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Northam declares state of emergency as second winter storm approaches and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 6, 2022 8:03 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency as a second winter storm heads toward Virginia.—WTOP

• The declaration came as calls mount for an investigation into the “catastrophe” that trapped drivers on Interstate 95 overnight.—Washington Post

• To help those stuck on the frozen interstate, a Baltimore bakery gave the go-ahead to open a stranded bread truck and hand out the loaves to drivers who needed food.—WBAL

• Uber refunded a $600 charge for a Richmond man whose ride lasted nine hours due to the storm.—Associated Press

• Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver, a key figure in the state’s COVID-19 response, is stepping down at the request of Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Roanoke County School Board voted to make masks optional for students if Youngkin dissolves the statewide mask mandate for schools.—Roanoke Times

• The annual pro-gun rally activists hold in Richmond will look different this year due to new laws prohibiting firearms on the Capitol grounds.—VPM

• A proposed bill aims to put an end to politically motivated election delays when a state lawmaker resigns or dies before a legislative session.—Cardinal News

• Legal advocacy groups representing jobless Virginians have agreed to a deal to end their lawsuit against the Virginia Employment Commission over its failures to promptly resolve unemployment claims.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• What’s behind the dysfunction in Charlottesville’s government?—WVTF

• A doctor fighting to be able to prescribe ivermectin for COVID-19 resigned from his role as a professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School.—WAVY

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