Parents upset over First Lady visit to Fredericksburg preschool, Dems cancel top fundraiser, thousands attend Newport News Trump rally, and more headlines

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• After the Northams tested positive for COVID-19, parents of students at a Fredericksburg preschool expressed frustration First Lady Pam Northam was allowed to tour the building and interact with kids. “We can’t even go inside with our own children, yet both of them have been traveling and doing different site visits all over the area.”—Free Lance-Star

• “Top Democratic lawmakers cancelled a marquee annual fundraiser set for Saturday following Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement that he’d tested positive for COVID-19.”—VPM

• A crowd of thousands gathered to hear President Trump in Newport News.—Daily Press

• More than 160,000 voters cast ballots during the first week of in-person early voting.—Capital News Service

• VCU is considering making a course on racism part of its required curriculum.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Loudoun County Public Schools offered a formal apology for its history of segregation and discrimination. Local NAACP leaders dismissed the action as toothless. “We feel it is more word than action.”—Washington Post

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers restored permits allowing the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross nearly 1,000 streams and wetlands.—The Roanoke Times

• Richmond health officials pulled licenses from seven restaurants they said weren’t following COVID-19 guidelines, including a strip club and a hookah bar.—NBC12

• Organizers of an annual Christmas parade in Richmond plan to shift the event to a televised-only format. To avoid crowds they say they’ll film it at “an undisclosed location.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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