News to Know for Sept. 30: Presidential debate recap; House approves police reform budget; Unemployment benefits paused; Sales tax changes

News to Know for Sept. 30: Presidential debate recap; House approves police reform budget; Unemployment benefits paused; Sales tax changes
During the debate, there were heated clashes over the Trump's handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s health care.

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

A “Best of the Week” Weather Day

A “Best of the Week” Weather day.

Early morning clouds, skies clear by 8 a.m.

Lower humidity. Highs in the low 70s.

A Gorgeous Day. Mostly Sunny, dropping humidity and highs in the low 70s

Violence Across The Region

It was a violent evening in Central Virginia as police in multiple localities responded to shootings.

Petersburg police responded to a triple shooting on Tuesday evening. Three men sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

One person was shot in the chest at Henrico at St. Luke Apartments and taken to the hospital.

Two shootings occurred in Richmond. One man was shot at Ashley Oaks Apartments and taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Another man was shot on Silver Avenue. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Debate Recap

The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and near chaos, Tuesday night as Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry, and personal jabs that sometimes overshadowed the sharply different visions each man has for a nation facing historic crises.

In the most tumultuous presidential debate in recent memory, Trump refused to condemn white supremacists who have supported him, telling one such group known as Proud Boys to “stand back, stand by.”

The first presidential debate of the 2020 election saw fireworks and drama as both candidates, at times, lobbied personal attacks at each other.
The first presidential debate of the 2020 election saw fireworks and drama as both candidates, at times, lobbied personal attacks at each other.

There were also heated clashes over the president’s handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results, deeply personal attacks about Biden’s family and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s health care.

Important Dates/ Info To Know

To request an absentee ballot, click here.

The last day to register to vote or update your address is Oct. 13.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 23.

The last day to vote early in-person is Oct. 31. Nov. 3 is Election Day and the last day to postmark a mail-in ballot.

Virginia House Approves Budget

The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a budget that includes funding for a host of criminal justice and police reforms amid national unrest over racial injustice and police brutality.

The House spending plan approved Tuesday allocates $28.4 million for reforms including legislation to make it easier to decertify officers who commit misconduct.

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The reform package also allows the state attorney general to investigate law enforcement agencies for patterns of unconstitutional practices.

Delay In Unemployment Benefits

The state employment commission previously said unemployed workers would get an extra $300 per-week by this week, but that’s not going to happen.

The Virginia Employment Commission says it’s in the final stages of programming the FEMA funding, and payments should arrive by Oct. 15.

It’s not clear what caused the delay.

Sales Tax Rate Changes

The region’s sales and use tax rates will increase by .7% percent for a total of 6%.

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This includes the 4.3% state tax, the .7% regional state tax and the 1% local option tax. For more information on the sales and use tax rate in Virginia, click here.

Craft Brewer Fest Goes Virtual

The Virginia Craft Brewers Fest is going virtual this year.

If you are a craft beer enthusiast, you will have seven days this October to join a virtual tasting series and interact with brewers and owners from all across Virginia.

The event will be held on CrowdCast, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s virtual event platform.

Final Thought

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Anonymous

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