Education Ministry floats school "bloc" reform plan
The Latvian Education and Science Ministry has come up with a proposal on four regional "blocs" for schools with different requirements for the minimum number of pupils, reported the LETA newswire April 18.
Marriage numbers up in Latvia, but births still in decline
Provisional data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that over the past three years the number of registered marriages has risen slightly. In 2018, 13,400 marriages were registered, which is 200 marriages more than in 2017 when the increase recorded over the year constituted 148 marriages.   
Government flags up new whistleblowing law
On Tuesday, April 16, the Latvian government launched a new campaign designed to support whistleblowing and the reporting of nefarious deeds by officials and businesses alike.
Anti-graft squad searches hospital, detains three people
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) on April 5 launched criminal proceedings and detained three persons at a Rīga hospital in connection with suspected "abuse of official powers", according to information released by the agency April 15.
Board member quits media regulator
Gunta Līdaka, in charge of overseeing commercial television, has stepped down as board member at Latvia's media watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), Līdaka told the press April 12. 
Latvia's Postal Service plans big tariff hike
The Latvijas Pasts postal company has submitted its new tariff project to the Public Utilities Commission (SPRK) that provides for a considerable increase of prices for mailing letters. While some postage costs will be reduced, in the majority of cases under the new tariff plan the opposite is true.
Latgale locals worried over storage of radioactive waste near Lithuanian border
Latgale locals are worried about a plan to set up a storage facility of radioactive waste on the Lithuanian side of the border, just 30 kilometers away from Daugavpils, Latvia's second city. The facility is to store waste from the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, which was closed ten years ago with the matter of storing waste still unsolved. Local residents and leaders have been sounding the alarm. 
Board of state-owned LVRTC e-services provider resigns
The board of the Latvian State Radio and Television Center (LVRTC) e-services provider, including chairman Jānis Bokta and board members Aldis Lukašinskis and Indulis Šķibelis, have decided to resign, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) and LVRTC representative Vineta Sprugaine told LETA.
Businessman sentenced to three years for offering bribe to Jurašs
Responding to the prosecution’s protest, Riga Regional Court last week sentenced businessman Valērijs Vasiļjevs to three years in jail for offering a bribe to the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau's (KNAB) former officer Juris Jurašs (pictured above), the LETA newswire said April 8.
Daggers seized at border with Russia
Latvia's border customs officers have become quite accomplished at catching illegal consignments of cigarettes and other contraband coming into the European Union from Russia, but on April 3 they found something else: 28 military daggers hidden in the cab of a truck.
Regional reform would eliminate standalone cities except Rīga and Jūrmala
With the regional reform, which is to be published April 10, regions would be centered around towns, and only Rīga and Jūrmala could be left without a rural community, said Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce (Development/For!) in an interview with LSM's Latvian-language service.
Latvians fairly happy with their lot in life
Latvians may not have a reputation as the most optimistic or extrovert people on the planet, but according to a new European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) the majority are fairly satisfied with life.