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As ADA Turns 25, Advocates Continue Work Toward Equality

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark law extending civil rights to millions of people across the country. Longtime disability rights advocate Jim Rothrock was at the signing ceremony. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spoke to him about the impact of the ADA and the challenges that remain.

A Vision In Richmond: Sustainability With Style

Richmond is one of five cities selected by the EPA for this year’s Greening America's Capitals program. The initiative develops solutions to improve air and water quality while also creating friendlier streets with social and economic benefits. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Find out about the Greening America's Capitals program and what solutions other cities are implementing.

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Storytelling Project Brings Diverse Neighbors Together

Residents of a North Richmond community are coming together to document and share the history of the neighborhood. “Battery Park Stories” seeks to honor the legacy of longtime residents and bring neighbors of different ages and races together. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Follow updates from the Battery Park Civic Association and learn about the history of the neighborhood.

Virginia Program Creates Pipeline to College for Latino Youth

The Hispanic population is growing in the Commonwealth, but many are not enrolling in college. A Virginia non-profit aims to close that education gap. Each summer, they bring together Latino high school students to help them prepare for college and to be inspired by those who’ve learned how to navigate the system. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.

In a Food Desert, Solutions Take Root

About one-quarter of Petersburg residents are food insecure. In a city grappling with high rates of poverty, diabetes and obesity, many have better access to corner markets than grocery stores. Community organizers and agricultural specialists are aiming to change that through grassroots organizing and an innovative indoor farm. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Exploring Shenandoah Valley’s Farm Trail

As agri-tourism grows across Virginia, a regional effort in the Shenandoah Valley is promoting the region’s abundance of homegrown products and services. The state’s first “farm trail,” Fields of Gold connects the public to growers, ranchers and producers and aims to boost economic activity for these small businesses. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

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