NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Virginia counted its 800,000th COVID-19 infection and its 12,000th death since the pandemic began.—Roanoke Times
• Large employers say they plan to comply with President Biden’s vaccine mandate, though some say they worry about losing key employees in difficult-to-fill positions.—Virginian-Pilot
• “Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is warning that he could vote against the $3.5 trillion budget package if more money isn’t added for housing assistance to close the racial wealth gap in the current House version of the bill.”—Axios
• A Republican sweep in this year’s state elections could give the GOP the votes they need to enact new abortion restrictions.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Marijuana arrests plummeted after simple possession became legal. Most of the 25 arrests in the Richmond region involved underaged possession.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• After crews removed an enormous statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond last week, activists say they hope work continues to “address systemic societal inequities and tell a more complete story of Richmond’s history in its public spaces.”—Associated Press
• Roanoke’s city manager had a hallway of mayoral portraits replaced by an art exhibit. “It is my feeling that the current image (a corridor lined nearly exclusively with white males) does not align with our efforts at being welcoming or supporting diversity and inclusion.”—Roanoke Times
• Medical marijuana dispensaries in Virginia began selling whole-flower cannabis to patients. The program had initially been limited to processed products.—WRIC
• “A U.S. District Court judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a civil lawsuit against Virginia Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth) that centered on allegations he took advantage of thousands of people who received settlements from injuries or workplace accidents.”—VPM
• A Canadian seafood company headquartered in Reedville spilled more than 400,000 “presumably dead fish” into the Chesapeake Bay. “Everyone in Hampton Roads should be on the lookout for dead fish in the water.”—Virginian-Pilot
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