VA News Reader

April 18, 2023

man in a kitchen cutting up chicken
Photo by Meghan McIntyre for The Virginia Mercury

Lack of transparency from ghost kitchens spooks state officials

By Meghan McIntyre for The Virginia Mercury

Scrolling through UberEats offerings in the Richmond neighborhood of Shockoe Bottom can make the area seem like poultry heaven: The app shows six similar-looking chicken restaurants available to order from all within a stone’s throw of the community’s mainstreet.

However, finding “Tender Luvin” or “CHIC CHIC’N” on foot is an impossible task. That’s because the six chicken joints are ghost kitchens — restaurants that only exist online.

Read the full article at The Virginia Mercury.


The LEGO Group Project temporary Visitor Center installed

By Kristi K. Higgins for The Progress-Index

Have you driven past The LEGO Group Project in Meadowville Technology Park lately? You can’t miss the newly-installed, temporary Visitor Center. Visible from Rivers Bend Blvd., it is bright yellow and shaped like a LEGO brick.

If you drive your children by it, I bet they’ll get a kick out of seeing it as well as the recently installed billboards which feature cute LEGO Mini Figures.

Read the full article at The Progress-Index.


woman standing and smiling in a kitchen
Photo by Patrick Ford for Southwest Times

Grubb finds family history at Foster Falls

By Patrick Ford for Southwest Times

As Jennifer Grubb starts work at Foster Falls Hotel, she finds herself in the shoes of her grandmother, Doris Fields. “My grandmother is the oldest living orphan that grew up here,” said Grubb, who manages the hotel kitchen.

Read the full article at Southwest Times.


woman smiling in wrestling gear
Photo by Cathy Dyson for The Free Lance-Star

Spotsylvania wrestler shows ‘iron will’ on, off the mat

By Cathy Dyson for The Free Lance-Star

The first time Hailey Turner became a countywide wrestling champ, she had to push through the pain of a fractured spine, an injury she didn’t know she had.

Read the full article at The Free Lance-Star.


health advisory sign at river
Photo by Kendall Warner for The Virginian-Pilot

‘Extensive damage’ discovered in pipe that released 2.5 million gallons of wastewater into branch of Elizabeth River

By Eliza Noe for The Virginian-Pilot

Divers verified Wednesday morning at Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake a 7-foot break in the pipe that appeared to have been crushed after an anchor strike from a tug boat earlier this month, a Hampton Roads Sanitation District release said.

According to an update from the HRSD, divers were prepared to make small repairs that would not require a complete closure of the waterway. However, the “extensive damage” discovered will require a full replacement of the pipe, which could not have been completed Wednesday.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.

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