News to Know for Nov. 19: Unemployment benefits update; Northam signs revised budget; Henrico virtual learning

News to Know for Nov. 19: Unemployment benefits update; Northam signs revised budget; Henrico virtual learning
If Virginia’s unemployment rate goes back up, job seekers could then be eligible for those extended benefits again. (Source: NBC12)

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

Cold Start, But Warmer Weekend Ahead

A brief cold snap, then it’s warm-for-November and dry this weekend.

Today will be a cold start with a freeze likely around sunrise otherwise sunny. Highs in the mid-50s.

COLD start to Thursday, warming up this weekend

Missing Richmond Man

Preston Cantrell, 26, was last seen walking away from One Source along Rady Street on Nov. 6.

Police said Cantrell suffers from a mental health disorder and may be off of his medication.

Preston Cantrell
Preston Cantrell (Source: Richmond Police)

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant W. Skinner at (804) 212-5686 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

Extended Benefits Program Ending

It’s a tough blow for job seekers in Virginia as the Virginia Employment Commission just received the news and is now working to notify job seekers who are relying on extended benefits.

Those job seekers won’t be paid beyond the end of the week.

The Virginia Employment Commission says payouts for the Lost Wages Assistance program have begun.
The Virginia Employment Commission says payouts for the Lost Wages Assistance program have begun. (Source: WDBJ)

If Virginia’s unemployment rate goes back up, job seekers could then be eligible for those extended benefits again.

The employment commission says there are currently 500,000 available jobs on its website right now.

Gov. Northam Signs Revised State Budget

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a revised state budget Wednesday that restricts evictions and prohibits utilities from cutting off power, water and gas through the end of the state of emergency.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced new COVID-19 restrictions going into place across the commonwealth in response to rising case numbers.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced new COVID-19 restrictions going into place across the commonwealth in response to rising case numbers. (Source: Governor Northam's Office)

“This budget will help keep people in their homes with their lights on and their water running,” Northam said.

The new rules go into effect immediately.

Virtual Learning For Henrico Students

Henrico County Public Schools released student intention numbers Wednesday afternoon more than a week after the deadline passed for families.

According to the data, 62% of students who responded to the intention form said they would continue to learn online; Thirty-eight-percent said they wanted to return to in-person learning; five-percent of the student body did not respond to the intention form.

HCPS recommends the following infection control measures to prevent the spread of these illnesses in the school population.
HCPS recommends the following infection control measures to prevent the spread of these illnesses in the school population. (Source: HCPS)

HCPS also noted 2,707 students did not respond to the intention form.

For more information on HCPS’s plan for the second nine weeks of the school year and beyond, click here.

State Election Results Certified

Virginia’s State Board of Elections has voted to certify the state’s election results, two days later than expected because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Richmond’s voter registration office.

By a 3-0 vote on Wednesday, the state-certified its votes for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House elections and state constitutional amendments, in a 10-minute meeting with no comment from board members or the public.

Questions About Covid? Use ‘Collegepedia’

University of Virginia students have created The Collegepedia. The website aims to constantly update with accurate and reliable information about the latest COVID-19 news at college campuses across the commonwealth.

The venture began in August and so far attracted more than 600 Instagram followers.

The Collegepedia website
The Collegepedia website (Source: WVIR)

Currently, Collegepedia is focusing on Virginia schools including UVA, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, and George Mason University.

The goal is to expand the website and provide up-to-date information on colleges across the country beyond Virginia.

Santa Run In Hanover Canceled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Santa Run in Hanover County has been canceled.

“We want to make sure that we continue to minimize the risk of spreading the virus and do not want to encourage gatherings of any sort,” Hanover Fire Station 7 said on their Facebook page. “Thank you for your understanding and continued support.”

The decision came after a meeting at the station with county-level leaders.

Final Thought

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace - Unknown

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