Gun control groups box out gun rights groups for rally permits, Bedford residents seek anti-shutdown resolution amid regional case surge, a mysterious red panda escape, and more headlines

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• Pro-gun control organizations booked almost all available time slots for permitted demonstrations on Capitol Square on the same day gun rights groups planned to stage a repeat of their rally last year that drew thousands.—Washington Post 

• Ballad Health officials say November has been the deadliest month for COVID-19 at their facilities in Tennessee and Virginia.—Bristol Herald-Courier

• A “No Shutdown” resolution opposing any pandemic restrictions and calling for the arrest of any state officials attempting to enforce them is being pushed in Bedford.—News & Advance

• Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Department of Health are looking for thousands of volunteers to participate in a study to discover how many people in Southwest Virginia have had COVID-19 as the virus surges there. “All of this is a public health effort directed to stemming the tide,” a doctor with the hospital said.—Roanoke Times

• An inmate is dead and 300 others are infected amid a COVID-19 outbreak at a prison in Culpeper.—WVIR 

• Despite being separated by more than 100 years, there are lots of parallels between the 1918 flu and the current pandemic.—WVTF

• OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges, including paying doctors to keep prescribing the highly addictive opioid that has ravaged communities across the country, including in Virginia.—The New York Times

• A Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy was shot four times during a traffic stop Tuesday morning.—Daily News-Record

• A Richmond startup is offering “augmented reality” tours of Monument Avenue that use new technology to teach about the street’s history, “from the Civil War and the erection of the Confederate monuments to the civil rights protests and removal of many of those monuments this year.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Bruce Carver Boynton, a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides” of 1961 after he was arrested for entering the White part of a Virginia bus station, died at 83. He is credited with “launching a chain reaction that ultimately helped to bring about the abolition of Jim Crow laws in the South.”—Associated Press

• Nearly four years after it occurred, the disappearance of a red panda from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk remains “the greatest mystery” in the zoo director’s career.—Virginian-Pilot 

•  Richmond animal control officers did their own turkey pardon after finding two domesticated birds roosting in a city park. “We have two turkeys — if not reclaimed they will need a home. NOT a home where they will be eaten,” the agency said in a social media post.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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