By Kyle Horan
Every Saturday for the past two years, people in need from the community have found relief with Northminster Baptist Church’s Free Market. It provides a free meal, clothes and household items for people that apply.
“We believe that people in poverty need support, physical support and if we can walk beside them, through the journey, then they can walk themselves out of poverty,” Founder Cassie Matthews said.
By Kyle Horan
April has seen near record high levels for pollen in Richmond. The pollen levels from oak and pine trees peaked at 3700 in early April, the highest it has been since 1998. This pollen is responsible for the yellow haze that can be seen on cars and on road or sidewalk.
“It’s really around April that we see everything bloom quite a bit, again oak and pine is really what you’re going to have the worst problems with and a lot of allergy sufferers really battle the oak and the pine,” WRIC-TV’s Meteorologist, Jason Myers, Said.
The high heat contributed with a lack of rain to help create the conditions for the excess pollen. However, Myers said that having a lot of pollen around this time of year is not uncommon.
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By Chandelis Duster, Phil Karstetter, and David Preut
Richmond, VA –Tough times are about to get a little tougher for state-funded services, as almost $4 billion in state spending has been cut out of the budget for the next two fiscal years.
Of that $4 billion, $800 million will be cut from healthcare funding resulting in less state spending on medicaid and academic hospitals like MCV.
By Kyle Horan and Juliette Delp
RICHMOND, VA – Richmond is undergoing some serious changes in it’s landscape. American and Winged Elm trees are posing a danger by being too close to the city’s power lines and need to be replaced.
Luke McCall, an arborist with Richmond’s Urban Forestry Division, says the program is not only about removing the hazardous trees but encourages community members to be aware of their environment.
“This program is about education and about elevating people awareness about getting the right tree in the right place and getting proper tree underneath power lines so that they don’t present a safety or maintenance problems, which some of these trees do,” McCall said.
By Stormy Holt and Chandelis Duster
The issue of fair play for air play has been causing some controversy on Capitol Hill between the recording industry and radio broadcasters.
The Performance Rights Act is a new bill in Congress that if passed would make radio stations pay performers, not just song writers, when their music is played over the air. The amount the radio stations will pay will be based off of their annual revenue.
Radio stations have been paying royalties to songwriters for years. The National Association of Broadcasters opposes the bill. Reggie Baker, Program Director and on-air host for Praise 104.7, says if the bill goes into effect it will lead to job loss.
By Juliette Delp
RICHMOND, Va – Battling Robot’s were the main event at VCU’s Verizon Wireless Center on March 19th and 20th.
VirginiaFIRST combined the best of sporting and technology when they held their annual Robotics Competition with participants from more than 60 Virginia High Schools.
Pattie Cook, the Executive Director of VirginiaFIRST, spoke with VCU Insight during an in-studio interview.
By David Preut
March was pothole “blitz” month in Virginia after Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered the Virginia Department of Transportation to focus on repairing the thousands of potholes pocketing the Commonwealth’s roads.
A record-setting winter left Virginia’s roadways in particularly bad shape this spring. After the first few weeks, V-DOT reported having repaired more than 43,000 potholes statewide, with over 4,000 fixed in Richmond alone.
By Juliette Delp and Curt Dozier
RICHMOND, Va – Word that a British exchange student went missing spread fast around VCU and the Richmond community. Now, weeks later, there are still no answers.
Jonny Dorey, a 22-year old geography student, was last seen March 2nd.
With only a thousand VCU students being international, few can identify with the culture shock. But, Andrew Shipley, senior Health and Physical Education major, can relate to Dorey.
Shipley left his hometown in England to come to VCU in 2007.
“It was pretty hard since I…first time I had actually really been away from my family, like all my family was in England and there’s me, I’m by myself, taking everything in,” said Shipley.
By Asia Holt
VCU’s student organization STRUT welcomed students back from spring with the annual fashion week on April 5.
With the theme of Alice and Wonderland, STRUT brought fashion and fun to students by allowing them create their own fashion pieces through competitions and games. The events were held in VCU’s student commons and included activities like the mad hat and make-up competition, a potato sack race, and a character dress alike contest.
By Phil Karstetter
RICHMOND, Va. – During an in-studio interview Rick Holzbach, the Central Virginia Foodbank’s Food Resource Manager, spoke about FeedMore, an umbrella organization for the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia, and The Community Kitchen.
The three programs are responsible for providing free food services to three key demographics: children, families and seniors.
Although the food services are open to everyone, Holzbach says the majority of recipients are the working poor who work during the day but because of one reason or another, still can’t make enough to support themselves.