Northam to hold first public event since COVID diagnosis, last day to register to vote, remembering USS Cole bombing, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam is scheduled to hold his first public event today since testing positive for COVID-19 late last month. He hasn’t had a negative test, but experts say that’s not a concern.—Virginian-Pilot

• Today is the last day to register to vote. About a million people have already cast ballots, more than triple the number that voted early in 2016.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Survivors of the USS Cole bombing gathered in Norfolk this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack.—Daily Press

• The Waynesboro prosecutor’s office had to shut down temporarily after at least four employees tested positive for COVID-19. The office is trying to handle its court cases remotely.—NBC29

• Loudoun County students have launched a petition to reduce their online learning workload, with many saying they’re seeing their grades slip despite sitting at their computers for hours on end.—NBC4

• Richmond’s City Council voted to buy a now-vacant lot that was once part of the city’s Burial Ground for Free People of Colour and Slaves. Officials plan to add the site to the Richmond Slave Trail.—VPM

• A Pittsylvania County man went to leave his ballot at a drop-off box and was alarmed to find it sitting open. Election officials think it was only open for a few hours and said they’ll review security footage to make sure there was no foul play.—WSET

• A van carrying 80 rescue dogs overturned in a crash on Interstate 81. The driver of the other vehicle was charged with reckless driving.—Roanoke Times

• A Philadelphia woman is facing misdemeanor charges for her role in a protest at the Henrico County home of acting ICE Director Tony Pham.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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