Emails show children of University of Virginia donors get extra consideration during admissions; Virginia seats first Asian American judge and more headlines

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• “For the last 20 years, the University (of Virginia) has used a list to track certain applicants who receive an additional review — many of whom are connected to major donors,” emails obtained by student journalists found. Not only did borderline applicants on the list receive a second review, but the dean of admissions received information about them. – Cavalier Daily

• Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker came to Virginia to campaign with Del. Hala Ayala in Prince William County. – InsideNOVA

• Seven hospitals in Southwest Virginia filed a civil suit against several opioid manufacturers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson. – Associated Press

• “After a four-year battle with cancer, former Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles has entered a palliative care program. … Baliles, a Democrat, served as governor from 1986 to 1990, a period marked by an action-oriented administration that political observers — including Republicans — believed would establish Baliles as one of Virginia’s great governors.” – The Roanoke Times

• Maha-Rebekah Abejuela, the daughter of Filipino immigrants, became the first Asian American woman to become a judge in Virginia. She will serve in Fairfax County’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. – The Washington Post

• A Federal Communications Commission complaint filed against five nonprofit radio stations in the Charlottesville area claims the stations are operating illegally. – The Daily Progress

• The State Fair of Virginia has its first-ever sensory room this year for people who have a hard time processing the highly stimulating fair environment. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Meteor, the yak from Nelson County who broke free on the way to slaughter and evaded his owners and local authorities for weeks, was hit by a car and killed. – NBC29

• In good animal news, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission saved Kengi the German Shepherd from a bridge piling 25 feet under the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel after the dog was ejected from a car during an accident. –The Virginian-Pilot

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