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Protecting the Forest, Preserving a Family Legacy

Nearly 140 years ago, the Jones family moved to Western Henrico. They didn’t have much at first, but eventually owned more than 1000 acres of land. A descendant is protecting what they have left and sharing his family’s history. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Special thanks to Alan Weatherhead for composing original music and scoring this story. All family photos courtesy of the Jones Family.

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Art and Social Marketing Address Rising Problem of Ocean Plastics

Millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, according to researchers. It affects the health of marine wildlife, ecosystems and humans. When it washes ashore, localities spend millions cleaning it up. In Virginia, several efforts are working to highlight and address the problem. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Henrico Schools Undertake Redistricting

Henrico County schools are in the midst of a redistricting process, aiming to reduce overcrowding and concentrations of poverty.

The first phase, approved in March, will redirect 68 rising sixth graders from Hungary Creek Middle School to Holman in the 2017/2018 school year.

The county is currently gathering input on the next phase, to further reduce crowding and address the high rates of poverty at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.

VCU Police, Advocates Champion Options for Sexual Assault Survivors

VCU Police are seeing an increase in sexual assault reports. This coincides with a new program called You Have Options, which gives survivors more control of how the crime is investigated. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn more: Find information about VCU’s You Have Options program and resources at VCU’s Wellness Resource Center, including April's events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Virginia’s “Hidden Figures” Inspire Next Generation of Scientists

The Oscar-nominated film and book Hidden Figures put a spotlight on the Black female mathematicians and engineers who worked at NASA. These Virginia women are sharing their stories and inspiring the next generation of female scientists. In this special Science Matters edition of Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

Girls in STEM Initiatives Aim to Close Gender Gap in Science

In K-12 education, girls are less likely to take engineering and computer science classes. In higher education, more disparities emerge especially for women of color, according to the non-profit National Girls Collaborative Project. Citing data from the National Science Board, that group points out that in the professional workforce, women make up just 11% of physicists and astronomers; 10% of electrical or computer hardware engineers, and 8% of mechanical engineers.

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