NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A University of Mary Washington poll gives Republican Glenn Youngkin an edge over McAuliffe among likely voters. McAuliffe retains a slight lead among all registered voters surveyed, which could signal GOP voters are more enthusiastic about the race than Democrats.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a redistricting legal challenge backed by Southwest Virginia lawmakers that requires prisoners be counted as residents of their last address rather than the localities where they are confined.—Associated Press
• Virginia’s mental hospitals are gradually reopening and have resumed new admissions, but say staffing remains a challenge.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The Navy is cutting 500 civilian jobs in the Mid-Atlantic. It’s not yet clear how many of the positions will be in Hampton Roads.—Virginian-Pilot
• “A Virginia judge who jailed a woman as she testified about an alleged domestic assault claiming she appeared intoxicated has rejected her effort to get him to rescind his contempt citation, according to court documents.”—Washington Post
• U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Newport News, is one of seven House lawmakers facing ethics complaints for failing to report stock trades.—NPR
• McAuliffe’s repeated assertions that Youngkin would ban abortion earned a “half-true” rating from PolitiFact, which noted Youngkin said he would restrict abortions, but has not said he would seek a total ban.—VPM
• Youngkin got slapped with two Pinocchios by the Washington Post’s fact checkers for an ad attempting to tie McAuliffe to the recent controversy surrounding the parole board.—Washington Post
• Roanoke County is fighting a local judge’s order directing the removal of a Confederate monument in front of the courthouse, arguing his effort “is itself a threat to the administration of justice, the rule of law, and the separation of powers.”—Roanoke Times
• The town of Dumfries signed off on a casino-sized slots parlor that will include a hotel and a 1,500-seat theater on the current site of the Potomac Landfill.—Prince William Times
• The Stafford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban schools from teaching critical race theory or the 1619 Project, which school officials say they do not teach. “I’m not sure how everybody got upset about this thing,” Supervisor Gary Snellings said.—Free Lance-Star
• “The Roanoke-based Western Virginia Water Authority took first place in a water drinkability contest open to the state’s rural water providers.”—Roanoke Times
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