News to know for Feb. 12: Chesterfield schools calendar change; Boulevard renaming; Capitol controversy

Wake-up roundup for Feb. 12, 2019

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A deadly crash shut down all lanes of southbound I-95 Tuesday morning. The incident appears to have had two tractor-trailer trucks involved.

Additional updates will be posted HERE as cleanup continues into rush hour.

1 dead in crash on I-95 in Hanover

Ready for the sun?

But things are looking much better, for at least a couple of days:

FORECAST: Another cold, rainy day in Central Virginia

Change to school calendar?

With a new superintendent in place, Chesterfield County Public Schools is proposing several changes to the 2019-2020 school year calendar.

Among the changes, which are expected to be voted on by the School Board on Feb. 12, are staggered start dates and a full week off for students at Thanksgiving.

Check out even more of the proposed changes HERE.

Boulevard to be renamed

Richmond City Council voted to rename the Boulevard after tennis player and Richmond native Arthur Ashe during Monday night’s meeting.

“Tonight, we are here because nothing has been done for years,” Ashes’ nephew David Harris Jr. said.

Harris said it’s time the city steps up and honor the legend.

“As a family, we have stayed quiet and we haven’t asked Richmond for much at all. All we ask is that you honor my uncle,” Harris said.

City Council votes to rename Boulevard after Arthur Ashe

Controversy at the Capitol

Among the developments on Monday:

- A group of black clergy and community leaders are asking for the people of Virginia to give Gov. Ralph Northam a second chance and unite the Commonwealth.

- An effort to impeach Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is on hold, but not dead. Since the General Assembly has never impeached an elected official in modern times, lawmakers find themselves in uncharted waters.

- Two of Fairfax’s staffers have resigned in the wake of the sexual assault allegations, a spokesperson confirmed. The lieutenant governor only has three staffers total. The spokeswoman also confirmed two members of a political action committee that supports Fairfax resigned as well.

- Gov. Ralph Northam referred to the first Africans to be brought to Virginia as “indentured servants" rather than slaves. There’s a wide range of reactions, with some even saying the governor isn’t technically wrong with that reference.

Groups call on public to support Northam

‘Different level of cruelty’

A dog that was tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire is being cared for by Richmond Animal Care and Control.

RACC said the dog, a male pit bull, was tied up in Abner Clay Park off Clay Street on Sunday night, covered with a flammable liquid and set on fire.

The dog, which has been named Tommie, suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body.

Dog tied to pole, set on fire in Richmond

Here’s your shot to see ‘Hamilton'

Get ready “Hamilton” fans! The national tour of the hit Broadway musical is coming to Richmond.

“Hamilton” is part of Broadway in Richmond’s 2019-2020 season at Altria Theater.

There will be 24 performance between Nov. 19 and Dec. 8.

Valentine’s Day is almost here

Haven’t made any plans yet for Valentine’s Day?!? Then head over to 12AboutTown.com for a list of things to do!

But don’t make these mistakes ...

Worst V-day experiences/gifts

SOUND OFF: What’s the WORST Valentine's day experience you’ve EVER had?

Posted by NBC12 on Monday, February 11, 2019

Final thought

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

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