News to Know for Dec. 31: No $2k stimulus checks; Unemployment update; Celebrate the New Year safely

News to Know for Dec. 31: No $2k stimulus checks; Unemployment update; Celebrate the New Year safely
The GOP leader made clear he is unwilling to budge, despite political pressure from Trump and even some fellow Republican senators demanding action. (Source: Nicholas Kamm/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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

Few Rain Showers To End 2020

A small warmup Thursday will be quickly replaced by a cold and rainy New Years Day.

Today will be cloudy with a few light scattered showers, especially in the morning.

Highs in the mid 50s before a front from the north drops temperatures again Thursday night.

Thursday Forecast: A Few showers to end 2020, A Cold Soaking Rain to start 2021

Missing Henrico Woman

According to police, Margaret Gibbs Crews of the 1600 block of Swinton Lane was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dec. 30 in a blue Toyota Prius with Virginia license plates – VEH-6650.

It is believed she may be in need of medical attention and or medications.

According to police, Margaret Gibbs Crews of the 1600 block of Swinton Lane was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dec. 30 in a blue Toyota Prius with Virginia license plates – VEH-6650.
According to police, Margaret Gibbs Crews of the 1600 block of Swinton Lane was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dec. 30 in a blue Toyota Prius with Virginia license plates – VEH-6650. (Source: Henrico County Police Department)

Anyone with information on where she is should call Henrico police at 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Unemployment Benefits Update

All of the CARES Act unemployment compensation programs are extended for 11 weeks through March 13, 2021. These include:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

The VEC says as long as you have been claiming weeks you should still receive those new benefits once available, but instead of $600, the payout will only be $300 on top of your base unemployment benefits whether you have regular U.I. or P.U.A.

The new benefits will be payable until Mar. 13, 2021.

Senate Rejects $2k Stimulus Checks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all but shut the door Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s push for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks, declaring Congress has provided enough pandemic aid as he blocked another attempt by Democrats to force a vote.

The GOP leader made clear he is unwilling to budge, despite political pressure from Trump and even some fellow Republican senators demanding action.

La Cámara aprobó una medida para aumentar la cantidad de los cheques a 2.000 dólares por persona, pero los demócratas del Senado dicen que el líder de la mayoría del Senado, Mitch McConnell, lo estableció para que fracasara en su cámara.
La Cámara aprobó una medida para aumentar la cantidad de los cheques a 2.000 dólares por persona, pero los demócratas del Senado dicen que el líder de la mayoría del Senado, Mitch McConnell, lo estableció para que fracasara en su cámara. (Source: CNN)

Trump wants the recently approved $600 in aid increased threefold.

But McConnell dismissed the idea of bigger “survival checks,” saying the money would go to plenty of American households that just don’t need it.

Vaccinations At Va. Long-Term Care Facilities

Vaccination efforts across Virginia continue this week as residents and staff at long-term care facilities receive their first dose of a vaccine.

On Wednesday, roughly 90% of the residents at Westport Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Henrico received the Pfizer vaccine. In total, approximately 200 residents and staff at the facility took part in the event.

Governor Ralph Northam stopped by the facility to show his support for all the healthcare workers and residents who took this next step in the fight against COVID-19.

Petersburg Reinstates Winter Sports

School leaders in Petersburg voted Wednesday night to resume winter sports in January.

On Wednesday school leaders said it’s important for student-athletes to have the opportunity to play.

A basketball nears the rim as Iowa practices before the second half of an NCAA college basketball game with Minnesota Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 102-95 in overtime.
A basketball nears the rim as Iowa practices before the second half of an NCAA college basketball game with Minnesota Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 102-95 in overtime. (Source: AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

However, spectators will not be allowed at any games. Instead, the school district will live stream its games on its athletics YouTube account.

No Gunfire Celebrations!!

Police are warning residents about celebrating the New Year with random gunfire, or ‘celebratory shootings’.

Richmond Police are also asking citizens to call 911 if they have information on individuals who plan to behave in this illegal and reckless way or if they hear shots fired.

Officers will be responding to calls of random gunfire and working to identify offenders and make arrests.

Final Thought

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