NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• The Nature Conservancy is partnering with Dominion Energy to develop the first utility-scale solar project on a former strip-mine.—Bristol Herald Courier
• After a surge of students in Franklin County claimed vague religious and medical reasons prevented them from wearing masks, the local school board voted to require documentation for exemptions.—Roanoke Times
• “A special grand jury has been convened to investigate the killing of Donovon Lynch by a Virginia Beach police officer earlier this year, according to a subpoena received by a witness.”—Virginian-Pilot
• The return of in-person sporting events brought more than 185,000 people out to stadiums around the state this weekend.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• GOP nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin has made eliminating the state’s sales tax on groceries a centerpiece of his campaign message.—WVTF
• A city task force in Richmond is calling for a new department to investigate citizen complaints against the police. It’s unclear when or if city officials will act on the suggestions.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Residents of a mobile home park in Leesburg recently sold for $11 million marched down a main street to protest the anticipated redevelopment. “We are human beings. We are complete families who are suffering as a result for this massive potential displacement.”—Loudoun Now
• Developers of a Wegmans distribution center in Hanover allowed opponents concerned the location contained gravesites to search the wooded area with archeologists. Nothing obvious turned up, but they intend to follow up with ground-penetrating radar.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Arlington is launching a curbside composting program, which will be one of the biggest food scrap-collection efforts on the East Coast.—WAMU
• “Maia Chaka, a Norfolk State University graduate and Virginia Beach teacher, on Sunday became the first Black female referee to work an NFL game.”—Virginian-Pilot
• An abstract painting by a harbor seal at the Virginia Aquarium recently fetched $225 at auction.—Virginian-Pilot
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