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Biden admin skittish about governor’s race and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 28, 2021 8:03 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Gov. Ralph Northam told people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine to “think how you want your obituary to read.” He also said hospital workers in the state are “losing their patience” amid a surge of cases among the unvaccinated and are at a point “where they can’t take it anymore.”—Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Business

• Northam said vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 could be available as soon as the end of October.—Virginian-Pilot

• The last of two gubernatorial debates is scheduled for tonight.—WVTF

• After initially ducking the question, GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin said he would have voted to certify the 2020 presidential election. His campaign issued the statement after his earlier non-answer began drawing criticism.—Washington Post

• President Joe Biden’s administration is getting skittish over the possibility of a loss by Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe. “If Terry loses that’s going to scare a lot of Democrats on the Hill. It’s going to make people worry about the midterms and it’s going to make it harder to pass the president’s agenda.”—Politico

• Democrats on the redistricting commission say “new legislative districts will be fair only if they reflect the partisan success Democrats have had in the state for the past decade.”—Associated Press

• Staffing shortages continue to plague the hospitality industry.—Virginian-Pilot

• The city of Richmond has reached a tentative agreement with the family of Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill to re-inter the remains from the center of a busy intersection in Richmond to a cemetery in Culpeper. Plans for the statue that currently marks the grave are still in flux.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• A small earthquake shook Southwestern Virginia.—Associated Press

• A Virginia Beach family is being tormented by neighbors who have positioned speakers in their windows to play nonstop banjo music interspersed with racial slurs and monkey screeches. They say city authorities have said they can’t help. “I hope the commonwealth finds a way to protect people from situations like this.”—Virginian-Pilot

• John Hinckley Jr., who 41 years ago shot President Ronald Reagan, was granted an unconditional release. He has been living under supervision with his mother in Williamsburg.—Washington Post

• A Charlottesville elementary school teacher’s novella, “My Monticello,” is earning widespread literary praise and landed a film deal with Netflix.—New York Times

• Richmond Public Schools was among districts featured in a New York Times story about the poor quality of school lunches amid the pandemic. “It just looked gross,” said a 13-year-old middle school student of the cold sandwich topped with unidentified deli meat that has replaced hot lunches like pizza.—New York Times


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