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- A spate of gun violence over the holiday weekend left more than nine people dead. In one incident, a 23-year-old was shot and killed in the passenger seat of a car traveling on the interstate in Richmond. In another, a 36-year-old Bedford County woman was killed in her car while her kids were in the vehicle. In Suffolk, a boy was grazed by a stray bullet falling from the sky.—WTVR, Richmond Times-Dispatch, WDBJ-7, Virginian-Pilot
- COVID-19 cases remain low in Virginia, but as the delta variant spreads, there are signs infection rates are beginning to creep up.—Virginian-Pilot
- “A sprawling southwest Virginia county that lost its only hospital eight years ago celebrated the reopening of the facility this week.”—Associated Press
- A former Rocky Mount police officer charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol says the rifle police recently found in his home belongs to his son, the disassembled pipe bomb was a police training tool and he never actually received 34 additional weapons he’s accused of ordering online.—Roanoke Times
- “A judge on Friday dismissed a recall petition filed against state Sen. Louise Lucas finding — as both Lucas’ lawyers and the special prosecutor argued — that the court doesn’t have authority in the case.”—Virginian-Pilot
- For the first time in a long time, schools are taking center stage in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe promising record K-12 budget increases and Republican Glenn Youngkin leaning into the culture wars with a promise to ban critical race theory.—Washington Post
- “President Joe Biden nominated Virginia’s top trial lawyer to the federal bench last week. Solicitor General Toby Heytens has argued numerous high-profile cases — most recently defending Governor Ralph Northam’s decision to remove the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond.”—VPM
- A Rappahannock gardener harvested a patch of 25-pound cabbages.—Culpeper Star-Exponent
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