With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1st, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.
CARITAS, a nonprofit that strives to end homelessness, plans to start a long-term recovery program for women in Richmond after the success of its program for men, The Healing Place. The women’s facility is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
Monroe Park will reopen next spring with a slew of improvements if work remains on schedule, but rival factions are battling over whether to modernize the park with contemporary features or make it look as it did during its heyday in the early 1900s.
The entire mall will receive improvements to its façade and Regal Cinemas will replace Macy’s as the main anchor tenant. Additionally, the parking deck on the north side of the mall will be demolished to make way for an additional 12,000 square feet of retail space.
Richmond is almost on track to match the number of murders in 2016, which was the city’s deadliest year in a decade. Against that worrisome trend, the police department has been holding public forums to hear residents’ concerns and seek their help in curbing gun violence and other crime.
Last year, the 359 ABC stores across the commonwealth had gross sales of about $895 million – $106 for every resident of Virginia. The stores sold 11.4 million gallons of alcoholic beverages, or 1.4 gallons per capita.