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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
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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