Charges against Sen. Lucas dismissed, Richmond registrar outbreak hampers finalization of state election results, uneven enforcement of new Richmond gun ban, and more headlines

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• A judge dismissed felony charges against Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, who police had accused of conspiring to damage a Confederate monument. The judge called it concerning that police chose to pursue the case without the commonwealth’s attorney. While the hearing unfolded, Police Chief Angela Greene announced she had been fired, which she called retaliation for “upholding the law.”—Virginian-Pilot

• The Virginia Board of Elections couldn’t finalize the state’s election results as planned because Richmond’s results were delayed amid a coronavirus outbreak in the local registrar’s office.—VPM

• Richmond police, who have enforced a new gun ban at Black Lives Matter rallies, did not invoke the ordinance at a protest organized by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, prompting criticism from some council members. “I found it extremely disturbing that the new ordinance that we passed not only seemed to be going neglected, but it didn’t seem to me that the folks who were on the front line were even making an attempt to enforce it.”—VPM

• “Guards at a federal prison near Petersburg, Va., were bribed by inmates to allow drugs, cigarettes and cellphones into the facility and allow a gambling ring to operate there, prosecutors allege in an indictment unsealed in federal court.”—Washington Post

• Leaders in Southwest Virginia announced plans to open a large indoor salmon farm, which they touted as the “world’s largest vertically integrated indoor aquaculture facility.”—Associated Press

• The tallest bridge in the state, which was completed five years ago but never connected to any roads, opened to traffic this week. It connects Virginia and Kentucky through Buchanan County.—Bluefield Daily Telegraph

• The Trump administration named Corey Stewart, an international trade lawyer who did his best to emulate the president as he campaigned unsuccessfully for Senate in 2018, to serve as the “principal deputy assistant secretary for export administration at the Commerce Department.”—Politico

• “A Virginia Wesleyan University dean whose recent Facebook post called Biden voters ‘ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian’ has resigned, according to a statement posted Monday by the university on its website.”—Virginian-Pilot

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