NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Most of the recommendations made following the mass shooting at Virginia Tech 12 years ago have been implemented, a review by Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration concluded. “Now we know that the vast majority of recommendations were adopted, and we’re more confident than ever that we need gun regulations,” Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said. – The Roanoke Times
• Richmond’s graduation rate — already the lowest in the state — dropped another five percentage points to 70 percent. District administrators said the school system had been artificially inflating the number for years and the new figure represents an end of those practices. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “A majority of Democratic lawmakers polled by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce say they oppose the state’s right-to-work law.” – VPM
• “Next week, members of the Virginia State Board of Education will consider a new proposal to create an equity fund — more than $350 million to pay for additional teachers and targeted compensation.” – WVTF
• A Richmond bus driver struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street near VCU, the first death involving the city’s new bus rapid transit line. Officials say they believe the bus had the right of way at the time of the crash. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• After the superintendent of Virginia Beach Public Schools complained some board members created a hostile environment for him, three board members hired a lawyer to review whether it was proper for him to bring such a grievance to the board. – The Virginian-Pilot
• “Jerry Falwell Jr. has settled the Miami court case that laid out many of the details behind the South Beach real estate venture his family launched in 2013 with a former Fontainebleau pool attendant the evangelical leader and his wife met while on vacation.” – Miami Herald
• Three years after Hurricane Matthew walloped Virginia Beach, the city has made infrastructure improvements, but some residents still worry “there isn’t enough funding to adequately safeguard residents ahead of the next storm.” – The Virginian-Pilot
• The Virginia Women’s Monument — 10 years in the works — is set to be unveiled Monday on Capitol Square. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The Richmond-area developer under contract to purchase The Virginian-Pilot’s offices in downtown Norfolk is planning apartments and a swimming pool for the building. – The Virginian-Pilot
• “A Chesapeake florist and designer reached the finals in Charm Weddings and Quilted Northern’s 15th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest.” – WTKR
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