Logo of the Virginia Mercury
NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere
- A Loudoun County School Board meeting on a new policy for transgender students got so chaotic that public comment was shut down early and one person was arrested.—NBC Washington
- A 134-year-old time capsule is hidden inside the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond. As Gov. Ralph Northam pushes to take the statue down, his administration is planning to remove the capsule and replace it with a new one.—Associated Press
- “In a breakthrough culminating nearly 30 years of work at James Madison’s Montpelier, descendants of enslaved persons at a major national historic site for the first time will be co-equals in governing the place that held their ancestors in bondage.”—Culpeper Star-Exponent
- U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger is proposing $180 per week “transition payments” to incentivize people to return to work, a compromise between those who don’t want extra help for the unemployed to go away too abruptly and businesses that say they’re struggling to find workers.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Staff at the University of Virginia will have to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning in the fall or face weekly testing for the virus.—Daily Progress
- More than 4,600 voters signed a longshot petition attempting to recall Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas for “misuse of office” over her role in a protest last year against Portsmouth’s Confederate monument.—13News Now
- Police shot and killed a man who took two hostages Tuesday at a convenience store in the Shenandoah Valley.—Daily News-Record
- Three cows wandered onto the train tracks in Bluefield, stopping Norfolk Southern trains for several hours.—Bluefield Daily Telegraph
- A southern Maryland man says he captured and killed an 8-foot alligator he spotted in a pond near the Chesapeake Bay. He says he learned his alligator-trapping skills from watching “Swamp People” and felt he had to kill it “so no kids or dogs would get hurt.”—Washington Post
Sign up here to get these headlines and the Mercury’s original reporting delivered to your inbox daily in News to Know, our free newsletter.
Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.