News to know for Jan 22: RPS budget shortfall; Senate to vote on Trump proposal; another frigid morning

Top headlines for Jan. 22

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Heading back to work, you may have noticed that it’s pretty cold out there. Take any extra precautions you need as you head out.

RPS budget cut

Facing a $12 million budget deficit in 2020, Richmond Public Schools superintendent Jason Kamras is suggesting making up the difference with a $13 million dollar reduction in funding for the school district’s central office. Details of the plan will be presented Tuesday night, but Kamras said the cuts would not affect student resources like teachers or textbooks.

RPS superintendent proposes $13 million cut to central office positions, programs

Broadway star speaks to SPARC

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, SPARC welcomed Leslie Odom Jr, who is known for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Part of Odom’s message to tell those in attendance that “everyone has something to offer.”

Broadway performer gives back at SPARC

Shutdown: Month 2

As the government shutdown begins its second month, the Senate is set to vote on a proposal put forth by President Donald Trump, though it isn’t expected to get much further. Vice President Mike Pence said Trump is asking Congress to follow the words of Martin Luther King Jr, but King’s son pushed back calling his father a “bridge builder, not a wall builder.”

What else is happening?

Here are some other stories that may be of interest:

Frigid temperatures create challenges for first responders

State lawmakers to vote on bills to make schools safer from shootings

Weather

Another frigid morning but there’s a brief relief on the way.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another COLD morning Tuesday

What day is it?

Tuesday, Jan. 22 – National Blonde Brownie Day

What’s Trending

After missing a crucial pass interference penalty in the NFC championship game, eye doctors are offering those referees free eye exams.

Eye doctors offering free exams to NFL referees

Adoptable Animal

Luna needs a home. (Preferably one with a fireplace.)

Look at Luna, laying all pretty, being a good girl, enjoying the fire during these cold temperatures. Waiting for her...

Posted by Richmond Ruff House on Monday, January 21, 2019

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