New York State police is investigating allegations that four black 12-year-old girls were strip-searched at Binghamton middle school. The girls’ parents said their children were instructed to remove clothing in front of the school nurse and assistant principal after lunch on Jan 15th. Suspicion of drug possession and appearing hyper and giddy prompted the search, according to USA Today. The school district has since denied the strip search took place.
At the State of the University last night, VCU President Michael Rao said better compensation for faculty is a top priority for VCU in the upcoming year. Rao added that VCU is quote unquote moving in the same direction as the rest of America quote unquote with a majority of students coming from minority backgrounds.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney held the State of the City Thursday night at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. He announced a new Eviction Diversion Program to be launched later this year. It will provide financial assistance, court mediation, and assistance for tenants facing eviction. Stoney also noted a drop in crime rates, an increase in acceptance to the LGBT community, and increased money to be invested into the Richmond Public Schools.
Richmonders can fly to Florida nonstop through Southwest Airlines beginning Aug. 10. It will be the first nonstop flight operating between Richmond and Tampa, according to Richmond Times Dispatch. The routes are nonstop to Tampa and Orlando, two popular destinations for the region.