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• In Northern Virginia, health officials are cancelling coronavirus vaccination appointments, citing the difficulty of obtaining doses. CVS and Walgreens, tasked with vaccinating residents of hard-hit long-term care facilities, have administered less than a third of the 226,000 doses they’ve been allocated.—Washington Post, Free Lance-Star
• Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making final preparations to remove the state’s biggest Confederate monument. Workers erected fencing around the statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond as a small group of nearby residents seeking to keep the statue in place petitioned the Supreme Court of Virginia to reconsider a lower court’s ruling that cleared the way for it to come down.—Washington Post
• A proposal to eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences in Virginia cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee.—Associated Press
• Gov. Ralph Northam is making a final push to enact his free community college proposal, a longstanding campaign promise that was sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Legislation that would expand the Virginia Court of Appeals is advancing over GOP allegations of “court packing.”—Associated Press
• Legislation banning people from driving with dogs on their laps failed in the House.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “Pete Snyder, a social media pioneer, investor and former Fox News contributor, will seek the GOP nomination in this year’s race for Virginia governor, promising to be a disrupting force in state politics.”—Washington Post
• The scarcity of vaccines combined with timing of the state’s legislative session is prompting debate over which General Assembly staffers should be prioritized for inoculation.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “Before the week is out, the number of Virginians with some level of vaccination protection will exceed the number of Virginians who know they have had the virus.”—Roanoke Times
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