NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• The state House and Senate approved a plan for $4.3 billion in pandemic relief funds that sets aside more than $1 billion for future needs and boosts money for law enforcement.—Washington Post
• “A diverse group of finalists for eight open seats on the Virginia Court of Appeals includes two circuit court judges, a former solicitor general of Virginia, the first Black president of the Virginia State Bar, an appellate attorney, a family law attorney and a public defender.”—Associated Press
• Hopewell’s school system, the first to return in the state, has seen 33 COVID-19 cases.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Other K-12 school systems are figuring out how to respond to the latest state guidance on masks. Chesapeake is keeping its mask-optional policy. Franklin County says masks will be required but anyone can get an exemption without proof. Campbell County wants advice from its lawyer.—Virginian-Pilot, Roanoke Times, News & Advance
• Most Virginians who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they still don’t intend to get the shot, according to a new poll.—Virginian-Pilot
• A Covington man charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was arrested and charged with assaulting a family member less than a month after being put on house arrest.—Roanoke Times
• Alexandria is using Rescue Plan funds to give some low-income families $500 a month.—Washington Post
• The father of Donovon Lynch amended his wrongful death lawsuit against the Virginia Beach Police Department, alleging the fatal shooting arose from “decades old” problems in the agency.—Virginian-Pilot
• A 19-year-old football player at Virginia Union University died after collapsing during preseason conditioning drills.—WRIC
• The town of Culpeper is feuding with Regal Cinemas over a publicly owned movie theater town officials say fell into disrepair during the pandemic.—Culpeper Star-Exponent
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