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            Virginia becomes first Southern state to legalize marijuana

            By SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize marijuana Wednesday, as lawmakers voted to approve Gov. Ralph Northam's proposed changes to a bill that will allow adults to possess and cultivate small amounts of the drug starting in July. Northam sent the bill back to lawmakers substantially changed from the version that squeaked out of the General Assembly in February. The amendments lawmakers agreed to Wednesday would accelerate the timeline of legalization by about three years, well before retail sales would begin, a move that's been cheered by racial justice advocates....

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            Middle school students, teachers write book

            Middle school students, teachers write book

            Albert Harris Elementary School fourth-grade teachers and students wrote “From Fear to Hope,” a book commemorating the highs and lows of learning during a pandemic. “Renita Street, a fourth-grade teacher, developed the idea for this project,” said AHES Principal Renee Brown. “This project allowed fourth graders to compare their experiences...

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