NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• In the lieutenant governor’s race, Democrat Hala Ayala went on the attack against Republican Winsome Sears after Sears refused to disclose her vaccination status.—Washington Post
• Though the suburbs remain Virginia’s main political battleground, Republicans are targeting a pair of House Democrats from more rural areas.—Associated Press
• Gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin participated in a televised roundtable that covered education, abortion, policing and more.—WAVY
• A new poll from CNU found Democrats with “small but narrowing leads” in the three statewide races, with independent voters breaking for Republicans.—Wason Center
• Fairfax County officials are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to again waive the witness signature rule for absentee ballots due to the pandemic with early voting already underway.—WTOP
• School officials in Virginia Beach are considering banning six books due to “pornographic” content.—Virginian-Pilot
• An LGBTQ student group in Fairfax is objecting to a decision to pull two controversial books from high school libraries.—WTOP
• Archaeologists at Colonial Williamsburg have uncovered the original structure of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches.—Virginia Gazette
• A Fredericksburg coffee shop canceled a “Coffee with a Cop” event over tensions surrounding law enforcement. A police spokesperson called the decision “hard to swallow.”—Free Lance-Star
• A type of freshwater mussel that hasn’t been seen in Virginia rivers since the 1980s was officially declared extinct.—Virginian-Pilot
• Harrisonburg police say someone stole an entire house.—Daily News-Record
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