Special education troubles continue for Virginia

The Virginia Department of Education continues to shirk its responsibility to ensure students with mental and emotional disabilities secure a free, appropriate public education, or FAPE in educational jargon, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

‘All-cause mortality’

A series of shootings in Richmond last week has sparked renewed calls for solutions to end gun violence. The urgent cries come as new research shows growing rates of death among young people throughout the country.

Council members link truancy to increased violence involving city youths

Richmond Public Schools needs to do more to ensure students are in class rather than roaming the streets, according to concerned members of City Council.

Richmond city attorney to retire

City Attorney Haskell C. Brown III will immediately leave City Hall’s top legal post in the wake of his arrest for drunken driving, the Free Press has learned.

Henrico County deputies charged in man’s death at mental hospital

Seven Virginia sheriff’s office employees have been charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of a 28-year-old man at a state mental hospital last week, a local prosecutor said Tuesday.

COVID-19 Remembrance Day

COVID-19 Remembrance Day on Tuesday drew people throughout Richmond to Virginia Union University’s Bell Tower.

Free vaccines for COVID-19 continues

The Richmond and Henrico health districts are offering free vaccines for COVID-19 and more at the following locations:

RPS essay winners receive cash awards

Three RPS students received cash awards for their winning submissions to the Game Changer writing contest sponsored by the Richmond Crusade for Voters and Richmond Public Schools.

NIH awards $27M to VCU’s Wright Center

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Virginia Commonwealth University a seven-year, $27 million grant to provide new therapy techniques “to the community” and to reduce regional health disparities.

UR receives $250K NIH grant for redlining research

Robert K. Nelson, director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, has been awarded nearly $250,000 from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of redlining — racially-motivated lending discrimination — on health inequalities.

RPS student is local Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Richmond Community High School senior A’landa Macklin has been selected as the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond Youth of the Year. As a result, she will receive a $10,000 scholarship and is eligible to compete at the state ...

Level Up accepting applications for podcasting program

Applications are now open for the Level Up Academy, a summer podcast intensive created by the VPM + ICA Community Media Center to provide high quality teaching and opportunities for young adults in Richmond.

New HIV treatment facility opens in Henrico

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry opened the doors to its new HIV treatment facility Wednesday morning, ringing in the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Leadership summit will amplify student voices

Some 600 Richmond-area high school students will attend Teen Summit RVA at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on March 18.

Gandy name may be eliminated by Hanover School Board

The Hanover School Board is moving to eliminate the name of John M. Gandy, the only Black person for whom a county school is named.