The sentencing of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been postponed from the original Feb 8thdate until a dispute over Manafort’s plea bargain in a related case can be assessed. The sentencing in Alexandria follows Manafort being found guilty of eight criminal counts involving business dealings in Ukraine. In an ongoing investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, prosecutors have said Manafort violated a plea bargain, agreeing to cooperate with investigators.
Hundreds of teachers, students, parents, and community leaders were marching from Monroe Park to Capitol Square to advocate for increased funding for Virginia Public Schools. Following the rally, the House of Delegates agreed to the five percent increase to teacher and support staff salaries, a proposal made by Va Governor Ralph Northam. Next, the Virginia Senate will vote on the proposal.
VCU Police will be greatly expanding jurisdiction after a vote from Richmond City Council Members yesterday. The expansion will allow VCU police to easily move between VCU police headquarters, Monroe Park campus, and MCV campus, according to the Commonwealth Times.
Richmond Times-Dispatch now has a female opinions editor, Pamela Stallsmith. Currently serving as director of communications at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, she will begin her position in mid Febuary. Stallsmith replaces retiring Bob Rayner, editor of editorial pages, according to Richmond Times Dispatch.