The Bulletin

College vaccine mandates, overcrowded ERs, and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 20, 2021 8:04 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Ten people younger than 20 have now died of COVID-19 in Virginia. Six of those deaths were reported in the last three months.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• In a shift, Virginia Tech will now require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk getting fired.—Roanoke Times

• The University of Virginia disenrolled 242 students for not being fully vaccinated.—CBS19

• “Emergency rooms in Richmond are seeing more patients now than any point in the pandemic, and the ailments go beyond COVID-19.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former Virginia congressman Scott Taylor says he’s helping arrange private flights out of Kabul for Afghans trying to escape the Taliban. “This was really botched, man. I am a military guy, and this is crazy to me.”—New York Times

• The Newport News School Board has called a special meeting to reconsider its vote against adopting a policy for transgender students.—WAVY

• Fairfax County school officials are asking parents to carpool to help alleviate a bus driver shortage.—WTOP

• Eminent domain could be the solution for re-opening White’s Ferry across the Potomac River.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

• Under cross-examination, former Norfolk sheriff Bob McCabe admitted to taking $6,000 in cash from a jail vendor in 2011. He said he viewed it as a loan between friends, even though he never paid it back.—Virginian-Pilot

• This week’s rain brought relief to Shenandoah Valley farmers struggling with drought conditions.—Daily News-Record

• Two friends from Northern Virginia set out to catch the official state fish in all 50 states before they had to go to college.—Washington Post

• Powered by Skittles and peanut butter tortillas, a 5-year-old Virginia boy hiked the entire Appalachian Trail.—Associated Press


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