• “Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin had raised a combined $66 million through August, more than double the previous record at this point in Virginia’s gubernatorial campaign.”—VPAP
• McAuliffe and Youngkin meet tonight in Grundy for the first of two planned gubernatorial debates.—Associated Press
• “A historically Black town stood in the way of a pipeline – so developers claimed it was mostly white.”—VPM
• Schools in Southwest Virginia have been forced to turn to virtual learning due to teacher exposures to COVID-19 and a shortage of substitutes. “We just do not have enough coverage for when those individuals have to be out.”—WSLS
• About three-quarters of Richmond employees are vaccinated and 10 percent sought exceptions to a mandate issued by Mayor Levar Stoney. Another 30 are on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with the order.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Prince William County school board meeting descended into shouting matches among attendees, prompting officials to clear the room. The board eventually reconvened and approved a vaccine mandate for district staff.—InsideNOVA
• Richmond fire officials identified a suspect in an arson at the headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy during protests last summer, but prosecutors declined to pursue charges, citing limited evidence. “We did not believe that we would be able to meet our legal burden of proof at trial.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Appalachian Power Co. is once again seeking to raise its rates, this time in response to rising coal and natural gas prices.—Roanoke Times
• “A TikTok video by a Blacksburg High School teacher went viral Tuesday and generated debate and a school system statement prompted by his description of Virginia public schools’ chief model for student discipline as ‘white supremacy with a hug.'”—Roanoke Times
• An accused hitman who previously admitted to murdering a woman and her seven-year-old son in Virginia Beach wants to withdraw his guilty plea, which he offered two years ago as part of an agreement by prosecutors not to seek the death penalty. With the death penalty now repealed, he says the deal is invalid.—Virginian-Pilot
• Fairfax County is the latest locality to approve a tax on disposable plastic bags, charging 5 cents. —WTOP
• “A Richmond woman who spent $800,000 in government benefits intended for the residents of the assisted living home she once owned on gambling, casino trips and other personal expenses pleaded guilty Tuesday to health care fraud.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Virginia Beach woman was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in what prosecutors called “possibly the biggest counterfeit coupon scheme in history.”—Virginian-Pilot
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct the amount Fairfax is taxing plastic bags.
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