Parole Board chair files defamation suit against WTVR, free community college, a fight over casino siting in Richmond, and more headlines

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• The chair of the Virginia Parole Board filed a defamation lawsuit against Richmond television station WTVR, alleging its newscasts misrepresented a report detailing the missteps surrounding the release of an inmate last year.—Courthouse News

• “Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology. The legislation, which won unusually broad bipartisan support, prohibits all local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology.”—Associated Press

• Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation that will offer free community college to low-income students, something he has been pursuing since he took office.—WTOP

• Legislation that would have strengthened protection against workplace and sexual harassment died in the General Assembly earlier this year, frustrating advocates who have been pushing for action in statehouses around the country.—19th News

• Competing casino proposals in Richmond have pitted neighborhood groups opposed to the project against each other, drawing concern that some want to see the development pushed into a low-income, predominantly Black neighborhood. “More traffic. Higher crime. Lower quality of life for us,” read one flyer circulated Monday. “Tell them to build it over there.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A 14-year-old boy is charged with shooting and killing a 13-year-old girl in Henrico.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Police in Virginia Beach now say a man shot and killed by police during a hectic spate of shootings was brandishing a gun when officers fired at him. Police had previously only said a weapon had been found in the vicinity and that “for unknown reasons” officers had not turned on their body cameras.—Virginian-Pilot

• Many of those charged in the Capitol riot are unlikely to face jail time, a point a judge made clear in the case of a Virginia man who drew widespread notoriety for his prolific marijuana use during the event. The judge ordered the man released, telling prosecutors he’d already been held longer pre-trial than he’d likely serve if found guilty.—Politico

• Arlington County is using thermal imaging and drones to count its deer population.—InsideNOVA

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