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Lost time capsule under Lee statue and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 10, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Crews were unable to find a 134-year-old time capsule believed to be buried in the pedestal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, giving up after about 12 hours of searching.—Associated Press • Glenn Youngkin, the GOP’s nominee for governor, and […]

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Lee removed from Monument Ave and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 9, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Hundreds came out to watch the removal of the Robert E. Lee memorial from Monument Avenue in Richmond. “It’s very difficult to imagine, certainly, even two years ago that the statues on Monument Avenue would actually be removed,” said Ana Edwards, a […]

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Afghan evacuees flood NoVa hospitals and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 8, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Crews begin work this morning removing Richmond’s Lee statue, one of the country’s largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy. The work will be live-streamed by VPM beginning at 8 a.m.—Associated Press, VPM • Workers will also replace a Confederate time capsule with an array of […]

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Richmond Lee statue to come down Wednesday and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 7, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • State officials plan to remove the Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Wednesday. They say they will live-stream the process and provide in-person viewing on a first-come, first-served basis.—Associated Press • A surge of COVID-19 cases in the Danville area appears to […]

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Turmoil over Charlottesville police chief firing and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 3, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Four days before the start of freshman year, a Virginia teen was trapped in Kabul.”—Washington Post • Thomas Nelson Community College, named for a former governor who owned slaves, is on track to be renamed Virginia Peninsula Community College.—Daily Press • Amherst County is closing […]

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Opposing economic visions from gubernatorial candidates and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 2, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • In an appearance on the John Fredericks Radio Show, former President Donald Trump warned Virginia Democrats would “cheat” in this year’s elections. Democrats said he was “peddling the exact rhetoric that led to the deadly insurrection on January 6th.”—Washington Post • Democrat Terry McAuliffe […]

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Candidate plans for budget surplus and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 31, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Republican Glenn Youngkin released a “day one game plan” outlining tax cuts, spending plans and other policies he’ll prioritize if elected governor.—Washington Post • Youngkin and his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, both have ideas for how they want to spend Virginia’s $2.6 […]

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Uneven vaccine mandate enforcement at colleges and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 30, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Vaccine mandates at Virginia colleges are being enforced unevenly, with some schools treating the rules they announced “more like recommendations.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • “U.S. health officials have begun offering coronavirus vaccines to Afghan evacuees arriving to Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday.”—Washington Post • Inside Bristol […]

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Campus-wide quarantine at Liberty and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 27, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • More than 1,400 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Virginia as of Thursday. It marks the third highest total for a day since the pandemic began, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.—Virginian-Pilot • “Liberty University announced Thursday it will enact […]

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Afghan refugees, hospitals overwhelmed by COVID, and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 26, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Pickett, a National Guard base in Nottoway County, are expected to temporarily house an estimated 15,000 Afghans. “We welcome these refugees, no matter how long or short they are here,” said Billy Coleburn, the mayor of Blackstone, […]

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Child COVID hospitalizations rising and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 25, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “New data from the Virginia Department of Health shows the percentage of children among patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is increasing. Experts say the shift demonstrates the urgency of youth vaccinations and the need for continued precautions in school.”—WRIC • As COVID-19 cases continue to […]

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A McAuliffe-Youngkin split on employer vaccine mandates and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 24, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia’s redistricting commission decided to redraw political maps from scratch, reversing a previous plan to use old maps, which advocates complained were the product of partisan gerrymandering and therefore shouldn’t be considered.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe urged businesses to mandate employee […]