Mar 18, 2024 - News

🌊 The Current: Religious leaders push for wage increase

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🙏 More than 400 religious leaders across Virginia area urging Gov. Youngkin to sign legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. (Times-Dispatch)

🛠️ Virginia is one of 10 states that has no working-class lawmakers in its statehouse, defined as someone who currently or recently worked a manual labor, service industry, clerical or union job. (Stateline)

  • Roughly 50% of U.S. workers are defined as much, compared with 1.6% of state lawmakers nationwide.

🛣️ Chesterfield's proposed $2 billion budget includes around $150 million for a Powhite Parkway extension, plus a 1-cent real estate tax decrease. (BizSense)

🥖 Baker's Crust quietly closed its Carytown location on March 3 after 26 years in business. (BizSense)

🦦 After tallying 11,500 votes, Nola was the clear winner and is now the name of Maymont's baby otter by a margin of 1,300 votes. (News release)

🏀 The Richmond Spiders women are the only area team taking part in March Madness. They'll open the tournament as a No. 10 seed against No. 7 Duke in Columbus on Friday. (Times-Dispatch)

  • VCU just missed out on the men's tournament with a 57-51 loss to Duquesne in the A-10 championship game.

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