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Portsmouth police chief said to have conflict of interest in statue investigation; eviction moratorium vote delayed, Senate committee rejects paid sick leave bill, and more headlines

By: - August 20, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Portsmouth City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton said she expected her city’s police department to drop its investigation into the Confederate statue incident and was unaware that felony charges were being prepared against Sen. Louise Lucas. Patton also claimed the city’s police chief acknowledged an unexplained […]

‘New levels of strangeness’ at special session, transportation funding shortfalls, Virginia Tech on edge as students return, and more headlines

By: - August 19, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Portsmouth Police Department listed city prosecutor Stephanie Morales as a possible witness in the felony cases filed against Sen. Louise Lucas and others over damage to a Confederate monument. The move could block Morales from deciding whether to prosecute the case.—Virginian-Pilot • […]

Portsmouth police charge state senator with felonies, Riggleman mulling gubernatorial run, uncertainty about Danville casino, and more headlines

By: - August 18, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • One day before lawmakers convene in Richmond to take up police reform, Portsmouth police announced they had charged Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and several NAACP leaders with felony charges for their alleged role in the vandalism of a Confederate monument two months ago. […]

One day out to special session, Republican Party of Virginia elects new chair, UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, and more headlines

By: - August 17, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The General Assembly returns to Richmond tomorrow for a special session, with COVID-19 relief and police reform as big items on the to-do list.—Daily Press, Roanoke Times • Virginia is one of several states considering taking legal action against the Trump administration over […]

Dozens of convicted police officers never decertified, Radford prosecutor won’t enforce local COVID-19 regs, Italian-American groups want toppled Columbus statue, and more headlines

By: - August 14, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Virginian-Pilot investigation found dozens of police officers who were convicted of crimes but never officially decertified by the state. It’s unclear whether they still work in law enforcement, but legislators say they intend to address the issue in the special session […]

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Air Force helicopter struck by ground fire, Charlottesville marks third anniversary of Unite the Right, Dennis Quaid adopts cat named…Dennis Quaid, and more headlines

By: - August 13, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A U.S. Air Force helicopter was struck by ground fire while flying over Northern Virginia, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Manassas Regional Airport. The FBI is investigating. — McClatchy • Demonstrators held a peaceful event in Charlottesville to mark the third […]

Policymakers mull magnet school admissions, judge tells ICE to stop sending detainees to Farmville, Shenandoah parents try to block school renamings, and more headlines

By: - August 12, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. •  Three years after the Unite the Right car attack, some survivors are still struggling with physical and emotional trauma, unable to resume the lives they thought they were going to lead.—Daily Progress • Policymakers are considering changing admissions policies to boost Black […]

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CDC scientists arrive at Farmville, Liberty names new acting president, ABC website crashes after cyber sale, and more headlines

By: - August 11, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Scientists from the CDC arrived at an immigrant detention center in Farmville, where one detainee died last week, to begin assessing its COVID-19 outbreak. — Washington Post • Liberty University named Rev. Jerry Prevo, the chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, as […]

Falwell takes indefinite leave of absence from Liberty, Hampton Roads officials tracking COVID-19 through wastewater, a stellar year for peaches, and more headlines

By: - August 10, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is taking an “indefinite leave of absence” from his duties as head of the Christian school after posting a racy photo of himself with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman who was not […]

Republicans aim to curb governor’s emergency powers, Fredericksburg judge rules city curfew unconstitutional, church ownership of slaves, and more headlines

By: - August 3, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. •  Republican lawmakers have filed legislation to try to curb the governor’s emergency powers in times of crisis by forcing the executive branch to get legislative approval for long-term policies. “I know that a dictatorship is very efficient, but that’s not the way […]

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‘Substantiated’ Parole Board allegations in largely redacted report, Richmond police clear protest encampments, Cape Point becomes ‘Cape Nub’ and more headlines

By: - July 31, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The state’s watchdog agency says it has “substantiated” allegations against the Virginia Parole Board amid concerns that victims’ families haven’t been properly notified about plans to release violent offenders. But officials redacted almost the entire report and the Northam administration has rebuffed calls to […]

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Va. leaders ask for help with COVID-19 outbreak in Farmville, outbreaks hit mental health hospitals, horse racing back at Colonial Downs, and more headlines

By: - July 30, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia’s U.S. senators have asked federal health officials for assistance dealing with a coronavirus outbreak at a privately run immigrant detention facility in Farmville. — Washington Post • Two Virginia mental health hospitals have temporarily halted new admissions due […]