A year after COVID appears in Virginia early patients continue to struggle, vaccination challenges in rural Virginia, lawsuits over dog attacks in prisons, and more headlines

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• A year after officials first detected COVID-19 in Virginia, some of those early patients are still battling lingering health effects of the virus.—Free Lance-Star
 
• Gov. Ralph Northam says he still has not regained his since of smell since he contracted COVID-19 nearly six months ago.—WTOP
 
• Getting a vaccine in rural counties with no retail pharmacies can require long waits and long drives.—Associated Press
 
• The Republican Party of Virginia is once again reconsidering its plans for a nominating convention after determining parking lots owned by Liberty University aren’t large enough to host the event. “To be frank, I and most Republicans are fatigued by this process,” party chairman Rich Anderson wrote.—VPM
 
• “Two recently filed lawsuits and numerous letters from inmates sent to a human rights organization describe Virginia’s maximum-security prisons as regularly using ‘unmuzzled canines to terrify and attack prisoners.’”—Washington Post
 
• Kindergarten enrollment in Virginia is down 13 percent.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
• Legislation passed this year by the General Assembly will set in motion an effort to increase diversity among leadership positions in the state workforce.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
• A roadside Confederate flag in Louisa will likely no longer be visible from Interstate 64 after a zoning challenge forced the property owner to reduce the pole’s height from 120 feet to 60 feet.—Daily Progress
 
• Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg was paved over with black asphalt, a historically inappropriate material that no one is happy about.—Daily Press

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