Northam outlines plans for Parole Board investigation, hearing today for Chase lawsuit against Senate censure, two men shot on I-95, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his proposal for a third-party investigation into a controversial watchdog report on the Virginia Parole Board. A GOP senator said it’s like “asking for the fox to investigate the hen house.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A judge will hear arguments today in Sen. Amanda Chase’s lawsuit challenging the Virginia Senate’s vote to formally censure her.—Associated Press

• Health officials in the Hampton Roads area say they don’t have enough people pre-registering for vaccine appointments.—Virginian-Pilot

• Several Southwest Virginia law enforcement officials are blasting the state for “systemic failure” in the mental health system that leaves people in crisis unable to be admitted to state-run facilities.—Roanoke Times

• A federal judge ruled Virginia Beach’s at-large voting system for local offices illegally dilutes minority voting power.—Virginian-Pilot

• “Virginia no longer will require thousands of legal immigrants to work at least 10 years in the United States before qualifying for health coverage under the state’s Medicaid program.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• An intellectually disabled man arrested while working at the Virginia Capitol building’s Capitol Cafe is suing the police, saying he spent five days in jail in a case of mistaken identity.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Two men were shot Tuesday night by someone in a passing car on Interstate 95 near Colonial Heights, the third shooting on that stretch of highway in less than five weeks.—Progress-Index

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