Clean Economy Act still a win for Dominion, cable companies push back against rural broadband, a one-woman newsroom in Floyd and more headlines

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• The Virginia Clean Economy Act, hailed as an environmental breakthrough, still ended up as a win for Dominion Energy as its lobbyists locked in the utility’s right to build a massive offshore wind farm at ratepayers’ expense.—Richmond Times-Dispatch/ProPublica

• Cable companies are pushing back against a proposed budget provision making municipal authorities eligible for state funds to expand rural broadband without a private-sector partner.—Roanoke Times

• President Donald Trump keeps tweeting and talking about Virginia and Gov. Ralph Northam, baffling some who feel he has little to no chance of winning the state.—Washington Post

• As some school divisions look to reopen soon, Fredericksburg and Portsmouth are planning to keep most students home until 2021.—Free Lance-StarVirginian-Pilot

• The Fairfax County School Board voted to eliminate the admissions test at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology as part of a push to increase Black and Hispanic enrollment at the magnet school.—Washington Post

• A proposed change to Loudoun County Public Schools’ professional conduct policy that would let employees be punished for comments that don’t align with the division’s anti-racism policies has sparked a debate over teachers’ free-speech rights.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

• A COVID-19 outbreak in Fairfax County’s Juvenile Detention Center has troubled some staff members, who say the youth confined at the facility weren’t given masks until positive tests occurred.—Washington Post

• Federal regulators say a chalky residue that has formed on steel pipes that have been sitting along the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for two years poses no environmental or health risks.—Roanoke Times

• The Danville City Council approved a new, $17 million police station using anticipated revenue from a casino that hasn’t been approved or built yet.—Register & Bee

• Even though she’s the only full-time newspaper reporter in Floyd County and puts the paper together herself, Ashley Spinks of the Floyd Free Press couldn’t escape the cost-cutting by corporate owner Lee Enterprises.—WVTF

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