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• More than twenty homes were destroyed in Southwest Virginia’s Buchanan County as the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused flooding and mudslides.—WJHL
• The storm also led to tornado warnings near Blacksburg, but didn’t appear to cause severe damage in the area.—Roanoke Times
• Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons to the Martinsville Seven, a group of Black men executed in 1951 for the rape of a White woman. “These men were executed because they were Black, and that’s not right.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• About 90 percent of Native Americans in Virginia have been vaccinated against COVID-19, state data shows, the highest rate of any racial or ethnic group.—Tidewater Review
• A mask mandate in Albemarle County schools is preventing some kids with disabilities from attending in-person classes, despite a statewide health order specifying children with disabilities should qualify for exemptions.—Daily Progress
• The number of Black farms has plummeted in the last century. Virginia farmer John Wesley Boyd Jr. says the explanation is simple. “I don’t think you’re going to see many USDA officials spitting on people now or maybe calling them colored, but they aren’t lending them any money.”—Associated Press
• A gravesite connected to a Black church was rediscovered behind a power plant in Williamsburg after a timber company damaged it.—Virginia Gazette
• State Police obtained a state lawmaker’s Facebook records as part of an investigation into potentially illegal campaign fundraising raffles.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Monmouth poll of Virginia’s governor’s race found Democrat Terry McAuliffe up five percentage points over Republican Glenn Youngkin.—Monmouth University
• The first Virginia Cannabis Growers Symposium drew a diverse and enthusiastic crowd. “We got one thing in common – it’s called cannabis.”—Star-Exponent
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