Dominion test offshore wind turbines go up, Norfolk protesters demand use-of-force reports, Northam mask mandate survives challenge, and more headlines

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• Dominion Energy’s two test offshore wind turbines are up, part of what the company says will become the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S.—Daily Press

• Del. Chris Collins, R-Winchester, is resigning from the General Assembly to become a judge.—Winchester Star

• Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-Prince William, is considering a run for lieutenant governor. A Peruvian immigrant who co-chaired Bernie Sanders’s Virginia campaign, Guzman would be the first Hispanic person to hold the post.—VPM

• A judge is expected to rule quickly on an emergency injunction request that would prevent city and state police from using chemical irritants like tear gas on protesters.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• About 150 protesters camped out at Norfolk City Hall to push for the release of police use-of-force reports.—Virginian-Pilot

• The United Daughters of the Confederacy asked Loudoun County to return a Confederate statue that has stood outside the Leesburg courthouse for 112 years.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

• The 36 inmates at the Martinsville Prison Farm are on lockdown after a COVID-19 case was confirmed.—Martinsville Bulletin

• Virginia’s DEQ is seeking an $86,000 fine against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying the company continued to violate environmental regulations even after paying millions to settle a state lawsuit over sediment, erosion control and other violations.—Roanoke Times

• The Prince William County School Board voted unanimously to rename a pair of schools honoring Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson.—WTOP

• Gov. Ralph Northam’s mask mandate survived a court challenge. “The Governor’s powers do not preclude him from issuing orders requiring face coverings, and in fact, (a section of Virginia code) explicitly anticipates such an event,” the ruling reads.—Richmond Times-Dispatch 

• A truck filled with tiki torch fuel caught on fire in Patrick County.—Martinsville Bulletin

• Abingdon police are using “loud pyrotechnics” to try to get vultures to leave a neighborhood.—Bristol Herald Courier

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