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Vaccine eligibility for kids and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 11, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Children between the ages of 5 and 11 could become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines next month, according to Virginia health officials.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Pride flag outside a religious center on Virginia Tech’s campus was taken down and replaced with Confederate flags. Blacksburg police […]

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Budget passes legislature and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 10, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The state House and Senate approved a plan for $4.3 billion in pandemic relief funds that sets aside more than $1 billion for future needs and boosts money for law enforcement.—Washington Post • “A diverse group of finalists for eight open seats on the […]

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Lawmakers reach budget deal and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 9, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • After reaching a deal Friday, the General Assembly is reconvening this week for the final passage of a plan to spend Virginia’s $4.3 billion in federal pandemic relief.—Washington Post • Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin spoke at an “election integrity” rally over the weekend, […]

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Accidental edible ingestion, evictions still happening, ‘Woke Kindgergarten’ and more headlines

By: - August 6, 2021

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Despite eviction restrictions during the pandemic, thousands of Virginians have been kicked out of rental properties. — Virginian-Pilot • Virginia community colleges will require masks to be worn indoors. — Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia’s Poison Center has seen a large increase in “individuals ingesting marijuana […]

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Va. Senate ends hopes for fast-tracked budget bill, Wegmans opposition, sneaky foxes, and more headlines

By: - August 5, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Virginia Senate insisted on making some changes to the budget bill the General Assembly is considering to allocate billions in federal COVID-19 relief, which will mean a reconciliation process with the House.—Washington Post • “None of the other businesses that have been here for […]

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Pentagon police officer killed, colonial LGBTQ people, Valley Health vax mandate protests, and more headlines

By: - August 4, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Pentagon police officer was attacked and killed on a bus platform outside the facility. Officials say there’s no sign terrorism was a motive but have offered few details.—Washington Post • Colonial Williamsburg is making an effort to research and incorporate information on the […]

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Special session begins, Youngkin’s Carlyle background, Prince William breakthrough cases, and more headlines

By: - August 3, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere • The General Assembly’s special session began with a pair of bipartisan committee votes to advance the Democrat-crafted plan for coronavirus relief funding.—Associated Press • Tucked into the bill is a highly anticipated proposal allowing college athletes to profit from sponsorships and endorsement deals, a […]

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Spike in meth deaths, new Virginia-specific COVID modeling, Coalfields Expressway, and more headlines

By: - August 2, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Republican House of Delegates candidate in Northern Virginia is under fire for comparing conservative-leaning teachers to Jewish people in Nazi Germany.—Washington Post • Methamphetamine-related deaths spiked last year in Virginia as part of a broader surge in drug overdoses.—Roanoke Times • Some Hampton Roads […]

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Va. Dems could save $1 billion in federal relief funds, some schools keep masks mandatory, disappearing criminal charges, and more

By: - July 30, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Democratic leaders are planning to save up to $1 billion of the $4.3 billion Virginia received in federal ARPA relief funds. Leaving some of the money uncommitted, they say, will allow the state to adapt as pandemic recovery efforts continue.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]

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Virginia hits 1,000 new COVID cases, state port rebounds, Roanoke woman enters ‘Miss Wheelchair America,’ and more

By: - July 29, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia saw its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since April.—WVTF • The head of Virginia’s port says business has rebounded since the start of the pandemic.—Virginian-Pilot  • Nearly a decade after Bon Secours struck a deal with Richmond to expand health […]

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Fairfax employee vaccines, Newport News mental health responders, ‘election integrity’ rally, and more headlines

By: - July 28, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Fairfax County, Virginia’s most populous locality, could require vaccines for all employees.—Washington Post • Gov. Ralph Northam dropped two more proposals for spending federal relief money: funding for water quality projects and replenishing the fund that pays unemployment benefits.—Associated Press • Newport News is one […]

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No more outbreak details, Lynchburg sewage overflows, jail and prison visitation, and more headlines

By: - July 27, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Because of the expiration of Virginia’s declaration of emergency, the state Department of Health is no longer providing details on outbreaks in congregate settings. “During the emergency declaration there was more transparency; as that has expired we are no longer allowed to share any […]