NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Virginia’s government watchdog agency has substantiated more allegations against the Parole Board but is still insisting on heavily redacting the reports showing what it found.—Associated Press
• Gov. Ralph Northam says he developed cold-like symptoms over the weekend from COVID-19, but said he may be ready to start making public appearances again next week.—Washington Post
• Northam’s administration is warning Democratic General Assembly leaders it has concerns about the budget plans they’re crafting, including their decisions to spend much of a $500 million cash balance and take a stronger role in allocating CARES Act money.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents are asking a federal court to block work from resuming on the project.—Roanoke Times
• The teachers union in Fairfax County, home to Virginia’s largest school system, is pushing back against plans to reopen for in-person learning this month.—WTOP
• The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors voted to take $360,000 in CARES Act funding away from its public school system and redirect money to parents through an “unspecified aid program for county families.” “Launder it to the county employees,” one supervisor said. “Then we can turn around and get funds to the parents.”—Culpeper Star-Exponent
• The University of Richmond is planning to relax its COVID-19 restrictions after seeing just 20 cases over seven weeks.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• William & Mary’s athletic director resigned amid a backlash over the university’s decision to cut seven sports. Some women’s teams have said they’re planning a class-action lawsuit.—Daily Press
• Winchester prosecutors are pursuing a rare case of voter registration fraud involving a convicted felon who allegedly tried to register without having his voting rights restored.—Winchester Star
• A planned Halloween movie night has stirred controversy in the town of Elkton after a screening of the PG-rated comedy “Hocus Pocus” — in which a teenager accidentally resurrects a coven of soul-sucking witches — was mysteriously cancelled.—Daily News-Record
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