Northam’s free community college plan would cost $ 145 million; The State of Recycling Programs in Virginia and More Headlines

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• Governor Ralph Northam has proposed spending $ 145 million to provide “free tuition and other financial supports to low and moderate income community college students who are willing to give back in terms of work, public service. or community service ”. The plan was one of his signing election promises.Daily Press

• In Virginia, 22% of eviction judgments for unpaid rent were less than $ 600. “Such relatively small amounts suggest that for all the intractable problems of poverty and affordable housing that are causing the eviction crisis in the country, one small intervention could help many people. And politicians in Washington have more and more such ideas in mind: forensic translators, more legal aid, mediation – even emergency rent assistance. “-The New York Times

• “A handful of persistent Virginians, burnt by triple-digit interest rates on their online loans, have won a groundbreaking national settlement that aims to fill a loophole that allows lending companies to pose as Native Americans. circumvent state laws on usurious loans. The settlement, approved by U.S. District Judge Hannah Lauck on Wednesday, wipes out some $ 380 million in debt owed by more than one million people across the country.Daily Press

• The bipartisan legislation announced Thursday would allow state regulators to further review utility electricity tariffs, set profit levels and order refunds to customers.The Washington Post

• A state report on recycling programs found that “curbside recycling programs are being phased out, contracts with waste management providers are renegotiated and some recycling programs are closed completely”.Roanoke Times

• Mountain Valley pipeline developers agreed to pay $ 2.15 million to settle a lawsuit over environmental damage caused by construction.Roanoke Times

• After completing a month-long car-free challenge, a Richmond city councilor proposes a set of pedestrian safety measures, including banning drivers from red-right turning in parts of the city.Capital Information Service

• The 90-year-old mother from former State Del. Tom Gear is accused of embezzling $ 180,000 from the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in Hampton, where she is treasurer. The family say the money was used to feed Gear’s gambling addiction, which was discovered after his suicide last year.The Virginian-Pilot

• James Fields has filed an opinion appealing his state conviction for the Charlottesville car attack in which he killed one and injured dozens.Daily progress

• Former football star Michael Vick owes the town of Hampton $ 70,800 in unpaid local taxes on a luxury car fleet that includes two Land Rovers, two Cadillacs and a Mercedes.—Daily Press

• “Post Malone, Chance the Rapper, Tyler, the Creator, Migos, A $ AP Rocky, Pharrell and Friends and Playboi Carti will be heading to Pharrell William’s Something in the Water Music Festival in April, organizers said. “-The Virginian-Pilot

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