House per diems during a remote session, VCU launches Greek life review in wake of student death, Virginia monument removal, and more headlines

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• Lawmakers in the House of Delegates collected more than $800,000 in travel expenses this year despite meeting remotely. Only three refused the payments; delegates have long used the $211 per diem to supplement their $17,640 annual salaries.—Virginian-Pilot

• Bitter disagreement between Democratic leaders in the House and Senate has left lawmakers unable to appoint a new director to the agency that drafts legislation for the two chambers.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A second member of the embattled Virginia Parole Board stepped down to accept a judicial appointment.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia Commonwealth University says it’s launching a comprehensive review of Greek life at the school after the death of a freshman at a fraternity event last week.—Washington Post

• An undocumented Dutch citizen living in Tazewell, who investigators tied to the white nationalist movement and Boogaloo Bois, was arrested on weapons and immigrations charges following a raid on his home Tuesday.—Daily Beast

• School leaders in Bristol decided against filing a proposed lawsuit against Gov. Northam challenging rules limiting crowd sizes at football games. Board members said they could simply play games in Tennessee to avoid the rules.—Bristol Herald Courier

• “Sportsbooks actually lost money in Virginia in their January debut taking wagers on athletic events thanks to the aggressive promotions offered to court customers. As a result, the state collected a paltry $40,000 in taxes.”—Associated Press

• Virginia removed more Confederate monuments and symbols than any other state in the country last year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which found Virginia accounted for 71 of 160 symbols removed.—WAVY

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