Dozens of convicted police officers never decertified, Radford prosecutor won’t enforce local COVID-19 regs, Italian-American groups want toppled Columbus statue, and more headlines

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• A Virginian-Pilot investigation found dozens of police officers who were convicted of crimes but never officially decertified by the state. It’s unclear whether they still work in law enforcement, but legislators say they intend to address the issue in the special session that starts next week.—Virginian-Pilot

• Minority owners of the Washington NFL team are reportedly pressuring Dan Snyder to sell the franchise.—Wall Street Journal

• Virginia health officials are launching a study in Northern Virginia to measure how many children and teens have COVID-19 antibodies.—Washington Post

• Pointing to higher demand, a Warrenton urgent care facility is raising the price of rapid COVID-19 testing from $75 to $200 for patients who don’t live in the local health district.—Prince William Times

• Robert Calloway, an otherwise healthy sports referee, recounted his harrowing battle with COVID-19 marked by memory loss and bizarre hallucinations. In one vision, a “2-foot tall icon — half-bat and half-bird — elevated from a table in front of his bed and exploded in front of him, prompting death threats from those who worshiped the religious icon in faraway countries.”—Daily Press

• Radford’s top prosecutor said his office won’t prosecute any violations of the city’s recently adopted COVID-19 regulations intended as a precaution tied to returning Radford University students. Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak said he would leave enforcement to the city attorney, who drafted the rules.—Roanoke Times

• Italian-American groups in Richmond have asked the city to give them the Christopher Columbus statue that was toppled by protesters this summer and thrown into a lake.—VPM

• The Caroline County Board of Supervisors rejected a resolution calling for a voter referendum on a Confederate statue. “That’s just passing the hot potato,” a local historian told the board. “You are our leaders. You know what’s right here. And I challenge you to do it.”—Free Lance-Star

•  A Roanoke judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block removal of a Confederate statue, saying the man who filed it lacked standing because he doesn’t live in Roanoke.—Roanoke Times

•  Virginia State Police say a man killed himself with his own gun during a struggle with troopers in Virginia Beach that began as a traffic stop.—Virginian-Pilot

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