RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Take a glimpse at our top headlines before you head out the door.
Sunny skies return for the next few days with seasonable temperatures, but heavy rain is expected for Christmas Eve.
Today will be mostly sunny and breezy. Lows in the mid 30s, highs in the upper 40s to near 50.
Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Monday night that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill and thousands of pages of other end-of-session business in a massive bundle of bipartisan legislation as Capitol Hill prepared to close the books on the year.
The bill goes to President Donald Trump for his signature, which is expected in the coming days.
Starting on Tuesday, December 22, adult inpatients will be able to have visitors from 12-8 p.m.
Following Thanksgiving, the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has seen a “drastic increase” in patients being admitted with COVID-19.
Health officials said coronavirus hospitalizations have surpassed, for the first time, the level experienced during the last peak in Virginia.
The hospital also asks that patients limit their one visitor a day to the same person for the duration of their stay.
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was removed from the U.S. Capitol.
A representative from the governor’s office was present for the removal, along with United States Senator Tim Kaine and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton.
The Lee statue had been one among 13 located in the Crypt of the Capitol, representing the 13 original colonies.
Right now, the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities is accepting applications for relief assistance.
This program will provide a one-time payment per household or business.
This assistance is in addition to the moratorium suspending disconnections, which is still in effect.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 17. For more information, click here.
Colonial Downs has donated $100,000 to Senior Connections to help Richmond seniors pay off delinquent gas and water bills.
“They will get these funds to the individuals who need them the most, and we could not be prouder of this partnership in service of our fellow Virginians,” Chief Operating Officer Aaron Gomes said in a release.
Through ‘Rosie’s Gives Back’ - Colonial Downs charitable giving program - more than $630,000 has been given in donations.
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