NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A COVID-19 outbreak that infected 300 and killed one at an ICE detention center in Farmville was sparked by cross-country inmate transfers officials say were unnecessary and only used to justify charter flights to deploy agency tactical teams to protests in Washington at the request of the Trump administration. Without detainees to transfer, the tactical teams would have been required to take a commercial flight under agency rules.— Washington Post
• COVID-19 is spreading through Deerfield Correctional Center, a state prison that houses some of Virginia’s oldest and sickest prisoners. Over the weekend, officials reported more than 400 active cases, 22 hospitalizations and two deaths.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The ongoing special legislative session was initially called to address budget holes caused by the pandemic, but four weeks in, House and Senate lawmakers haven’t really started talking about it yet. “Communication has not been good between the two bodies.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The House of Delegates passed a bill that would open old police case files to the public, a measure that would end the “longstanding practice of shielding nearly all their files from the public — whether they are incident reports from last week or case files that haven’t been looked at in decades.”—Virginian-Pilot
• Legislation requiring the state parole board to publish monthly reports detailing who it released and why passed the Senate.—Daily News-Record
• Fairfax County Public Schools says hackers infected its computer system with ransomware. The district, which serves 189,000 students, hasn’t said whether the attack will impact online learning.—Washington Post
• “The Gloucester School Board asked a full federal appeals court to hear the long-running transgender bathroom case — a sign the board isn’t giving up on defending its policy despite two federal court rulings against it.”—Daily Press
• The Republican Party of Virginia reported smashed windows at its headquarters in Richmond for the second time this year.—Washington Post
• Arlington County voted to ban guns in county government buildings and parks.—WTOP
• Charlottesville’s city manager stepped down after a 16-month term marked by the departure of many longstanding department heads and public spats with the City Council, officials in neighboring localities and activists and residents.—Daily Progress
• UVA’s board voted to remove “the ‘Whispering Wall’ Confederate monument and provide context to the Thomas Jefferson statue near the Rotunda to include Jefferson’s ownership of slaves.”—Daily Progress
• “After nearly two hours of drilling, lifting and adjusting, the ‘At Ready’ Confederate statue in front of the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse was taken down to the sounds of cheers Saturday morning.”—Daily Progress
• Researchers can see Hampton Roads sinking into the sea from space and are using the satellite data to track the problem neighborhood by neighborhood.—Virginian-Pilot
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