A section of Richmond’s East End is transforming with craft breweries, solar homes and riverfront development. But a group of residents, many displaced by a 1970 urban renewal plan, want to make sure Fulton's history is acknowledged and preserved. In the second of our two part series, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more.
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For the last several years, Richmond Community High School has had good reason to celebrate. Each and every senior has been accepted to college. This year, students collectively won nearly $10 million in scholarships.
So what is Community High’s formula for success? Learning Curve’s Catherine Komp spoke with longtime guidance counselor Bernita Williams about what students can start doing in their freshman year, why junior year is so important and how parents can play a role.
In the 1970s, one of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods disappeared. The Fulton Urban Renewal Plan destroyed more than 800 homes, churches and businesses. After 46 years, the plan is winding to a close. In the first of a two-part series, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
After making the movie Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions in Richmond, filmmaker Praheme headed to Los Angeles to build the next stage in his career. On a recent trip home, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp caught up with the award-winning director to learn more about his work and his next film.
One of the new laws taking effect in July will expand computer literacy in Virginia. The bill changes the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning to include “computation and critical reasoning, including problem solving and decision making; proficiency in the use of computers and related technology; computer science and computational thinking, including computer coding; and the skills to manage personal finances and to make sound financial decisions.”
A key proponent of the measure is Code VA, a nonprofit started in 2014 by a computer scienceteacher and a former journalist.
Fifteen years ago, the first Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls took place in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the model has spread globally including to Richmond. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
More than 50 works by globally-acclaimed artist Kehinde Wiley are on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The artist has filled museum and collectors’ walls with large-scale paintings that depict people of color in grand and regal ways. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
In the report “Suspended Progress,” Legal Aid Justice Center analyzes more than 126,000 out-of-school suspensions issued in Virginia during the 2014-2015 academic year. Of those, 2,800 students received long-term suspensions, between 11 school days and an entire calendar year.
Another 69,000 students received about 123,000 short-term suspensions, anywhere up to ten days.
Four hundred youth between the ages of 15 and 24 died from opioid overdoses in Virginia between 2010 and 2014, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. An alternative treatment model - recovery high school - seeks to help young people who are addicted. In WCVE’s ongoing series Facing Addiction, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp reports.
Thousands of people in Virginia are seeking help for opioid addiction. Many are using a combination of treatment, including peer support, counseling, healthy living and opioid replacement therapy. But the demand is outpacing available services. In part four of our series Facing Addition, Catherine Komp reports.