NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A 10-year-old Suffolk Public Schools student died of COVID-19. She is thought to be the second child fatality in the region, which has seen an increase in youth hospitalizations since schools reopened. Before her death she was tasked with walking sick students to the nurses office.—Virginian-Pilot
• The plaintiffs behind an unsuccessful lawsuit aimed at blocking Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a 12-ton statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee are asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to reconsider the case. Such hearings are rarely granted and Northam’s administration was dismissive of the attempt. “This is truly a lost cause. Every branch of government has spoken.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin’s campaign has attempted to avoid associations with Donald Trump without alienating the former president’s base. Some say it’s working, potentially providing a model for future GOP candidates. “So far, Glenn Youngkin has danced on the edge of a razor, and he’s not gotten cut.”—Associated Press
• A police officer in Giles County faces involuntary manslaughter charges for using his unmarked patrol car to block the path of a motorcyclist fleeing police at 103 miles per hour. Prosecutors say the action, which gave the motorcyclist no time to react, amounted to inappropriately using deadly force.—Roanoke Times
• The state is still working on guidelines to add context to Confederate war memorials.—Roanoke Times
• Wedding vendors say their industry was hard hit by the pandemic but state and federal aid rules have blocked them from receiving help.—Chesterfield Observer
• “The House of Representatives has passed legislation aimed at protecting the Great Dismal Swamp. The bill would direct the Secretary of the Interior to consider designating the Great Dismal Swamp and sites associated with it as a National Heritage Area.”—Virginian-Pilot
• Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree says it will start selling items that cost more than a dollar as inflation squeezes the company’s business model.—Associated Press
• Loudoun County schools asked parents to discourage their kids from participating in a TikTok trend that asks students to film themselves “smacking a staff member on the backside.”—WTOP
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