NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump group working to help Democrats in the Virginia gubernatorial election, took responsibility for a fake white supremacist stunt at a Youngkin campaign event Friday in Charlottesville.—Associated Press
• The stunt came as the civil trial over the 2017 Unite the Right rally got underway in Charlottesville, with “imagery of violence and suffering” emphasized in opening statements.—Daily Progress
• As Democrats worry over Black voters’ enthusiasm for McAuliffe, a shadowy group with apparent Republican ties is sending out anti-McAuliffe mailers trying to drive Black support for third-party candidate Princess Blanding.—POLITICO
• Backers of a Richmond casino project have poured nearly $2 million into the effort to win voters’ permission in a ballot referendum Tuesday.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• State officials stopped providing an advocate with overdose data as the numbers trend upward. Officials blamed the issue on an “ongoing data migration” and said they intend to provide the data again at some point.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Loudoun County’s Republican sheriff declined to provide uniformed security at contentious school board meetings in August. School officials requested extra protection due to threats, but the sheriff said having uniformed officers creates an “intimidation factor” for the public.—Loudoun Times-Mirror
• Police traffic stops that turn tense or violent, like the one that made national news earlier this year in the Virginia town of Windsor, are often incentivized as a money-making opportunity for local governments.—New York Times
• Racial gaps in Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination effort are continuing amid the shift toward booster shots.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• There’s been another armadillo sighting in Southwest Virginia.—Cardinal News
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