News to Know for July 17: DC team allegations; One Lee lawsuit dropped; Details on RPS virtual semester; Dominion Energy supports HBCU’s; Hanover small business grants

News to Know for July 17: DC team allegations; One Lee lawsuit dropped; Details on RPS virtual semester; Dominion Energy supports HBCU’s; Hanover small business grants
One of the two lawsuits seeking to stop the state of Virginia from removing the Robert E. Lee Monument has been dropped by the plaintiffs.

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

Temperatures, Humidity Rises

After a stretch of fairly seasonable weather, temperatures and humidity will build significantly starting today and into the weekend.

Today will be partly sunny and humid with scattered showers and storms in the late afternoon and evening. Highs in the mid 90s.

Temperatures & humidity are on the rise

Team Sexual Misconduct

The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 female former employees of the city’s NFL franchise said they were sexually harassed during their time with the team.

In a statement, the team said it takes issues of employee conduct seriously and added, “While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly.”

Owner Dan Snyder has hired a District of Columbia law firm to review the Washington NFL team’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct.

Lawsuit Dropped

One of the two lawsuits seeking to stop the state of Virginia from removing the Robert E. Lee Monument has been dropped by the plaintiffs.

And the other pending lawsuit has been reassigned to a new judge.

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is the only Confederate monument left on Monument Avenue, Friday July 10, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The city of Richmond removed 11 Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue as well as other locations in the city. The Lee monument owned by the State of Virginia is scheduled to be removed after a court injunction is resolved. Plans to remove the statue include cutting it up into three pieces. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is the only Confederate monument left on Monument Avenue, Friday July 10, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The city of Richmond removed 11 Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue as well as other locations in the city. The Lee monument owned by the State of Virginia is scheduled to be removed after a court injunction is resolved. Plans to remove the statue include cutting it up into three pieces. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Source: Steve Helber)

The announcement about the lawsuit being dropped came just hours before a scheduled hearing Thursday where Attorney General Mark Herring had filed a motion to combine both measures.

VEC Concerns

More than 1 million Virginians have filed for unemployment insurance benefits since January of 2020, with thousands still having a hard time getting those benefits.

The Virginia Employment Commission held a virtual news conference Thursday to discuss the launch of the third federal benefits program to assist Virginians.

Thursday’s presentation showed approximately 60,000 applications have been flagged, resulting in an initial delay of benefits to applicants.

The VEC hopes to reach 10,000 adjudication hearing per week by the end of July or early August.

Have Questions About RPS’s Virtual Semester?

Superintendent Jason Kamras gives details on the upcoming virtual semester for Richmond Public Schools.

For more details on the format, devices, platform and expectations of the upcoming virtual semester, click here.

Richmond Public Schools unveiled a new logo in 2020.
Richmond Public Schools unveiled a new logo in 2020. (Source: Richmond Public Schools)

Petersburg’s School Reopening Options

Central Virginia school districts are finalizing plans on whether to re-open in the fall and there are some pretty serious challenges to consider.

Dr. Pitre-Martin, Petersburg’s School Superintendent, will present two options to the school board next week - either going completely virtual in the fall or a combination of in-person and at-home learning.

The school board will meet Wednesday to discuss how it will move forward.

Dominion Energy Supports HBCU’s

Dominion Energy announced the company will be launching a $35 million initiative to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as underrepresented minority students.

This six-year program will support historically black colleges and universities in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.

A sign outside of a Dominion Energy office building in downtown Richmond.
A sign outside of a Dominion Energy office building in downtown Richmond. (Source: Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

As part of the initiative, a $10 million scholarship fund will be created to support African American and underrepresented minority students across the company’s service territory.

School Names Removed

The names of Stonewall Jackson Middle School and Lee-Davis High School have been removed from its signs and buildings.

Thursday afternoon, crews were seen removing the names from signs and buildings on both campuses.

Crews were seen removing both names of Stonewall Jackson Middle School and Lee-Davis High School Thursday afternoon.
Crews were seen removing both names of Stonewall Jackson Middle School and Lee-Davis High School Thursday afternoon. (Source: Hanover NAACP)

Both of the schools’ websites were also taken down.

On July 14, the Hanover County School Board voted to change the names of both schools named after Confederate generals.

Hanover Small Business Grant

Hanover County has launched a small business grant program called the, ‘Hanover County Small Business Resiliency Grant’.

The grant program will support small businesses within the community who have been affected by closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application period opens July 17 at 12:00 p.m. and will close July 27 at 11:59 pm. All reimbursement requests must be made no later than July 27.

Quirk Yoga Classes

The Quirk Hotel is partnering with Niche Pilates Studio for a pop-up on their rooftop pool to give locals a chance to enjoy pilates, sculpt, and yoga classes.

Classes will begin on July 25 and July 26 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Quirk Hotel is partnering with Niche Pilates Studio for a pop-up on their rooftop pool to give locals a chance to enjoy pilates, sculpt, and yoga classes.
The Quirk Hotel is partnering with Niche Pilates Studio for a pop-up on their rooftop pool to give locals a chance to enjoy pilates, sculpt, and yoga classes. (Source: Pixabay)

Each class will host up to a maximum of 10 guests.

Final Thought

Meditation means dissolving the invisible walls that unawareness has built - Isha Sadhguru

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