Miss Community’s Recap of Today’s News Stories for June 22, 2012

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(Chesterfield) A suspect is in custody following a shooting outside of an office building near the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Thursday. 41 year old Mark Low fired a rifle at an attorney in the parking lot of the office building. The shot missed but the attorney was injured when trying to flee from the gunfire. Low was taken into custody by officers near the scene. Police say Low confronted a lawyer about his involvement in a child custody case and then a shot was fired.

Mark Low is charged with attempted murder, abduction, use of a firearm, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

(Richmond) The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)  is proposing to establish a toll booth on Interstate 95 near Emporia. Under this proposal, passenger vehicles would pay 4 dollars and large trucks 12 dollars at the toll plaza in Sussex County. VDOT says the revenue from the toll would fund road improvements. The proposal requires an approval from the federal government.

(Charlottesville) Several members of the the University of Virginia’s board are seeking the reinstatement of ousted president Theresa Sullivan. Meanwhile, UVA’s interim president Carl Zeithaml says he doesn’t want the job, and was reluctant to accept the interim position. The “Washington Post” reports Sullivan’s supporters on the board think they are closer to getting the eight votes needed for reinstatement.

(Richmond) The City of Richmond has opened three cooling shelters due to extreme heat conditions. The shelters are open 12 noon to 5 p.m. If temperatures reach the 95 degree mark or above then the cooling shelters are open in Richmond. Bottle water is provided at cooling shelter locations but no pets are allowed. For cooling shelter locations, and more information visit www.richmondgov.com.

(Sanford, Florida)  Bill Lee, the Sanford, Florida Chief of Police, has been relieved of his duties. City Manager Norton Bonaparte made the announcement on Wednesday. Lee decided not to arrest George Zimmerman after he shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is in jail on second-degree murder charges in the death of the unarmed Martin.

(Virginia) Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones has appointed an 18-member committee to assist in locating a summer training camp for the Washington Redskins. The committee will consist of business leaders, representatives of local universities, city government and the Richmond Raiders indoor football team. The committee will look at the Redskins’ needs, its current summer camp, potential locations in Richmond, financing and partnership.

(Richmond) Citizens across the Commonwealth of Virginia are awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama‘s healthcare plan. Approximately one million Virginians do not have healthcare coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would make 425,000 people in Virginia eligible for Medicaid effective January 1, 2014. The nation’s highest court is drawing near to a decision on the constitutionality of the two year old law.

(Richmond) Employment opportunities will not be available for teens this summer. The jobless rate among 16 to 19 year olds in Virginia was approximately 15% during last summer. Statistics put together by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market studies shows more than 44% of teens in America will not land jobs this summer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects teen employment may never get back to the levels enjoyed prior to the recession.

(Washington, DC) Eric Cantor, the number two republican in the House of Representatives, is endorsing Lt. Governor Bill Bolling for governor in 2013. House Majority Leader Cantor says, Bolling “has the right experience, the conservative values and the ability to unite our party so we can win in 2013.” Bolling is challenging Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the governor’s race. A Quinnipiac poll released last week shows Cuccinelli with a 51-15% lead over Lt. Bolling for the Republican nomination.

(Virginia) Small school systems are struggling to maintain an effective job. The “Times Dispatch” reports school systems are trying to come up with ways to educate a growing number of students with limited resources. Teachers, programs and entire schools are being eliminated. Larger school systems are hit as well, Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties, lost over 100 million dollars in funding over the course of the last five years.

(Richmond, Virginia) Several state agencies have not converted to the new IT network VITA after six year’s into the state’s contract. This means higher fees for not switching to the new network. According to the “Times Dispatch” three key agencies in that group are paying a combined $100,000 a month in extra fees as a result of not switching over. The fees are rather costly for the Department of Motor Vechicles (DMV) at nearly $63,000 and more than $52,000 at the Virginia State Police.

Radio One Presents Miss Community’s “5th Annual Now Listen Up Ladies! Men Are Talking” men’s forum Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Trinity Family Life Center 3601 Dill Road. The event time is 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Men don’t abort the mission your on assignment for our future. Do you want our children to leave the cradle for college or leave the playpen for the state pen? Men please HELP!!!! Bring your experiences, time and talents to the forum to help another brother.

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