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Hospitals at capacity and more Virginia headlines

By: - October 1, 2021 8:03 am
Virginia Mercury

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“A child under the age of 10 died in eastern Virginia on Wednesday from COVID-19, the second fatal juvenile case this week in the region, health officials confirmed.”—Associated Press

Hospitals in the Fredericksburg area are the latest to announce they are at capacity, with “more patients in intensive care than at any other point during the pandemic.”—Free Lance-Star

Botetourt County schools will start releasing students two hours early on Wednesdays to ease the workload on teachers and staff stretched thin by high virus transmission rates and a lack of substitutes.—Roanoke Times

Vaccines and parental input in school curriculum dominated debate in the governor’s race this week.—Virginian-Pilot, WVTF

In the first lawsuit filed under new anti-discrimination measures, the attorney general’s office is seeking $8 million in damages from a Newport News landlord they accuse of abusive behavior toward Black and female tenants.—Daily Press

The government’s decision to house Afghan refugees at Fort Pickett has divided the nearby town of Blackstone, where false rumors about escapees making weapons in the woods have circulated.—Cardinal News

A federal jury ruled that a Pittsylvania County supervisor indeed retaliated against the county’s former social services director when he led an effort to fire her after she gave a critical speech at a state board meeting.—Roanoke Times

Police in Prince William say they’re revising rules for school resource officers to end arrests for minor offenses like disorderly conduct and fighting.—Prince William Times

As many as 9,000 Chromebooks distributed by Richmond Public Schools last year are missing.—Richmond Free-Press

Prosecutors dropped manslaughter charges against a Dinwiddie County man who shot and killed his best friend while investigating a commotion outside his home. Authorities called it an accident.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

Tree experts say fall colors should peak around Oct. 23.—Virginian-Pilot

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