Isaias pummels Hampton Roads, universities delaying in-person classes, new handgun law blocks more than 1,000 purchases, and more headlines

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•Tropical Storm Isaias pummeled parts of Hampton Roads, leaving more than 300,000 temporarily without power and damaging storefronts, churches and homes in areas where officials suspect tornadoes touched down.—The Virginian-Pilot

• UVA delayed the beginning of in-person classes two weeks, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases and limited access to testing. VSU will now begin with four weeks of virtual classes, and at VCU, faculty are asking to move the fall semester entirely online.—The Daily ProgressThe Progress-IndexRichmond Times-Dispatch

• “Radford City Council on Tuesday banned gatherings of more than 50 people through August in anticipation of a spike of COVID-19 cases as Radford University students return to campus.”—The Roanoke Times

• The state will waive accreditation of K-12 schools for a second year. Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said the decisions “will allow our schools to focus on assessing the impact of the shutdown on students, academically and on their social and emotional well-being.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Roanoke-area health officials ended their requirement that vacationers returning from Myrtle Beach quarantine for two weeks, saying it’s been weeks since they were able to trace a case to the area.—WVTF

• More than 1,000 people were barred from purchasing a firearm last month under the state’s new one-handgun-per-month restriction.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “The latest problems with muddy runoff streaming from construction sites along the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route through Southwest Virginia have been resolved, with the company paying $58,000 in fines.”—The Roanoke Times

• The mayor of Luray responded to criticism of a racist Facebook post about Joe Biden’s possible VP pick. “Hell no, I’m not resigning,” he said.—Page Valley News

• “A Midlothian immunologist believes she has turned up evidence that COVID-19 was in the U.S. in early January, long before the first officially diagnosed cases in late February.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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