News to Know for Feb. 3: Two shot in Petersburg; Vaccines improving in Va.; Light snow shower possible

News to Know for Feb. 3: Two shot in Petersburg; Vaccines improving in Va.; Light snow shower possible
(Source: WTVM)

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

You Might See Snow Flurries ❄️

A Few snow flurries are possible early today, then it’ll be dry and seasonable until Friday morning when rain arrives.

A light snow shower possible early, mainly east of RIC otherwise cloudy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s.

Wednesday Forecast: The sun comes back out for a couple of days

Man, Woman Shot In Petersburg

Virginia State Police are investigating a double shooting that happened early Wednesday morning that left one person fighting to survive.

State police say the preliminary investigation reveals a back seat passenger opened fire on two other vehicle occupants, hitting both of them. Both were rushed to the hospital.

Exit ramp closed due to reported shooting near I-85
Exit ramp closed due to reported shooting near I-85 (Source: nbc12)

A man suffered life-threatening injuries, and a woman was hurt but is expected to survive.

Under 10% Of Population Received Vaccine

According to the state’s vaccine coordinator Dr. Danny Avula, just under 10% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Speaking to Henrico’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Avula said Virginia is averaging around 36,000 doses a day.

(Source: NBC12)

That’s still short of the 50,000 a day goal set by the governor, but Avula says the number is growing and Virginia is quickly rising to the top of national rankings when it comes to getting shots into arms.

Health officials say they are also creating more ways for people signing up for vaccines online to list underlying conditions to help prioritize them for a vaccine.

Westminster Canterbury Vaccines

CVS has been reauthorized to provide two-dose COVID-19 vaccinations for residents living at Westminster Canterbury, after a discussion with the Virginia Department of Health and CVS Health.

Residents must receive their first dose on February 3 or 4, and be available to receive their second dose on February 24 or 25.

CVS has canceled the COVID-19 vaccinations it was supposed to give residents and staff at Westminster Canterbury next month.
CVS has canceled the COVID-19 vaccinations it was supposed to give residents and staff at Westminster Canterbury next month. (Source: NBC12)

Death Penalty Bill

A bill that would abolish the death penalty in Virginia cleared a hurdle in the state Senate on Tuesday and is poised for a final vote later this week.

The Democrat-controlled chamber voted to advance the measure for a third and final reading, likely Wednesday, after rejecting a Republican senator’s proposed changes to the bill that would have significantly altered it.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows the execution chamber at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. Death penalty opponents are cautiously optimistic they have enough bipartisan support from lawmakers to pass a bill in 2021 ending executions in Virginia. Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell is again sponsoring a bill that would abolish the death penalty, and he has a Republican chief co-patron. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows the execution chamber at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. Death penalty opponents are cautiously optimistic they have enough bipartisan support from lawmakers to pass a bill in 2021 ending executions in Virginia. Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell is again sponsoring a bill that would abolish the death penalty, and he has a Republican chief co-patron. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP, File) (Source: AP)

Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment sought to recast the bill in a way that would not abolish the death penalty entirely but would reduce its scope.

His proposals were defeated.

In-Person Learning

The Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would require every local school division to make both virtual and in-person learning available to students.

The measure was sponsored by Republican Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, who is a doctor. It advanced on a 26-13 bipartisan vote.

Using a hybrid model, students attending the Bullitt County Schools returned to the classroom for the first time since October 2020.
Using a hybrid model, students attending the Bullitt County Schools returned to the classroom for the first time since October 2020. (Source: Ken Baker, WAVE 3 News)

The measure’s chances in the state House are less certain.

ChopChop Delivery Fees

Richmond’s Economic Development Authority has approved a $120,000 grant for ChopChop, a local restaurant delivery company, to use to lower delivery fees as part of the Richmond Rate Reduction Program.

The program reduces delivery fees that restaurants are charged from 20% to 7% for a three-month period.

(Source: WMC Action News 5)

The company will also add 75-100 new restaurants, breweries, and distilleries to its delivery platform and create 150 new jobs (3-5 permanent employees and 145-148 contracted delivery jobs) during the three-month period,” a release said.

The long-term goal is for ChopChop to keep its delivery fee charge at 7%.

Final Thought

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving - Albert Einstein

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