In-person voting begins, Kanye remains booted from Va. ballot, Culpeper County sheriff shares debunked Facebook post, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• In-person voting begins in Virginia today.—Roanoke Times

• A month in, the General Assembly’s special session is still going and House and Senate lawmakers are getting increasingly testy about the slow pace of work. Lawmakers promised to present their proposed revisions to the budget “very soon.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Kanye West’s presidential ambitions in Virginia hit a dead end when the Supreme Court of Virginia denied the rapper’s request to put him back on the ballot. A judge in Richmond booted him after hearing testimony that voters were duped into signing his petitions.—WVTF

• College leaders in Virginia say they expect online classes to continue through at least the end of the academic year.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A panel of House lawmakers voted down a bill aimed at limiting Gov. Ralph Northam’s emergency powers. GOP lawmakers in the Senate and a handful of Democrats who are unhappy with Northam’s handling of the pandemic backed the measures, but Northam’s administration called it impractical and potentially unconstitutional.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Four in 10 Virginians told canvassers they are not likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine if one becomes available — even if it was free and federally approved, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University poll released Thursday.”—Virginian-Pilot

• The number of ongoing jobless claims in Virginia is down to about half of its peak in May, when more than 400,000 people filed unemployment claims.—Virginia Business

• The National Weather Service warned Hampton Roads could see significant tidal flooding as the remnants of Tropical Storm Sally pass over the region.—Virginian-Pilot

• Former staff and administrators at Liberty University complained Jerry Falwell Jr. “showed up to campus appearing drunk or smelling of alcohol.” And at the end of last month as scrutiny of his tenure at the school was growing, Falwell’s wife called 911 reporting he was intoxicated, injured and there was “a lot of blood right now.” The evangelical school bans alcohol use by students and Falwell has downplayed his use, recently claiming a drink he was holding in a widely circulated photo was a “prop only” and “black water.”—HuffPost, Wall Street Journal

• The sheriff in Culpeper County is facing criticism for sharing a widely debunked Facebook post describing a violent attack by activists in downtown Roanoke that never happened. “Have you been hacked????” posted one woman responding to the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office repost.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

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