Employment Commission may have paid out $40 million for fraudulent claims, primary care doctors frustrated over vaccine availability, a new chapter for White’s Ferry, and more headlines

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• A Newport News man spent two nights in jail after police mistakenly arrested him at his job while looking for another man with a similar name.—Daily Press

• The Virginia Employment Commission says it may have paid out more than $40 million in unemployment benefits for claims filed in the names of prison inmates.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker announced she’s under investigation for using her city credit card to “pay for gift cards to compensate people who spoke at City Council meetings.”—Daily Progress

• Primary care doctors in Virginia  who aren’t affiliated with large hospitals say they’re frustrated they’re still unable to get COVID-19 shots for their patients.—Virginian-Pilot

• House Democrats plan to introduce their own version of a bill to reopen Virginia schools, with a longer timeframe and more flexibility than similar legislation that passed the state Senate. The new bill is supported by Gov. Ralph Northam.—Washington Post

• A Northern Virginia businessman has reached a deal to buy and reopen historic White’s Ferry, the Potomac River crossing that was shut down over a land dispute.—WTOP

• Thousands of Virginians still had no power Sunday due to the ice storm. Dominion Energy said the damage was the most extensive since 2000.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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