Charlottesville schools closed because of white supremacist threat; Covington man will get money for wrongful conviction; how Virginia can become the ‘Google of climate change’ and more headlines

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• Charlottesville schools will be closed Friday for the second day in a row as police investigate a white supremacist threat of violence posted online. – The Daily Progress

• For the first time in 20 years, VCU administrators aren’t calling for a tuition increase because of extra money state lawmakers budgeted to contain the ever-increasing cost of attending state schools. But students will still pay more under the plan because administrators are proposing a $106 increase in mandatory student fees. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation to give a $520,000 to a Covington-area man who spent a decade in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of a series of bank robberies. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Northam also signed legislation allowing every school district in the state to open before Labor Day, gutting the so-called Kings Dominion law that aimed to maximize the number of summer days kids could attend the theme park. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• And Northam vetoed legislation allowing manufacturers to make but not sell switchblade knives in Virginia. “If switchblade knives are too dangerous to be sold in Virginia,” he said, “we should not facilitate their sale and distribution in other states.” – The Roanoke Times

• A judge booted another elected official in Virginia Beach for living outside the district he was elected to represent. – The Virginian-Pilot

• State Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, was hospitalized after being hit by a car. “According to the surgeon, who is great, on a scale of 0-10, my injury is a 9,” she wrote on Facebook. “I am officially the bionic woman.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Environmental activists from Germany who successfully blockaded coal mining operations there are meeting with opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. – The Roanoke Times

• Marisa Porto, the editor of The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press, left the newspapers amid a restructuring plan announced Thursday. – The Virginian-Pilot

  • It’s snowed a bunch in the Blue Ridge Mountains. – The Washington Post
  • People talk a lot about how much climate change and sea level rise will hurt Virginia’s economy, but at least one researcher says the state could also potentially make money off it if it takes the lead in innovation. “What we haven’t seen yet is sort of the Google of climate change.” – The Virginian-Pilot


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