NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment say they expect a House of Delegates subcommittee to vote down the resolution this morning, but are hopeful the full committee will nonetheless take it up later in the week and send it to the floor, where they say they have enough support for it to pass. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The big casino legislation lived to see another day, with lawmakers rolling all the proposals into one bill and adding a provision that lets them change course next year before any licenses are issued if they don’t like how things are going. It now heads to the Senate’s Finance Committee. – The Washington Post
• After sitting out a Confederate tribute on the Senate floor Friday, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax invited relatives of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson to the gallery Monday, who said it’s time to stop “honoring the racist, white-supremacist past.” – The Washington Post
• Pretty much everyone’s on board with a bill to raise the age limit on tobacco products to 21. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The House of Delegates is expected to pass a package of school safety bills today that deal with emergency drills, building safety and resource officers. — Associated Press
• A tax on Airbnb stays in Blacksburg netted the city $27,000. – The Roanoke Times
• A House subcommittee voted down legislation to prevent children from being charged with disorderly conduct while at school. Associations representing sheriffs and prosecutors opposed the idea. “The whole issue of a school-to-prison pipeline is a myth,” said Bryan Haskins, the commonwealth’s attorney for Pittsylvania County. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Traffic management software powered by artificial intelligence would offer some drivers cash rewards to tweak their commutes in an effort to reduce congestion in Northern Virginia. It’s one of 13 projects recommended by the state for innovation funding. – WTOP
• A guy annoyed by the lack of high-speed internet at his home outside of Roanoke established his own wireless-broadband company called MtnNet. – The Roanoke Times
• Sweet Briar College is among a group of private universities cutting tuition in a bid to increase enrollment. – The Washington Post
• Amtrak and the state are adding a second daily round-trip train from Norfolk to Washington. – The Virginian-Pilot
• U.S. senators remain concerned Chinese-made Metro cars could be used by Beijing to spy on the capital. Metro’s board chair says he’s mostly worried about cost. “If indeed the federal government wants us to buy from other vendors at a higher cost, then they need to subsidize the difference.” – The Washington Post
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