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Organizers claim success in schools petition drive

The petition drive to put the issue of modernizing Richmond’s dilapidated public schools before city voters has succeeded, according to the leader of the campaign

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GRTC Pulse service delays start

The new GRTC Pulse bus rapid transit no longer is expected to be completed, tested and operating by the end of October. GRTC had advertised on its weekly updates that Pulse would arrive in 2017, but that changed in recent updates to “arriving soon.”

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New VUU president

Dr. Hakim J. Lucas of Bethune-Cookman tapped as school’s 13th president

They’ve been rivals forever, but Virginia Union and Virginia State universities soon will have one thing in common — a first-time president with executive credentials honed at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. Twenty months after VSU hired Bethune-Cookman Provost Makola M. Abdullah as its 14th president, VUU announced that the Florida university’s chief fundraiser, Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, would become its 13th president, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Lucas’ appointment was announced Tuesday by Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, VUU’s board chairman, following a 14-month search to replace former President Claude G. Perkins, who stepped down in June 2016, first taking a sabbatical and then retiring.

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Pay raise problems resolved

The salary snafu at City Hall has been resolved. Police officers and firefighters are to receive their delayed raises on Friday, Aug. 11, when the next city paychecks are issued, according to Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s press secretary, Jim Nolan.

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GRTC to hold meetings on bus route changes

How will GRTC’s overhaul of its bus routes and bus stops affect you? Regular riders and potential transit users can find out at a series of information meetings that kick off Saturday, Aug. 5. The meetings will spell out the changes to be put in place when the new Pulse Bus Rapid Transit System begins operating.

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More charges prompt hold on Morrissey bar hearing

Attorney Joseph D. “Joe” Morrissey can still practice law — for now. A three-judge panel hit the pause button Wednesday on a scheduled two-day hearing to determine whether the former state delegate should keep his law license.

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Virginia State Bar schedules Aug. 2 hearing on Morrissey’s law license

Next week, a three-judge panel will decide whether to again suspend or revoke the law license of former Delegate Joseph D. “Joe” Morrissey.

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New customer service number for city public utilities

That is the new customer service phone number for the Richmond Department of Public Utilities, it has been announced. DPU is no longer connected to the city’s 311 call center, which routes calls to public works, animal control, tax offices and other city operations. The 311 center also gets calls through (804) 646-7000.

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City Hall computers secure

City Hall’s computer defenses appear to be successful. The City of Richmond’s computer specialists, it turns out, have dealt with and overcome hacking attempts and other computer challenges that have made headlines elsewhere, officials said.

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Siblings bring own organ donation experience to Minority Donor Awareness Week

Malcolm K. Bradford feels fortunate that he had a sister willing to donate a kidney when both of his failed. “People who were in dialysis with me are still on the waiting list” for an organ transplant, said the 47-year-old city employee, who is in good health since the operation two years ago.

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