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Chesterfield announces housing choice vouchers

The waiting list for Virginia Housing and the Chesterfield- Colonial Heights Department of Social Services’ housing choice vouchers opens Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone who wants to submit an application.

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Youngkin appoints Lisa Coons as superintendent of public instruction

Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday announced the appointment of Tennessee Chief Academic Officer Lisa Coons as Virginia’s 27th superintendent of public instruction. Dr. Coons’ appointment as the commonwealth’s chief school officer is effective Monday, April 17.

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Bubba’s Block Party returns

NASCAR driver William D. “Bubba” Wallace will again host a block party for the Richmond community as part of the return of racing to the track in Henrico County, it has been announced.

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UR receives $250K NIH grant for redlining research

Rob Nelson will explore racially motivated housing and health inequities

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Henrico County breaks ground for first large community park since 1982

A ground-breaking ceremony for the 99-acre Taylor Farm Park in Henrico County’s Sandston district took place Feb. 27 at 200 Whiteside Road, off East Williamsburg Road.

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Warner, Kaine announce $9.7M to expand broadband at Va. HBCUs

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner and Sen. Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $9,685,734 in federal funding to support the expansion of broadband at three Virginia Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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DHR to administer preservation easement over Drexel-Morrell Center property

A permanent preservation and open-space easement has been established for the Drexel- Morrell Center, a historic property in Powhatan County that highlights the role of African-Americans in that area, and the life and contributions of American Catholic St. Katharine Drexel, founder of two now defunct African-American academies that were located nearby.

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