The Bulletin

College vaccine mandates, overcrowded ERs, and more Virginia headlines

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

NEWS TO KNOW
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

GET THE MORNING HEADLINES DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.