NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and his GOP challenger, Del. Jason Miyares, squared off in a debate Wednesday, tangling over crime, parole, guns and social issues.—Richmond Times-Dispatch; Loudoun Now; Washington Post
• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe urged Democrats in Washington to “get their act together” on infrastructure and voting rights legislation as he faces a tight race heading into the closing stretch with GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin.—Associated Press
• Glenn Youngkin spoke at a Culpeper “Parents Matter” rally that drew about 150 people. “This is no longer Republicans versus Democrats. This is Virginians coming together and standing up. We are no longer going to support this liberal agenda that’s trying to turn Virginia into California east,” he said.—Culpeper Star-Exponent
• A Stafford couple in their 40s died of COVID-19 within two weeks of each other, leaving behind five children and a grandchild. They were not vaccinated. “They’d just been leery. They were going off what they’ve been hearing and reading on the internet,” a relative said.—Free Lance-Star
• Parents and former students want changes in how Loudoun schools handle sexual assaults in the wake of allegations that the school system let a student accused in a bathroom rape gain access to another school, where another sexual assault happened.—Loudoun Now
• A three-judge panel will decide a lawsuit seeking to force Virginia to have House of Delegates elections again in 2022 because new legislative maps were not ready in time for this year. The suit contends not holding a new election would violate the state Constitution.—Associated Press
• Pittsylvania County hit the promoter of a massive rock festival last month with a $337,000 bill for transportation, sanitation, traffic control and other costs.—Danville Register & Bee
• Alexandria City Council voted to put police officers back in schools, reversing a decision it made just five months ago following “several incidents involving students and guns this fall.”—Washington Post
• Health officials are pushing pregnant women to get vaccinated after at least six have died of COVID-19 and several hundred more have been hospitalized with serious cases.—Virginian-Pilot
• Blood supplies are running low in Virginia and across the country.—WTVR
• A Chesterfield man charged with growing more than 50 marijuana plants will pay a fine and serve 10 days in jail. The case “illustrates the inconsistencies in Virginia’s new cannabis law and the confusion it can create for recreational pot users trying to navigate the rules,” his lawyer says. The law allows four plants to be grown at home.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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