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NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• More than 1,400 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Virginia as of Thursday. It marks the third highest total for a day since the pandemic began, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.—Virginian-Pilot
• “Liberty University announced Thursday it will enact a campus-wide quarantine until Sept. 10 as it experiences its highest rate of COVID-19 cases on campus to date.”—News & Advance
• The Gloucester County School Board agreed to pay $1.3 million in legal fees to the ACLU to cover the organization’s legal costs in the school district’s long, failed fight to uphold a transgender bathroom ban.—Virginian-Pilot
• The Republican Party of Virginia is suing to get Democrat Terry McAuliffe kicked off the gubernatorial ballot for failing to sign his official declaration of candidacy form. McAuliffe’s campaign called the lawsuit “desperate” and legal experts said they’d be surprised if it was successful. “I predict that this lawsuit will fail,” said one UVA law professor.—Associated Press
• SOL test scores plummeted during the pandemic. “Despite teachers’ heroic efforts last year, it’s undeniable that learning suffered tremendously.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Richmond judge ordered a jury trial for two city police officers charged with assaulting three teenagers during protests last summer. The defense and prosecutors had requested a bench trial, but Judge Reilly Marchant said the verdict “shouldn’t rest with one judge that half of the city thinks is in the pocket of the cops.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “A transgender man incarcerated at a Virginia prison filed a federal lawsuit against state corrections officials Wednesday, claiming he faces cruel and unusual punishment because the prison will not allow him to have surgery to remove his breasts.”—Washington Post
• A Fauquier County woman is documenting the area’s disappearing Black history, publishing an online map that offers a “window into the rhythms of once-thriving Black communities in the county.”—WAMU
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