Joe Biden will be in Richmond next week; Virginia hit with $3.8 million penalty for SNAP payment errors; William & Mary settles lawsuit with wizarding school and more headlines

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• Joe Biden’s campaign says the former Vice President is coming to Richmond next week for a fundraiser. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state will mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to English North America with two events over the weekend. – WVTF

• “The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund has launched $135,000 worth of online ads to kick off a promised $2.5 million in spending this year in Virginia, which the group views as a proving ground for the gun-control issue ahead of next year’s presidential election.” – The Washington Post

• The National Women’s Law Center says that while women hold a record number of legislative seats in Virginia, progress has stalled on addressing wage gaps, cost of child care and sexual harassment. – Daily Press

• Only 1 in 10 Richmond high school students are considered ready for college according to the company that administers the SAT and PSAT. The city’s schools already have the state’s lowest graduation rate. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The federal government is hitting the state with a $3.8 million penalty for a high rate of payment errors in its administration of SNAP benefits. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• About a dozen rural counties stuck with higher gas taxes to pay for fixes to Interstate 81 are asking the General Assembly to reconsider, noting the roadway doesn’t actually pass through their borders. – The Roanoke Times

• A super-max inmate in Wise County’s Red Onion state prison is accused of mailing “suspicious powder” to the Chesterfield County courthouse, prompting a hazmat scare last week. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Chesterfield County officials are building “Virginia’s first large-scale super street” in hopes of smoothing out traffic on increasingly clogged corridors. – Chesterfield Observer

• A consultant hired by officials in Culpeper after widespread complaints about discolored and bad-smelling town water blamed old rusty pipes. – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Southwest Virginia is seeing some early success in its push to boost outdoor and eco tourism as the coal industry continues to decline. – WVTF

• Researchers at UVA believe they’re close to understanding and treating why some people bitten by the Lone Star tick develop an allergy to red meat. – The Daily Progress

• William and Mary settled its lawsuit against a knock-off Harry Potter wizard camp for adults that rented the campus but never paid its full tab. The wizard group agreed to pay the school $70,000 to make the legal troubles vanish. – The Virginia Gazette

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