City Council votes 8-1 to increase their salaries

City Council members awarded themselves substantial pay raises Monday night in a near-unanimous vote, the first salary increase for the elected officials in more than two decades.

NAACP sues Shenandoah over Confederate names

The Virginia NAACP on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Shenandoah County School Board for what it called “reaffirming discrimination,” after the school system voted to rebrand schools with Confederate names in May.

Clock is TikTok-ing

Meghin Martin created a TikTok account two years ago to share her experience working at a local Starbucks. Under the username @ex_barista, Martin asked other TikTok users who worked at the coffeehouse chain if they had been scheduled for only …

Oklahoma Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit of last Tulsa Race Massacre survivors seeking reparations

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, dampening the hope of advocates for racial justice that the city would make financial amends for one of the worst single acts of …

New supportive housing complex opens in East End

A new supportive housing community celebrated its grand opening this week in Richmond’s East End. The Cool Lane Commons complex features 86 affordable apartments along with on-site services and amenities for residents. Developed by the non-profit Virginia Supportive Housing, the …

Lawsuit challenging stadium project dismissed

A lawsuit looking to halt the Richmond city government’s plan for the Diamond District’s baseball stadium was dismissed last week. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant tossed out the suit from attorney Paul Goldman during a hearing last Friday. …

Juneteenth holiday closings

In observance of Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 19, please note the following:

Richmond SPCA offers free pet adoptions through Friday

The Richmond SPCA is waiving adoption fees for adult pets through June 14 to make space to help overcrowded municipal shelters across Virginia.

RPS partners with health district for student immunizations

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are partnering with Richmond Public Schools to provide immunization and physical clinics for students entering seventh and 12th grades this summer.

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues

For the week ending Saturday, June 8, confirmed hospital admissions for COVID-19 in Virginia rose 14.6% from the previous week. No deaths associated with COVID-19 were reported statewide during that timeframe. COVID-19 wastewater levels in Central Virginia remain below detection.

More charges reduced in death of Irvo Otieno

Murder charges against three people for their role in the death of Irvo Otieno have been downgraded to involuntary manslaughter.

Land trust makes homeownership affordable

Maggie Walker Community Land Trust set to make its 100th home sale soon

Jackie Robinson rebuilt in bronze after theft of statue

As he coats a mold of Jackie Robinson with wax, metalsmith Alex Haines reflected on the extra importance of a project that will soon give the city of Wichita, Kan., a replacement bronze statue of the baseball icon after thieves …

Community gathering focuses on future of former hospital

Hazel R. Stamps, Viola Johnson, Hazel N. Robinson, Ida Ruth Robinson. These nurses and others were remembered during the third community gathering at the former Richmond Community Hospital on Sunday morning.

NAACP hosts ‘Day Out’ against gun violence

The Richmond Branch NAACP will bring its efforts to end gun violence to the places most affected in the city this Friday, during National Gun Violence Awareness Day, as they and over 15 city and community partners participate in a …