How to spend $6.8 billion in federal aid, wider Virginia police use of facial recognition tech, Richmond’s Confederate monument dilemma, and more headlines

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• Virginia is getting $6.8 billion in federal aid under the American Rescue Plan Act. Now officials need to figure out how to spend it.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A database obtained by Buzzfeed News shows more Virginia law enforcement agencies tried the controversial facial recognition technology Clearview AI.—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Beach’s police chief is calling for 42 new cameras on the city’s Oceanfront and a gunshot detection system, moves that come after a string of shootings in the area.—WTKR

•  Only 20 percent of inmates at the Danville City Jail chose to get a COVID-19 vaccine.—Register & Bee

• Virginia became the first state to add American Sign Language support to its COVID-19 call center.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Richmond officials are still trying to figure out what to do with the Confederate monuments taken down last summer.—VPM

• A Gainesville man accused of shooting at passing cars on a highway had rented the gun from a local gun shop with a firing range, according to charging documents.—Prince William Times

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