News to Know for Jan. 9: Chesterfield votes to support 2nd Amendment; Gun control major topic of Governor speech; Near-record warm spell coming

News to Know for Jan. 9: Chesterfield votes to support 2nd Amendment; Gun control major topic of Governor speech; Near-record warm spell coming
Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to put on record their support for the Second Amendment. (Source: file video)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a quick look at our top headlines to help get you out the door.

Near-Record Warm Spell Coming

But don’t get too excited... that’s not until the weekend. Today will be mostly sunny and chilly - highs in the mid-40s

A cold and sunny day before a near record warm spell hits

Brush Fire Delays Morning Traffic

A brush fire delayed traffic on I-95 South for a short time this morning.

Traffic Alert for Brush Fire on I-95 S

BRUSH FIRE: 🚨🔥🚒 Brush fire on I-95 South at mile marker 60 (near Route 10 exit 61). Right lane and shoulder blocked.

Posted by NBC12 on Thursday, January 9, 2020

It happened near mile marker 60 - by Route 10, exit 61. Crews had the scene cleared within an hour.

Chesterfield Votes to Support Second Amendment

Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to put on record their support for the Second Amendment.

Back in December, the county decided not to vote on the issue. And now, they are still not using that exact language but did acknowledge the overwhelming support for the protection of the Second Amendment.

The board has vowed to protect that right along with many others.

On The Flip Side

In last night’s State of the Commonwealth Address, Governor Northam made gun control a major topic, saying he hopes eight gun control measures are passed during the session.

Watch the entire speech here:

State of the Commonwealth

Governor Ralph Northam delivers the State of the Commonwealth address

Posted by NBC12 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

It remains unclear what the governor’s stance means in relation to Second Amendment sanctuary cities.

Deadly Hopewell Shooting

One person is dead after a shooting in Hopewell.

Jimmy Darrelle Beverly, 49, was found inside a home on Brooklawn Avenue with life-threatening injuries. He later died.

One person is dead after a shooting in Hopewell.
One person is dead after a shooting in Hopewell. (Source: Criminal Investigations and Street Crimes)

Anyone with information is asked to call Lead Detective Keith Krueger of the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at 804-541-2284.

Petersburg Arson Trial

Today in Petersburg, a woman accused of setting a home on fire, while her girlfriend and a baby were inside, will stand trial.

Crystal Wilkins-Taylor, 34, was originally charged with attempted murder, but online court records show she’s now facing two counts of 2nd-degree murder.
Crystal Wilkins-Taylor, 34, was originally charged with attempted murder, but online court records show she’s now facing two counts of 2nd-degree murder. (Source: NBC12)

Crystal Wilkins-Taylor, 34, faces murder and arson charges for the August 2018 incident.

Authorities say the fire was set in the living room after a domestic dispute. She was originally charged with attempted murder, but online court records show she’s now facing two counts of 2nd-degree murder.

Iran War Powers Resolution Vote

House Democrats are preparing to pass a measure that would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D - Virginia) and Senator Dick Durbin (D - Illinois) introduced the resolution Friday, which would force the Senate to debate and vote on any further escalation of hostilities with Iran.

It might be only a symbolic gesture by Democratic lawmakers, who have criticized Trump for not consulting with leaders of both parties when he decided to order a drone strike that killed Iran’s top military leader.

Republicans in the Senate are unlikely to approve the measure even if House Republicans fall short in their effort to oppose it.

Fund Our Schools

People who passed under the Bryan Park Interchange at I-95 Wednesday noticed a serious message taking over the bridge.

Education advocates lit up signs to encourage lawmakers to pour out more money for Virginia schools.

The Virginia Educators United group lights up bridge to send an important message.
The Virginia Educators United group lights up bridge to send an important message. (Source: SOURCE: Virginia Educators United)

Governor Northam is proposing a $1.2 billion education plan, calling it one of the largest new investments in education ever. It includes a 3% salary increase for teachers over two years.

Education advocates are concerned much of it will be absorbed by a growing number of students and inflation.

Amtrak BOGO Deal

Amtrak is looking to make your early 2020 travel plans easier with its limited-time buy one, get one free promotion.

Tickets must be bought before Jan 13. to be eligible and the offer is valid for travel from Feb. 1, through June 12, with blackout dates on April 10, April 13 and May 22 through May 25. The buy tickets click HERE.

Local Star Releasing New Music

Do you remember Shayla Winn also known as Shayy? She’s the visually impaired Chesterfield girl who wowed the judges on American Idol this past season and brought celebrity judge Lionel Richie to tears with her performance.

She is now launching her singing career and releasing her first music single in January 2020. It will be available on I-Tunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

Former American Idol Chesterfield contestant working on music single

Final Thought

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

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