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Former Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine Returns to Senate Calling on Redefinition of War with Islamic Militants

Now that the 2016 election is over and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine returns to his work in Congress, he is returning to some of his previous goals.

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine -- who served just a couple of weeks ago as Hillary Clinton’s Vice-Presidential running mate -- renewed his call for an official declaration of war against Islamic Militants. Kaine even took-on outgoing President Barack Obama.

ACLU Opposes Proposed DOE Amendment

The ACLU of Virginia says it is opposed to a proposed controversial amendment by the Virginia Board of Education -- that it says could censor classic works of art for Virginia students.

Joining ranks with the National Coalition Against Censorship, Legal Director of the ACLU of Virginia, Leslie Mehta says the proposed amendment is not defined. As a result says Mehta, classic works of art such as Literary Classics such as Romeo and Juliet, The Diary of Anne Frank, or a Brave New World, could be deemed sexually explicit.

Monroe Park Gets A Facelift

The most historic park in Richmond is about to get a face lift. The Monroe Park Conservancy, the group heading a major renovation of historic Monroe Park, said it has reached it’s initial fundraising goal of $3 million dollars in private funding. Now, says Alice Massie, who is representing the Conservancy, the work can begin.

Massie says at first you will see light construction crews working around the park area in an effort to protect the healthy trees that line the walks. She says after the initial work of protecting the trees and plants is complete, work should go quickly.

ACLU Files With Supreme Court To Not Hear Transgender Case

This week the ACLU of Virginia filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to not hear Gloucester County’s suit in the case of Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm, which is already in process in the Circuit Court system.

Bill Farrar, who is director of public policy and communications for the ACLU of Virginia, describes the problem as basically putting the cart before the horse. There is already a date set in January of 2017 when the case will be heard in the Circuit Court.

Checkpoints In Full Force For Holiday Weekend

It’s considered by most to be the last holiday of the summer season. Trips to the beach. To see friends and family for picnics. To anywhere.

Brian Moran, Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security says during the past three years in Virginia, traffic fatalities have declined. But, not so for the 4 to 5 days over Labor Day.

The number of deaths has actually risen for the past three years -- due largely to drunk driving. Millicent Ford, Assistant Commissioner of the DMV, says many of the DUIs are males.

Fort Lee Hosts Active Shooter Drill

We’re all familiar with the Fort Hood or Washington Navy Yard shooters. However, hopefully, as a result of exercises that take place like the one at Fort Lee this morning (8/23), we’ll be better prepared.

An active shooter roll playing drill began early this morning at the Fort Lee Army base with a barrage of gun fire intended to startle an armed tactical fighter response to secure the scene, followed by a triage crew of soldiers to attend to mock victims. However, the goal was to test the readiness of the base for any crisis.

West Virginia Sees Uptick In Heroin Overdoses

West Virginia officials and telling users of heroin to beware of a deadly batch of the dangerous drug.

West Virginia authorities responded to 26 overdoses in four-hour span. Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring tells us it’s a problem in the Commonwealth as well.

The rash of overdoses in neighboring West Virginia, say first responders, was due to heroin laced with another strong substance. Authorities aren’t sure just yet what the additive was.

Group To March In Richmond for Higher Minimum Wage

In addition to other major events happening in Richmond this weekend that will bring thousand of visitors, the National Fight for $15 says it hopes to draw up to 10,000 marchers.

Kendall Fells, who is the National Organizing Director of the group says the march is intended to rally minimum wage workers to support political candidates who support the cause. Fells says Richmond was chosen as the center for the march because of its history with slavery. The National Fight for $15 says the conditions of slavery produced the results of where we are today for many families.

Major Events In Richmond This Weekend May Cause Traffic Delays

This weekend getting around areas of Richmond may be tough.

It could be the perfect traffic storm of traffic. This weekend Richmond will host the Annual Jazz fest which will bring thousands of attendees from Downtown to Maymont, the National Fight for 15 March will be feature a march Saturday afternoon from Monroe Park to the Lee Memorial that is expected to draw 10,000.

Deputy Chief Steve Drew of the Richmond Police says weekend events here have become common for his department.

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