CDC scientists arrive at Farmville, Liberty names new acting president, ABC website crashes after cyber sale, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Scientists from the CDC arrived at an immigrant detention center in Farmville, where one detainee died last week, to begin assessing its COVID-19 outbreak. — Washington Post

• Liberty University named Rev. Jerry Prevo, the chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, as its acting president following the announcement that Jerry Falwell Jr. is going on indefinite leave. — News & Advance

• A self-declared KKK leader from Hanover County was sentenced to six years in jail for driving through a Black Lives Matter protest in early June.  The judge did not agree to a hate crime enhancement sought by prosecutors. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Radford has doubled in August, a jump that coincides with back-to-school testing being done on returning Radford University students. The university is refusing to say how many of its students tested positive. — Roanoke Times

• Two Virginia universities, JMU and ODU, announced they will not be playing sports in the fall. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• UVA is still prepping for fall sports. Four student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 since the football team returned in early July. The school reported no new positive tests since July 24. — Daily Progress

• Hampton University has sued the American Council for Pharmacy Education after the organization withdrew accreditation for Hampton’s pharmacy doctorate program. Hampton attorneys described the accreditor’s actions as a “bizarrely contradictory and Kafkaesque bureaucratic process rife with bias and revenge.” — Daily Press

• Requests for absentee ballots are already approaching 2016 levels in some parts of the state, with more than 80 days to go before Election Day. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A “mahogany tide” algae bloom at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is causing a rusty color in the water and an unpleasant smell likened to rotten eggs or rotting garbage. — Virginian-Pilot

• Seven East Coast states, including Virginia, experienced record-setting heat in July. — Washington Post

• Virginia ABC tried to hold its first cyber sale of the pandemic era last week. The event had to be shut down early due to  “extremely high spikes in web traffic.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch

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