News to Know for Jan. 14: House impeaches President Trump; Vaccine rollout update; Mostly sunny day

News to Know for Jan. 14: House impeaches President Trump; Vaccine rollout update; Mostly sunny day
With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump. (Source: Evan Vucci)

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

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Today, there will be some morning clouds, then mostly Sunny. Highs in the mid to upper 50s.

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Trump Impeached For Second Time

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump.

A week following mob violence at the Capitol, President Trump condemns the violence.
A week following mob violence at the Capitol, President Trump condemns the violence.

The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol, egged on by the president’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against the election results.

So What’s Next?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will not begin a trial until next Tuesday, at the very earliest, which is the day before Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as president.

It’s unclear, for now, exactly how that trial will proceed and if any Senate Republicans will vote to convict Trump.

For a list of the next steps in the impeachment, click here.

Security Heightened In D.C. & RVA

Washington D.C.

The FBI has warned that armed protests by violent Trump supporters were being planned in all 50 state capitals as well as in Washington for the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Between the pandemic and the security threat, Bowser is flat-out asking people not to come to the District of Columbia for the inauguration.

More than 20,000 National Guard troops are expected to help keep Washington, D.C., secure as President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office.
More than 20,000 National Guard troops are expected to help keep Washington, D.C., secure as President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office.

At Bowser’s request, a National Special Security Event declaration was moved up to Jan. 13, a distinction which she said “puts in place an entirely different command and control structure” for security.

Richmond

Preparations are happening at Capitol Square ahead of Lobby Day due to the potential for demonstrations around the Richmond area.

The Virginia Department of General Services is implementing precautionary measures to protect employees, visitors, buildings and grounds at Capitol Square.

Demonstrations in Capitol Square canceled Monday, protective wall to go up
Demonstrations in Capitol Square canceled Monday, protective wall to go up

Some of these state restrictions could last awhile. Not only are there planned demonstrations near the Capitol in Richmond, but officials also want to make sure state lawmakers are safe ahead of Lobby Day come Monday.

Next Phase Of Vaccine Rollout

In Gov. Northam’s State of the Commonwealth address last night, Northam says the plan to get COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of the elderly is now speeding up.

Local health districts will be expanding their COVID-19 vaccination campaigns to include some Phase 1b frontline essential workers. Phase 1b vaccinations will begin on Jan. 18, which will include frontline essential workers.

Governor Ralph Northam used his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night to call the Commonwealth to action in time of crisis.
Governor Ralph Northam used his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night to call the Commonwealth to action in time of crisis.

Vaccination of Phase 1a populations will continue as the region opens up to Phase 1b.

VDH says it has a goal of administering 8,000 shots in the first week alone.

Virtual Learning For Area Schools

Dinwiddie County Public Schools will temporarily switch to all virtual learning due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. School officials said there has been an increase in community spread, and they are now seeing “an overwhelming number” of students and staff members out with COVID-19 and exposures.

On Tuesday, the school board voted to temporarily move to all-virtual learning from Jan. 14-29.

For more information on Dinwiddie going virtual, click here.

Louisa County Public Schools announced Monday it will transition to fully remote learning beginning Thursday.

The superintendent told families the plan for virtual instruction will last through Friday, January 29.

In a letter, he explained the reason behind the move: they do not have the staff necessary. A large number of school employees are quarantined right now due to being in close contact with COVID-19 positive people, who are not connected to the school system.

Petersburg City Public Schools will remain virtual through April 1.

Man Sentenced In Death Of Lt. Brad Clark

The man convicted of crashing his tractor-trailer into a fire engine, killing Hanover firefighter Lt. Brad Clark in 2018, will serve two years in prison.

Hanover County Circuit Court judge the Honorable Patricia Kelly handed down the sentence Wednesday to Lester Labarge, 51, of Maryland, for the involuntary manslaughter charge. His sentence for reckless driving was suspended.

Lester Labarge
Lester Labarge (Source: Hanover Police)

Sentencing guidelines presented during the hearing suggested a sentence of two years and 11 months.

PPE For Richmond Businesses

Mayor Stoney announced the City of Richmond will be distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to small businesses.

Any business within the Richmond city limits is eligible to sign up to pick up a kit on January 11 or Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Richmond PPE
Richmond PPE (Source: Office of the Mayor)

On both of those days, city staff will be outside the 5th Street entrance to the Convention Center to distribute supply kits to business owners.

To facilitate seamless and quick pickup, register here.

Final Thought

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