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Massive Lego plant coming to Chesterfield and more Virginia headlines

By: - June 16, 2022 7:45 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Dr. Colin Greene, Virginia’s new health commissioner, has repeatedly downplayed the role of racism in health disparities, leaving some staff at the state’s Department of Health fearful for their jobs. “If you say racism, you’re blaming White people,” he said.— Washington Post

• “Lego plans to invest at least $1 billion to construct its only U.S.-based manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia’s red flag law, which allows law enforcement to remove guns from those who pose an immediate risk to themselves or others, has been used hundreds of times since taking effect nearly two years ago.—WRIC

• John Hinckley Jr., who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been freed from court oversight, allowing him to live without supervision in the Williamsburg community where he’s resided since the early 2000s.—Associated Press

• In the wake of the nation’s latest mass shootings, some gun control advocates are criticizing Virginia Democrats for failing to ban assault weapons while they controlled the state’s General Assembly.—WVTF

• Some Virginia Beach principals want the school board to “change its public comment policy so division personnel are not subjected to ‘slanderous opinions’ and ‘unsubstantiated accusations.'”—Virginian-Pilot

• “Two Roanoke police lieutenants have each sued the city police department alleging that they were denied promotions after reporting sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions.”—Roanoke Times

• George Washington University will retire its “Colonials” moniker next school year in response to criticism that the name glorifies colonialism.—Washington Post

• A panel of federal judges moved to advance a lawsuit filed by 12 Virginia inmates who argue they were subjected to cruel and unusual punishment during long periods of solitary confinement at two prisons in Southwest Virginia.—Roanoke Times

• Hanover County’s school board approved a new code of conduct with harsher penalties for students if they participate in walkout protests.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Norfolk is launching a violence intervention program to stem shootings.—Virginian-Pilot

• Variable speed limit signs, aimed at encouraging drivers to adjust their speed based on real-time traffic conditions, will begin appearing in some areas along Interstate 95 on Thursday.—WTOP

 

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