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Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
- A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s $400 million defamation lawsuit against CBS.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
- “The repercussions are still being felt from a contentious Loudoun County school board meeting that has left some residents fuming and others fearful on both sides of a bitter debate.”—Washington Post
- An investigation by Virginia’s watchdog agency led to the arrest of a retired tax department employee accused of embezzling almost $1.3 million in public money.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Virginia’s projected budget surplus might be closer to $2 billion.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
- A quarter of the incoming freshman class at Northern Virginia’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be economically disadvantaged students, a jump attributed to changes to the school’s admissions policies.—Washington Post
- President Joe Biden gave the eulogy at the funeral of former U.S. Sen. John Warner, “praising the late lawmaker’s legacy of bipartisanship at a time when there is very little of it.”—CBS News
- “The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Virginia drug dealer who is serving a 41-year murder sentence that he claims is the result of vindictive prosecution.”—Associated Press
- John McAfee, the enigmatic antivirus software pioneer who grew up in the Roanoke Valley, was found dead in a Spanish prison while facing extradition to the United States on tax evasion charges.—Associated Press/Roanoke Times
- A coal mine operator developing a solar farm on formerly mined land in Southwest Virginia is one of many businesses nationwide eyeing post-industrial lands as promising sites for solar and wind development.—Reuters
- At least five other states besides Virginia are struggling to figure out why birds, especially blue jays, grackles and European starlings, are dying in increased numbers.—NBC News
- The revamped Virginia Constitution is turning 50.—VPM
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