Five Virginia colleges and reparations, Virginians wager $59 million in first 11 days of sports betting, some good news for dairy farms, and more headlines

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• The General Assembly could be required to reconvene later this year for a special session to act on federal COVID-19 relief funds and appoint new judges to an expanded court of appeals.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Five Virginia colleges would be required to make reparations for using enslaved people’s labor to build their institutions under a bill currently awaiting Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature.”—VPM

• Virginia reported nearly 1,600 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 10 days, most of which occurred during the surge in December and January.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Nearly everyone in Virginia who lives or works in long-term care and who wants the COVID-19 vaccine has been vaccinated by CVS or Walgreens under the federal pharmacy plan.”—Roanoke Times

• Virginians wagered $58.9 million in the first 11 days sports betting was legal.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Cox was the only candidate to skip a forum hosted in Fredericksburg by a group called the Virginia Patriots. “Any campaign that did a simple Google search about the organizers before the forum would have reached the same decision Kirk did,” his campaign said.—Virginia Scope

• Richmond Public Schools, one of the last districts in the state to make plans for in-person learning, agreed to bring back 800 students in April.—VPM

• There were four inmate deaths at Hampton Roads Regional Jail last month. Sources said one is being investigated as a murder.—Virginian-Pilot

• Dairy farms, which had been shuttering at a rate of more than one a week in Virginia, are doing a bit better. “Whole milk sales increased in Virginia, which is something we haven’t seen, really.”—Daily News-Record

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