. They come to check emails, seek employment, do research and handle other activities in the online world, including paying bills and applying for visas.