The leaders of several historically black colleges and universities are gathering in Richmond today (11/14) to discuss their past, present and future. It’s part of Virginia Union’s 150th anniversary celebration and President Claude Perkins will be joined by the heads of Benedict College, Bowie State, Tougaloo College, Shaw University, and Johnson C. Smith University to talk about challenges facing the schools both now and in the future.
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More than 80 US forces returning from the Ebola response mission in Liberia have arrived at Langley Air Force Base where they will spend 21-days in quarantine-like isolation. The returning troops were part of a mission to one of the three West African Countries at the heart of the Ebola epidemic. None have symptoms, but they will remain under what the Pentagon has described as “controlled monitoring” for three weeks under new guidance aimed at containing possible Ebola contagion.
The Hanover County Board of Supervisors will reconsider its vote against a 68-home development on Summer Duck Farm. The Board had voted down rezoning of the land last month by 4-3, but Supervisor Elton Wade, Sr. later said he had changed his mind. He thought the development should procede and asked the board reconsider.
County Attorney Sterling Rives said a zoning decision can be reconsiderd if the request came from someone who had voted with the majority and yesterday the board voted unanimously for another public hearing.
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The country’s largest Civil War battlefield protection group is set to announce today (11/11) that it is enlarging its mission to preserve the battlefields of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Over 27 years, the Civil War Trust has preserved more than 40,000 acres of Civil War land, including large parcels at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and many sites in Virginia. Funds come from the National Park Service, state governments, individual donors and members.
The General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has released its final report on escalating college costs and what to do about it. JLARC says Virginia’s universities could be made more affordable by limiting mandatory fees for athletics, redirecting state financial aid to schools and students who need it most, and slowing the seven billion dollar campus construction boom.
Virginia’s active duty personnel and veterans have a combined suicide rate about double the general population but seeking help is often a problem. To help with that, the Virginia Department of Health is offering a free on-line interactive simulation for veterans and their families. The simulation lets real family members adopt an appropriate role in the video, and select a response to an angry outburst, for example, and gives you feedback. People who have done the online role-playing say it really helps.
The James River Association says despite years of progress, there are new dangers facing the James.
The Association is calling for increased rail inspections, tougher regulations for tank cars carrying volatile material and requirements for appropriate insurance. They are working with the Governors task force on rail safety for the inspections and the federal government on safety regulations and insurance.
DNA recovered from under the fingernail of a sexual assault victim in 2005 matches that of Jesse Matthew, Jr. Matthew is already being held in Charlottesville charged with abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham, and authorities say they have a forensic link with the disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington in 2009.
McKesson Medical-Surgical, Inc. plans to relocate its Henrico headquarters to a former Circuit City building and hire an additional 225 people. Based in Henrico since 1998, McKesson is a major distributor of medical and surgical supplies. McKesson is one of the largest private employers in the region.