News to Know for Jan. 13: House to vote on impeachment; 2021 legislative session; Next phase of vaccines

News to Know for Jan. 13: House to vote on impeachment; 2021 legislative session; Next phase of vaccines
Trump, who would become the only U.S. president twice impeached, faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.” (Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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

Dry And Sunny Day

A continuation of a dry stretch of weather for the rest of the week.

Today will be sunny, with highs in the low 50s.

Wednesday Forecast: Another dry day, showers likely late Friday

Man Reported Missing By Family

Police say Robert E. White, Jr., 63, has not been seen by family since November and his family is concerned for his safety.

His last contact by phone was on Dec. 17.

Robert E. White, Jr.
Robert E. White, Jr. (Source: Richmond Police)

Police say he frequents the Church Hill and Fairmount neighborhoods.

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

House To Vote On Impeachment

President Donald Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time, the House planning the unprecedented vote one week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and the U.S. Capitol became the target of a deadly siege.

The House of Representatives plans to vote on impeachment Wednesday
The House of Representatives plans to vote on impeachment Wednesday

While the first impeachment of Trump last year brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of leaders and other lawmakers are breaking with the party to join Democrats on Wednesday, unwilling to put American decency and democracy at further risk, even with days remaining in the president’s term.

Trump, who would become the only U.S. president twice impeached, faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

Legislative Session Meeting

Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year’s legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana.

The 2021 session will kick off Wednesday, with lawmakers meeting remotely, while the Senate will meet at a large conference center near the Capitol.

Virginia General Assembly Building
Virginia General Assembly Building (Source: WHSV)

Increased Security At Capitol Square

The Square will be closed to the public on Monday, and likely a few days before and after.

The DGS also says new fortifications, including fencing, will go up around Virginia State Capitol grounds.

The Virginia Department of General Services said all planned permitted demonstrations for Monday, which is Lobby Day, are canceled at Capitol Square.

State Of The Commonwealth Address

Gov. Northam will be delivering the annual State of the Commonwealth address.

The governor’s address will start at 7 p.m. tonight.

You can watch the address on the NBC12 Facebook page, 12 News Now and all of our streaming channels.

Next Vaccine Phase

Richmond and Henrico are set to move into the next phase of Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, according to Richmond and Henrico’s health director.

Henrico County Public Schools announced Monday vaccination efforts could start as soon as next week. 

(Source: Miranda Parnell)

Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras said he is in talks with the Virginia Health Department about a timeline for RPS employees.

The President of the Virginia Education Association is calling for public school systems to shift to all-virtual instruction until staff members can be vaccinated.

More details on the Phase 1b vaccination plan in Henrico and Richmond are expected to be released Wednesday.

Bear Rescued From Tree

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources’ Bear Technician Robert “Philip” Hanger spends most of his days helping people and bears in the state.

It wasn’t any different on one November day when he got a call about a female black bear that had found herself wedged between the branches of a tree near Sam’s Club in Charlottesville.

After recovering from the immobilization drugs used on her during her removal, she was taken out of town and released.

A day in the life of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources' (DWR) Region 4 Bear Technician. Robert “Philip”...

Posted by Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources on Monday, January 11, 2021

DWR said that based on her good condition and age, it is likely she could have cubs this winter.

Final Thought

Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something - Ashton Kutcher

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