NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• More kids are hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any point during the pandemic, with at least 252 confirmed or suspected cases reported by hospitals last week. “Now we’re seeing children who are coming in with pneumonia and the need for oxygen. It’s very serious.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The Virginia Department of Health rolled out a QR code program aimed at making it easier for people to show proof of vaccination to employers and businesses. “Because the QR code is digitally signed by the Virginia Department of Health, it cannot be altered or forged. Information from QR codes is only available if and when the individual chooses to share it,” the department said in a statement.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Early voting begins today.—WTOP
• Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin each raised more than $11 million in the latest reporting period, but a $4.5 million loan Youngkin gave his campaign left the GOP candidate with a significant fundraising advantage.—Associated Press
• The gubernatorial debate was marked by insults, jabs and constant interruptions, with each campaign falling back on familiar lines of attack. Princess Blanding, who will be on the ballot representing the Liberation Party, was not invited to participate.—Washington Post, VPM
• “Dominion Energy is moving forward with plans for 15 solar and energy storage projects to comply with requirements of a 2020 clean energy law, the company said Thursday.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The city of Roanoke named its first youth and gang violence prevention coordinator, who will be responsible for “the awareness, suppression, intervention and prevention of youth and gang-related activity.”—Roanoke Times
• “The family of a girl who authorities say suffered years of sexual abuse by a relative is taking the unusual step of waging a legal fight against a Virginia prosecutor to try to win a longer sentence for the defendant.”—Washington Post
• Virginia Beach City Council members are beginning to think it may no longer be appropriate to share a lawyer with the School Board as the two bodies begin to find themselves in conflict over issues like collective bargaining and Second Amendment rights.—Virginian-Pilot
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