General Assembly wraps up work, ongoing struggles at Employment Commission, newly approved vaccine doses headed to Virginia, and more headlines

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• The General Assembly wrapped up its work for the year Saturday, but for procedural reasons will reconvene today for a pro forma session to formally gavel out.—Associated PressWashington PostVPM

• Almost a year since the pandemic led to an unprecedented surge of unemployment insurance claims, the state agency that administers the benefits continues to struggle to complete basic tasks like processing applications and answering phones.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Slightly loosened coronavirus restrictions go into effect today. A cap on outdoor social gatherings increases from 10 to 25, and restaurants will be able to continue alcohol sales until midnight.—WTOP

• “Nearly 100,000 doses of the newest vaccine approved for use in the nationwide battle against COVID-19 are coming to Virginia this week.”—Daily News-Record

• Officials say interest in vaccinations is picking up among health care workers, an estimated 40 to 50 percent of whom initially refused shots despite being given priority access to doses.—Daily Press

• Police say they’re investigating the death of a 19-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University student who was found dead after a fraternity rush event.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Police arrested a 30-year-old man suspected in the hit-and-run death of an off-duty Henrico County police officer.—Associated Press

• A study released by The Sentencing Project found Virginia has nearly twice as many people serving life sentences as neighboring Tennessee.—Bristol Herald Courier

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