News to know for Oct. 9: Ukrop’s food to return; Woman killed by GRTC Pulse bus; Police search for park vandals

News to know for Oct. 9

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Happy Hump Day! Before you start your day, here’s the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Pleasant weather

Wednesday will be a mostly cloudy day of pleasant October weather.

Low temperatures will be in the mid 50s, with highs in the mid 60s.

Download the NBC12 Weather App for an hour-by-hour forecast.

Pleasant October weather, little chance of rain

Woman hit, killed by GRTC Pulse bus

The accident occurred as the bus traveled east on Broad Street around 5 p.m. Police believe the woman crossed into the bus lane when she was struck. She died on the scene.

GRTC said it is reviewing video from the bus’ surveillance camera, and the driver is on leave pending an internal investigation.

Woman struck, killed by GRTC Pulse bus

Police search for Abner Clay Park vandals

Richmond police are searching for at least five people who vandalized Abner Clay Park.

Police say the vandals caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to a construction zone.

The vandals were captured on camera destroying the construction fencing around the park on Monday, Sept. 30. Anyone with information is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective K. Robinson at (804) 646-6820 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

Police looking for vandals at Abner Clay Park

Ukrop’s food hall approved

Ukrop’s is planning to open a new food hall in the West End in “late 2020.”

The company posted to Facebook that “It will NOT be a grocery store, but rather a place where we can offer some of our food fans’ most requested Ukrop’s items, such as: our famous fried chicken, potato wedges, paninis, pizza, and other favorites.”

Henrico’s planning commission approved the rezoning plan in September and the Board of Supervisors gave it unanimous support Tuesday.

Ukrop’s food fans get ready: West End food hall being planned

Burn bans expand

There are now more than two dozen burn bans in effect in Virginia.

All open burning has been prohibited in Colonial Heights and Chesterfield, Henrico, Dinwiddie, Louisa, Hanover and Goochland counties due to dry conditions.

County officials say that drought conditions have been observed in forests, brush and fields in the county, creating an “extraordinary” fire hazard.

Burn ban in effect in several counties

Richmond graduation rate drops

Graduation rates were released Tuesday, with Richmond Public Schools coming in last.

The school district has the lowest number of seniors graduating on-time in the state, according to the rates.

Richmond Public Schools’ graduation rate fell from 75% in the 2018 to 70% this past spring.

Richmond's graduation rate dropped 5% from 2018 to 2019, amid a transcript crackdown.
Richmond's graduation rate dropped 5% from 2018 to 2019, amid a transcript crackdown. (Source: NBC12)

Final thought

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

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