A $3.7 billion passenger rail expansion, state police to investigate Virginia Beach shooting, woman takes top cadet rank at VMI for first time, and more headlines

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• Virginia finalized a $3.7 billion passenger rail expansion that officials say will dramatically increase service in Virginia.—Washington Post

• A conservative group is suing to overturn model policies for transgender students in public schools handed down by the Board of Education that, among other things, call for students to be addressed by their preferred pronouns and use locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity.—Associated Press

• State police will investigate a shooting by a police officer in Virginia Beach that left a 25-year-old dead. Police initially said the man was armed, then said there was no evidence a gun found in the vicinity was his, then Monday said he had been brandishing a handgun. “We have heard the community’s call for an outside investigation and we agree,” the city’s police chief said.—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia State Police are the second law enforcement agency in the state to repeatedly deny they were using facial recognition software only to later acknowledge that detectives had in fact used the technology without supervisors’ knowledge.—Virginian-Pilot

• “A third member of Scott Taylor’s 2018 campaign staff pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to her role in a petition scandal that may have cost the former congressman reelection that year.”—Virginian-Pilot

• A publicly funded transit company in the Charlottesville area won’t say what expenses its previous CEO charged to the company that, when discovered, led to his dismissal.—Charlottesville Tomorrow

• “For the first time in the Virginia Military Institute’s 181-year history, a woman will hold the highest-ranking cadet position.”—Roanoke Times

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct the characterization of the police shooting in Virginia Beach.

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