A new book explores the family behind one of Richmond’s most popular public spaces - Maymont. Author Mary Lynn Bayliss spent decades piecing together the history of the Dooley Family. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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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.
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I. Virginia author and historian Kitty Snow is piecing together local stories about the war and its aftermath in her new project, From Richmond to France. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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 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 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.
Each Spring, students across the country compete in robotics competitions. The initiatives develop proficiencies in STEM. But they also foster business skills, collaboration and community engagement.
Experiencing racism and discrimination can have an impact on mental health. But a group of VCU students say not enough people are talking about this issue. So they created a new initiative: “Black Minds Matter.” WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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.