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Absentee ballots can be requested online through new state portal

Virginians now can go online to apply for an absentee ballot. That’s possible after the Virginia Department of Elections launched its new online “citizens portal” Wednesday, according to a release from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office.

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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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State vital records now online

Millions of individual records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces in Virginia in the past 100 years are now available online, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week.

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Selma Online offers free civil rights lessons amid virus

The first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 led to police violence against peaceful African-American demonstrators. The police beatings on what became known as “Bloody Sunday” generated anger across the nation 55 years ago this month and prompted President Lyndon B. Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act through Congress. It was one of the most significant moments in U.S. history but remains almost absent from public schools’ social studies lessons.

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Threat of COVID-19 keeping RPS students at home

Richmond Public Schools students will continue learning online this fall when the 2020-21 academic year starts Sept. 8.

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Walmart, Target quit Thanksgiving shopping cold turkey; Black Friday still looms in the air

Forget about rushing out this year on Thanksgiving Day to get a jump on Christmas shopping. Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of jumpstarting Black Friday door buster sales.

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RPS ramping up online learning

Distance learning via computers soon could become more robust for public school students in Richmond while schools are closed.

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City Council setting up procedures for public meetings online

The Richmond City Council is moving to set up processes and procedures for holding online public meetings, including ways to gain resident comments on legislation, it was announced Tuesday.

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Suggestion for King license plate

Re “Proposed King license plate shelved until next year,” Free Press Jan. 10-12 edition: I read where the commemorative license plate plan honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was postponed until next year because only 100 signatures were collected.

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COVID-19 brings adjustments to area colleges

Richmond area colleges and universities plan to step up sanitation measures and reduce campus populations by turning to more online classes in dealing with coronavirus as the fall semester begins.

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Black artists alliance to hold benefit online auction for COVID-19 relief

Members of the Black American Artists Alliance of Richmond are holding an online art auction from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6, to benefit CultureWorks’ COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund.

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Visit museums, gardens and historical sites in Richmond and the world online

Richmond area museums are offering on- line activities, virtual tours and resources to youngsters and families as schools are out for the rest of the academic year and museums and other public venues have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Let’s Talk

“Let’s Talk” is now online.

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27,952 registered in 2 days

Voters flood state online registration system during deadline extension

Tens of thousands of Virginians registered to vote last week after a federal judge ordered the state to reopen the voter rolls for two extra days.

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Coronavirus Closings

In light of local and state precautions underway to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please take note of the following closings, cancellations and scheduling changes:

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Public policy summer academy scholarships available to Richmond and Petersburg students

High school and college students in Richmond and Petersburg are being offered scholarships to participate in a free online summer academy that will focus on youth and public policy amid the pandemic, it has been announced.

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Illustrator Shannon Wright brings skills to Richmond Folk Festival official poster

Artist Shannon Wright, an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has been featured in major publications, books and online sites including The New York Times, The Atlantic magazine, The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, Google Doodles and Scholastic, has been commissioned to create the official poster for the 16th Annual Richmond Folk Festival.

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Free yearlong pass to national parks

Fourth-graders and their families can visit the national parks and federal recreation areas of their choice across the country for free for an entire year.

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City Council slated to vote April 9 on remote meetings

City Council is to take its final step Thursday, April 9, to enable online meetings that would include a method to allow the public to submit comments.

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2020 Festival of Arts goes online with live virtual performances

The coronavirus can’t stop the show.