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Virginia Community Colleges Building Degrees with No Textbook Costs

College students can spend more than $1000 each year on books and supplies. Virginia’s Community Colleges are addressing that burden by offering courses that don’t require pricey textbooks. The goal is to build entire degrees with zero textbook costs at each of the 23 colleges across the state. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.

Urban Archeology Corps Uncovers Gravel Hill History

For the last ten weeks, Richmond teens have been taking part in an initiative called the Urban Archeology Corps. Part of the National Park System’s goals to increase diversity, the program is focusing on the history of Gravel Hill, a 18th Century community of free African Americans in Varina. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

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.


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.


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