NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A 911 call released by the Spotsylvania sheriff suggests a deputy may have mistaken a cordless house phone for a gun before shooting 32-year-old Isaiah L. Brown several times.—Free Lance-Star
• A Virginia state trooper recorded on video telling a Black driver “you are going to get your a– whooped” is no longer with the state police, the agency confirmed while settling the driver’s lawsuit for $20,000 and no admission of wrongdoing.—Washington Post
• Gov. Ralph Northam, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, and House Majority Leader Charniele Herring are all backing Del. Hala Ayala for lieutenant governor, a sign the Democratic establishment is lining up behind her candidacy.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• After withstanding calls to step down over the yearbook blackface scandal, Northam has become a “progressive champion” in the second half of his term. “This was painful, mainly for Virginia … but we have really been able to bring some good from it.”—CNN
• The law firm Nixon Peabody LLP has been hired to do an independent investigation into how Virginia’s Office of the Inspector General investigated the Virginia Parole Board last year.—WRIC
• “Several historic groups want the state to rethink its plan to convert the parade grounds on Fort Wool into a sandy habitat for Virginia’s seabird colony.”—Daily Press
• Hampton Roads-area hospitals say they’re seeing younger patients being hospitalized with COVID-19.—Virginian-Pilot
• A White employee at the Chesterfield Food Bank has been fired after getting into an argument with a Black Colonial Heights woman and telling her “you’re not the right color.”—Progress-Index
• Tenants at an affordable apartment complex in Alexandria say they’re worried their new landlord wants to push them out for higher-earning Amazon workers.—Associated Press
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