News to Know for Jan. 4: Return to learning; Mayor Stoney to be sworn in; Mostly cloudy, partly sunny

News to Know for Jan. 4: Return to learning; Mayor Stoney to be sworn in; Mostly cloudy, partly sunny
A vast majority of students in Central Virginia will continue to learn virtually for a period of time following the winter break. (Source: WALB)

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

Cloudy, Partly Sunny

No significant weather systems expected over the next several days, allowing a waterlogged region to start drying out.

Many areas of log clouds and fog. Then Mostly cloudy to partly sunny.

Highs in the upper 40s. Slight chance of a passing shower toward sunset.

Forecast: A few dry, seasonable days before Friday rain

Return To Learning After Winter Break

A vast majority of students in Central Virginia will continue to learn virtually for a period of time following the winter break.

Schools around the Tri-State are resuming class this week.
Schools around the Tri-State are resuming class this week. (Source: WFIE)

Three of the four largest school systems in the region will primarily keep students online as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase.

For a list of school districts and what their Back To Learning plans are, click here.

Mayor Stoney Sworn In For Second Term

Mayor Levar Stoney will be sworn in for a second term as Richmond’s mayor.

Stoney says after he is sworn in, he will offer some remarks on his plans for the next year and term.

(Source: AP)

The event will be live-streamed on the city’s Facebook page when the inauguration starts at 12 p.m.

Parking Lot Shooting Arrest

Police have arrested a man in connection to a shooting that they say happened over a parking spot in Chesterfield.

On Sunday, police said they arrested Rakim Jackson in connection to the shooting and charged him with malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm at an occupied building, and use of a firearm in a commission of a felony.

Rakim Jackson
Rakim Jackson (Source: Chesterfield Police)

Jackson is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

Minimum Wage Increase Delayed

Minimum wage workers in Virginia will be waiting a few more months before seeing a pay increase.

The law was set to go into effect on Jan. 1, but governor Northam delayed it until May 1.

The bill was in its final stages when the pandemic first hit but was delayed.

The general assembly approved Northam’s amendment to the bill to give businesses more time to recover.

Final Thought

You’re not defined by your past; you’re prepared by it. You’re stronger, more experienced, and you have greater confidence - Joel Osteen

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