Herring to run again for Attorney General, Norfolk utility worker dies of COVID-19, Newport News Shipbuilding says ‘You’re fired’ to employee over Trump hat

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• Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is scrapping his planned gubernatorial run and says he will instead run again for Attorney General. His “entrance into the race raises the possibility that at least two-thirds of the Democratic statewide ticket in 2021 could be a repeat of the 2013 ticket.”—Associated Press

• A Norfolk utility worker died of COVID-19, intensifying complaints among workers that the city department was ignoring the virus’ health risks by continuing to require workers to ride shoulder-to-shoulder to job sites.—Virginian-Pilot

• About 11 percent of smartphone users in Virginia have downloaded the state’s COVIDWISE exposure notification app and so far 83 people who tested positive have used the app to notify past contacts of potential exposure.—Roanoke Times

• “A proposal from Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach) to get nurses into every public school building in Virginia was voted down in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. Lawmakers told the senator that, despite being a worthy cause, now’s not the right time to shift funding around to pay for it.”—VPM

• Richmond police are facing accusations of using “egregious and excessive” force for tackling a protester on a bike who had been blocking traffic outside the city jail, leaving him bloodied and bruised. Police said the officer “did what he had to do.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state liquor monopoly says surging retail sales amid the pandemic more than made up for a steep drop in business from restaurants, allowing the agency to close out the fiscal year with a record $1.2 billion in sales.—Virginia Business

• “Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Virginia next week to deliver remarks to cadets at the Virginia Military Institute.”—Associated Press

• A Newport News Shipbuilding employee says he was fired for refusing to take off his “Trump 2020” hat, which the shipyard said violated a prohibition on campaigning on the job. No regrets, he says. “This is the United States of America, and we have those rights, and I can find another job.”—Daily Press

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