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NoVa COVID-19 cases trending down, Westmoreland County cases surge, new Richmond police chief’s vision for the department, and more headlines

By: - July 14, 2020 7:59 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Virginia Tech is blasting a Trump administration policy that might force international students to go home if their campuses don’t open in the fall. Southwest Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith, a Republican, is defending it.—Roanoke Times

• Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker said UVA’s plan to bring students back to campus grounds is a “recipe for disaster.”—Daily Progress

• As coronavirus cases spike elsewhere, numbers in Northern Virginia are “hovering at the lowest point in more than three months.—Washington Post

•  Virus cases in the Northern Neck county of Westmoreland are surging, driven by two outbreaks, though the local health officials won’t say where they happened.—Free Lance-Star

• Del. Hala Ayala, D-Prince William, is running for lieutenant governor.—Washington Post

• Richmond’s new police chief, the third since May, laid out his vision for the department.—NBC12

• A Fairfax police officer facing charges after firing his Taser at a Black man who didn’t appear to pose a threat failed to turn in his body camera footage of the incident.—Washington Post

• Eleven commonwealth’s attorneys have pledged their support for “meaningful reforms” in criminal justice and policing.—WTOP

• Two inmates, including a convicted killer, allegedly choked a guard unconscious and escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correction Center in Chesterfield, the first escape from the facility in 20 years.—WTVR

•  An immigration attorney is suing over a Prince William jail’s continued cooperation with ICE after local officials voted to end an 11-year partnership with the agency.—Prince William Times

•  A descendant of Confederate cavalry commander J.E.B Stuart wants the statue that used to be on Monument Avenue moved to his birthplace in Patrick County.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The president of the Danville Historical Society resigned after his Facebook account posted a racist screed against Richmond’s “Rumors of War” statue. He claims someone else was using his phone.—Danville Register & Bee

• Two apparent suicides have taken place within the past five days at a Hanover shooting range.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Dog the Bounty Hunter was searching for someone in Central Virginia.—CBS19

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]