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Richmond Times-Dispatch: More than 100 turn out in solidarity with local Sikh community after mass shooting in Indianapolis

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, MARK BOWES A leader of central Virginia’s Sikh community says the recent mass shooting that killed eight people, including four Sikhs, at a FedEx operations center in Indianapolis has “opened the wounds of long-standing anti-Sikh and anti-Asian hate” in the U.S. and caused grief “all across the country and the world.” “But we are not just victims,” Dr. Bimaljit Sandhu told... Read more »

WRIC: Richmond community, faith leaders unify to hold vigil for Sikh victims of Indianapolis mass shooting

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WRIC, TYLER THRASHER The Indianapolis mass shooting on April 15 at a FedEx facility saw eight people killed and four of them belonged to the Sikh community. In the Richmond area, the Sikh Association of Central Virginia held a vigil to honor the victims. Many groups of faith gathered in unity to support the Sikh community after the tragedy in Indianapolis. Sikhism has three core values: believing ... Read more »

Agri-Pulse: Senate Ag moves Stabenow-Braun climate bill

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AGRI-PULSE, STEVE DAVIES The Senate Agriculture Committee has cleared the way for floor consideration of the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which would help farmers, ranchers and foresters take part in voluntary carbon markets. The bill, S. 1251, passed the committee by voice vote Thursday without opposition. Notably, it now has 42 co-sponsors, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. “This... Read more »

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Legislation named in honor of local firefighter reintroduced in Congress

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, LAURA MCFARLAND A bill named for a Powhatan firefighter aimed at providing veteran firefighters with fair compensation, healthcare, and retirement benefits they’ve earned through their service was recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, re-introduced a bipartisan bill known as the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters P... Read more »

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia's Democratic leaders hail verdict, but say work against injustice must continue

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, MEL LEONOR Democratic political leaders in Virginia on Tuesday said the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd heralds a new standard for police officers in their treatment of Black people but leaves an incomplete effort to extricate racism from the justice system. Floyd’s death under Chauvin’s knee in Minnesota last May inflamed months of prote... Read more »

WWBT: Virginia state, local lawmakers react to former officer being found guilty of George Floyd’s murder

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WWBT State and local lawmakers in Virginia are reacting to former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin being found guilty in the murder of George Floyd. While the incident happened in Minnesota, a video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the pavement with his knee on Floyd’s neck sparked protests and calls for change across the United States. Governor Ralph Northam “The life of George Floyd matters. ... Read more »

WRIC: Virginia leaders react to Derek Chauvin trial verdict

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WRIC, AMELIA HEYMANN, EMMA NORTH Tuesday afternoon a jury found Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Politicians and community leaders from across Virginia voiced their reactions to the news. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam took time to speak to reporters outside of the state capitol building. He also released a statement in response to the verdict. “The life... Read more »

The Hill: Lawmakers say companies need to play key role in sustainability

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THE HILL, JARED GANS Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Friday said companies should be treated as key stakeholders in efforts to find sustainable solutions to climate change. Speaking at The Hill’s “Sustainability Imperative” event, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) said markets are an effective way to bolster sustainability and that the government’s role is to create incentives or structures that can... Read more »

Washington Post: White House officials to meet with House moderates on Biden’s infrastructure plan

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WASHINGTON POST, SEUNG MIN KIM The White House is continuing its bipartisan outreach to Congress on Wednesday as a top pair of administration officials meet with a coalition of House Democrats and Republicans on Biden’s infrastructure plan and other priorities. Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, and presidential counselor Steve Ricchetti will sit down with several members of the Problem So... Read more »

WVIR: 7th District Representative Spanberger says restoring trust in Congress remains top priority

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WVIR, DANIEL GRIMES 7th District Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger says one of her top legislative priorities is restoring trust in Congress. During an Instagram live interview Monday afternoon, Spanberger touted her TRUST in Congress Act she introduced in January. It would require all members of Congress to put certain investment assets in a blind trust during their time in office. “We heard some ... Read more »

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