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City challenged to find $ for new school buildings

The likelihood that City Hall will rush to build new school buildings under a plan the Richmond School Board is advancing appeared to dim at an Education Compact meeting Monday with Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Richmond City Council.

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Rev. Curtis W. Harris, civil rights activist, 1st black Hopewell mayor, dies at 93

The Rev. Curtis W. Harris Sr. devoted his life to battling the racism and bigotry that oppressed African-Americans in Hopewell and across Virginia.

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City Council OKs money for raises, Church Hill North project

Most city employees will receive fatter paychecks this Friday, Dec. 15, while construction of the first 105 apartments will be able to move ahead on the site of the former Armstrong High School off Nine Mile Road in the East End.

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Revamped bulk trash collection to begin Dec.18

A new program that aims to create a cleaner Richmond will launch Monday, Dec. 18. Under the program, the city’s Department of Public Works staff and trucks will begin collecting every two weeks brush, small tree limbs and many other items that do not fit into a Supercan, according to Bobby Vincent, director of Public Works.

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CHIP remains on danger list

A state agency began sending out notices this week to thousands of families about the impending loss of health insurance for their children. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services began issuing the notices Tuesday amid waning hopes that the Republican-controlled Congress will extend funding beyond the end of December for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, before leaving Washington for the holiday recess.

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Wrestling with the past

Was it a victory for white supremacy?

REAL LIFE Community Center extends jail program into the city

Amid his preparations to leave office, Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. opened a new nonprofit center in Downtown this week aimed at helping people address addiction, anger and other challenges to enable them to stay out of jail.

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Possible security breach prompts RRHA to suspend convenience store payment sites

For the past few years, Lillie Estes has gone to a Richmond convenience store to pay the rent on her Gilpin Court apartment. But Monday, she found that her landlord, the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, had ended that convenience. “RRHA is supposed to give us 30 days notice. They didn’t do that. Instead, they just shut down the service,” said Ms. Estes, one of thousands of affected tenants.

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School Board approves $224.7M for school buildings

The Richmond School Board once again is challenging the mayor and City Council to find money to start replacing or renovating the decrepit public school buildings a majority of students attend.

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Creighton Court redevelopment project seeks $4.9M city bailout

The project to transform the poverty-stricken Creighton Court public housing area in the East End into a mixed-income development has run into a glitch — the master developer can’t raise all the money needed to construct the first 105 apartments.

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