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PATHS' new mobile unit will take vaccinations on the road.

By JOHN R. CRANE, Danville Register & Bee

Piedmont Access to Health Services — or PATHS as it is known — has a new mobile unit that will be used immediately to provide COVID-19 vaccines across different parts of the Dan River Region. PATHS will begin offering vaccines on the unit this morning at its Danville office at 705 Main St. and has plans to take the mobile unit to various parts of its service area, including Danville, Chatham, South Boston, Martinsville and Boydton, three or four days a week, Chief Operating Officer Joban Singh said.

VaNews March 5, 2021


Marlboro Maker Asks FDA to Convince Americans Nicotine Isn’t That Bad

By TIFFANY KARY, Bloomberg News

Marlboro-maker Altria Group Inc. wants to enlist an unlikely partner in convincing Americans that nicotine isn’t as bad as they think—its regulator. The company asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tackle misperceptions about nicotine as part of a proposed $100 million advertising campaign to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, according to a letter seen by Bloomberg News.

VaNews March 5, 2021


Lynchburg-area school divisions grapple with learning loss, increase in failing grades

By JAMEY CROSS, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

School divisions across the nation are seeing an increase in failure rates as remote learning has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, and those in the Lynchburg area are no exception. Given that few students are receiving full-time in-person instruction and a number of students across the commonwealth have yet to step foot into a classroom this year, school officials in the Lynchburg area were not surprised to see an increase in failing grades when compared to last year.

VaNews March 5, 2021


Hampton schools propose 5% pay raise for employees

By MATT JONES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Teachers and other school employees in Hampton would get 5% raises next school year under a budget presented Wednesday night to the School Board. It’d be the largest raise for the district in years. The district has given steady 2-3% raises over the last few years, but new state funding means many boards in Virginia are weighing 5% raises.

VaNews March 5, 2021


Portsmouth to bring back elementary school students for in-person classes in April

By SARA GREGORY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Elementary schools in Portsmouth will reopen for in-person classes in mid-April. The plan approved by the School Board in a 6-3 vote is scaled back from the proposal Superintendent Elie Bracy presented last week, which would have included middle schoolers as well. The approved plan also includes full-day in-person instruction instead of the half-days initially proposed.

VaNews March 5, 2021


Virginia Beach sets out to restore 200-plus acres of marshes to curb wind-driven flooding

By BRETT HALL, WAVY-TV

In an effort to bring quicker relief to the southern part of the city, which has more frequently been crippled by wind driven floods, engineers are making plans to restore more than 200 acres of marshes in Back Bay. The idea is that marsh habitats will serve as a speed-bump of sorts for water driven up the Albemarle Sound by sustained winds from the south.

VaNews March 5, 2021


Christiansburg restaurant owner seeks state House seat

By YANN RANAIVO, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Christiansburg businesswoman Marie March announced Thursday that she is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the state House seat that Del. Nick Rush, R-Christiansburg, is leaving. March’s announcement came after Rush, who has served five terms as the 7th District representative, announced Wednesday that he won’t run for office again in November.

VaNews March 5, 2021


Can squeezing more vaccine doses out of each vial speed things up in Hampton Roads?

By KATHERINE HAFNER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

In the months since coronavirus vaccines were first released, officials have learned several lessons about the best ways to administer them. But another development centers around how many doses officials can get out of each glass vial. Numerous doses are stored in each vial, and they are transported around the country in large batches. Moderna and Pfizer, however, have discovered they can eke out more doses of their vaccines in each glass than they originally thought. That could translate into the public getting vaccinated faster.

VaNews March 5, 2021


University of Richmond names its next president

By ERIC KOLENICH, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The University of Richmond has elected Cornell University dean Kevin F. Hallock as its next president, completing a search that began six months ago when Ronald Crutcher announced his intention to step down. Hallock, who turns 52 next week, comes from Cornell University, where he currently serves as dean of the business college.

VaNews March 5, 2021


40-cent cigarette tax proposed in Clarke County

By MICKEY POWELL, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Smokers in Clarke County soon may have to pay a lot more to get their nicotine fix. The county is proposing a 40-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes beginning July 1, the start of its upcoming fiscal budget year. Officials estimate the tax, to be charged only by retailers in unincorporated areas, would bring the county $100,000 in additional revenue annually.

VaNews March 5, 2021