NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• With the pandemic spotlighting the need for broadband internet, the General Assembly is taking new steps to expand access.—Roanoke Times
• The Virginia NAACP says it wants an investigation into why the state Senate denied reappointment for a Black Chesterfield County judge accused of being too harsh on Black and Latino defendants.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The investigation into racism allegations at VMI is proceeding, with several faculty members saying they have already spoken to the law firm conducting it.—Washington Post
• Lawyers for former cadets who sued Virginia Tech after being suspended for hazing allegations say the school violated the confidentiality terms of a settlement agreement by publicly suggesting the suspensions were validated.—Roanoke Times
• The Gloucester County School Board is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its transgender bathroom ban, the subject of its long-running legal battle with former student Gavin Grimm.—Associated Press
• A Black-owned media company is partnering with the owner of Colonial Downs to propose a $517 million casino resort in South Richmond.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The state Senate has proposed boosting funding for the Virginia State Police by raising vehicle registration fees $4.—Washington Post
• Police are still trying to figure out how to remove two tree-sitters blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline.—Roanoke Times
• Researchers are piecing together the real story of Civil War spy Mary Louveste, a Black woman who shared information about the Confederates’ ironclad ship CSS Virginia.—Virginian-Pilot
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