NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• National Democrats see the Virginia governor’s race as a test of whether new abortion restrictions in states like Texas will energize the party’s base.—Associated Press
• GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has cast himself as a “political outsider,” but he and his wife have donated more than $1 million to conservative causes and candidates since 1999, “suggesting that the couple have been far from casual observers of GOP politics at the national level and, more recently, in Virginia.”—Washington Post
• Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe walked out of a television interview after it went longer than the 10 minutes the campaign agreed to. “That’s it,” McAuliffe said. “Hey, I gave you extra time. C’mon man. You should have asked better questions early on.”—WJLA
• Lawyers for the Daily Press and Virginian-Pilot urged the Supreme Court of Virginia to take up their appeal of a local judge’s decision to bar the public from a bond hearing for a police officer charged with murder—Daily Press’
• “State health officials say they’ve fixed a new data tool tracking child coronavirus cases that had significantly underreported hospitalizations, making the new count 1.5 times higher.”—Virginian-Pilot
• Carilion Health was in court fighting with its insurance provider, which is refusing to cover losses incurred during the pandemic because the virus “harms people — it does not harm property.”—Roanoke Times
• A Spotsylvania man shot by a sheriff’s deputy who said he mistook a phone for a gun is suing the department for $26 million.—Free Lance-Star
• “Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that the state has received requests for $943 million in grants to fund 57 projects to expand broadband telecommunications access in 84 localities across Virginia.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Virginia is using tobacco settlement money to pay off student loans for people who accept hard-to-fill jobs in southern Virginia.—Cardinal News
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