Loving v. Virginia lawyer dies in Fredericksburg, General Assembly reaches budget deal, community rallies around Pulaski man, and more headlines

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• Bernard Cohen, the lawyer and former state delegate who in 1967 convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage on behalf of Richard and Mildred Loving, died this week in Fredericksburg. He was 86.—Washington Post

• A lawsuit claims a Mountain Valley Pipeline opponent charged with trespassing in a construction zone was targeted because the project’s security team falsely believed she “consorts with and gives direction to Antifa.”—Roanoke Times

• General Assembly budget negotiators announced they’ve finally reached a deal that includes money for criminal justice reforms, bonuses for state workers, a dental health benefit for Medicaid recipients and funding for education priorities.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Implementation of the budget could be delayed a few weeks due to the internal Democratic battle over the redistricting reform amendment on the ballot Nov. 3.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A federal judge ordered Virginia to reopen its voter registration window after a cut cable knocked out government IT systems Tuesday. Registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. today.—Virginian-Pilot

• A Hampton Roads-area Black Lives Matter organizer was convicted on two charges for blocking traffic during a protest in July. He’s planning to appeal.—Daily Press

• The pandemic has brought renewed focus to the lack of reliable internet access in rural Virginia. “We’re trying to send people to Mars, but we can’t get our own population connected to the network?”—Washington Post

• Health officials raided the same Martinsville restaurant twice in one weekend over possible COVID-19 violations. An official said there were “too many bodies” inside, mostly near the bar.—Martinsville Bulletin

• With no literature conference, no Oktoberfest and no monthly drag shows, small businesses in Winchester that rely on foot traffic are struggling to stay afloat. “We’re in such a weird, weird time,” said the mayor.—Associated Press

• A community is rallying around a Pulaski man who insists he made a handshake deal with the town in 1981 to live in a trailer set up in a public park he used to maintain. He’s now facing eviction from his home of 40 years, but supporters want the town to let him buy the land.—Roanoke Times

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