NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Chesterfield County Police suspended an officer after activists accused him of leading recruitment for white nationalist group Identity Evropa. It’s the second time this year a Richmond-area police officer has been suspended following allegations of white supremacist affiliations. – Daily Beast
• VCU’s athletics budget has doubled since their Final Four run in 2011 to $34.2 million, the bulk of which came from increased student fees. – Richmond BizSense
• Virginia Beach launched a new regional ad campaign that encourages visitors to “Go Beachless.” A lot of people are confused, but tourism officials called it a tongue-in-cheek way to remind visitors that the city has more to offer than a beach. – The Virginian-Pilot
• The first black woman to lead a police department in Virginia resigned from her job in Portsmouth on Monday without notice or warning. She offered no explanation and city officials declined to comment. – Associated Press
• Norfolk says it has nine high-performing public schools, but school board members were reluctant to name them. – The Virginian-Pilot
• Lawmakers significantly loosened anti-truancy laws, doubling the number of days a student can miss before school officials become involved. – Richmond Free Press
• Spotsylvania has become the East Coast battleground over big solar arrays as locals debate a proposal to build what would be the fifth largest solar farm in the country. – WAMU
• A program in Roanoke is pairing college students with jail inmates as part of an exchange program. – WVTF
• Insurance companies that provide long-term care policies, which pay for nursing homes, are asking state regulators to approve premium increases as high as 300 percent. – Daily Press
• New legislation will let power companies get into the broadband internet game in an effort to increase coverage in underserved, rural areas. – Associated Press
• A farm in Clarke County is charging $20 an hour to snuggle baby dwarf goats. – The Winchester Star
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