As we reported last week, the VCU police department is the first public institution of higher learning in Virginia to be certified as a crime prevention campus. I asked Chief John Venuti for details about what that means. He explained that 11 corps safety goals were established, including having a crime prevention specialist on staff, maintaining mutual aid agreements with other agencies; continuing compliance of a federally required crisis management plan; and distributing campus safety information.
John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.
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The Virginia Association of Counties recently held a workshop for local officials to talk about fracking, a hot button issue in northern neck counties. Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, a horizontal drilling process to get to oil, natural gas, and other resources trapped underground in shale formations.
Jobs have been scarce in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties over the past few years, but data released by the Virginia Employment Commission show a slow turnaround. That drop represents the second month in a row showing some improvement for the labor force. 125 more people found jobs.
At the same time, the overall number of jobs is fewer than were created in March 2013. Last year 11, 530 were working in Mecklenburg this year there are 305 fewer employed. Last year the jobless rate was at 9.1%. The difference is largely the result of a decline in available workers.
Correspondent John Ogle looks at the latest annual listing of Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Sites.
A CSX train loaded with crude oil derailed in Lynchburg yesterday afternoon and some of the oil spilled into the James River. A state of emergency was declared in Lynchburg when several of the oil carriers caught fire. Pat Calvert’s office in Lynchburg is not far from where the cars derailed. Calvert, the Upper James River keeper for the James River Association, says fire officials told him at least 50,000 gallons of crude was consumed by fire or spilled into the James.
The Corsi Group is one of the country’s leading makers of cabinets. They’re investing $5 million dollars in a manufacturing plant in Charlotte County. Virginia and Kentucky competed for the project that’s expected to create 110 new jobs. Charlotte County has an unemployment rate of 7.2%. This will be the Corsi Group’s first venture on the East coast. With headquarters in Indianapolis, the group has been designing and manufacturing custom and semi custom cabinetry since 1973.
There’s a new exhibit at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for Health Sciences at VCU. It features microscopic images. The exhibit, Through the Looking Glass, includes images of a black widow spider’s silk spinning organ, lung cells of a mouse, muscle fibers within the inner ear. One of three student winners was Ryan Clohessy, studying biomedical engineering. His image was the result of a failed experiment to build biomaterial scaffolding. The mircro image exhibit will be open through the end of the year.
The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront has merged with the Capital Region Land Conservancy and both will work to continue to protect land along the James. The two began talking about the enhanced impact of joining together late last year. There are discussions going on now about adding hiking trails and other public recreation The easements will remain. Land restrictions, land use limitation, and reserved rights of land will not be changed. All of the land will be protected in perpetuity.
Petersburg Police were busy in the Heights neighborhood very early Sunday morning. A shooting incident brought them to the 600 block. 25 year old Akeim Easter was found on the porch of a house. He had been shot and died later Southside Regional Medical Center. Another gunshot victim showed up there with a non life threatening wound and less than a hour later police were on St. Luke Street with another gun shot victim. Petersburg Police are very visible in the Heights Neighborhood now and questions are being asked.