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Richmond Teens Launch Start-Ups Through ‘Junior Founders’ Initiative

This Spring, a landscaping company, clothing lines and several other startups launched in Richmond, Virginia. The owners are teenagers who were guided by the Junior Founder’s Club. For Virginia Currents, WCVE’s Lauren Francis has more on the initiative and one business that combines sports and studying.

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Southwest Virginia Teachers Salaries Remain Stagnant as Financial Responsibilities Increase

Teachers in West Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina and other states are putting the national spotlight on increased funding for public schools. One issue is compensation. The average teacher salary in Virginia is about $51,000, but in some regions it’s much lower. Alexa Nash, producer of the podcast Education in Appalachia, spoke with teachers in southwest Virginia about their concerns. She has today’s Learning Curve for WCVE.

In Lexington, VA He’s A Professor; In Ghana, He’s A King

The small town of Lexington, Virginia is known for its brick-lined, historic downtown. It’s steeped in Civil War history, including the burial grounds of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. It’s not the kind of place you’d expect to find an African King. For Virginia Currents, Ben Paviour has more on the Ghanaian native who’s both a professor and a leader in his native country.

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National School Walkout Draws Hundreds to Richmond’s Capitol

Students across the country walked out of school Friday on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Greater Richmond students convened with parents, educators and some elected officials on Brown’s Island, before a march to the state capitol building.

“Today is a continuation of the movement,” said Douglas Freeman High School senior and co-organizer Maxwell Nardi. “One event does not define this. It’s instead a series of events and walks, which will someday and hopefully in the near future lead to significant changes that are needed to fix this.”

Public Comment Winds Up for Virginia Proposal to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality plans to align the state with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, lowering carbon emissions by 3% each year. The initiative, originally proposed by former Governor McAuliffe’s administration, implements a cap and trade on carbon emissions.

Tie Vote Declared in Virginia's 94th House District

A court has now declared a tie in a House of Delegates election that appeared to have gone to a Democrat by one vote the day before. The new development is the latest in a high-stakes race that could help determine which of the two major political parties control the chamber, or if the sides must broker a power-sharing agreement.

A three-judge panel officially declared the 94th District in Newport News as tied at 11,608 to 11,608 Wednesday (12/20). The certification came a day after a recount appeared to give Democrat Shelly Simonds the victory over Republican Del. David Yancey.

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