Poll says Chase, McAuliffe are early leaders; How Virginia’s weathered the pandemic; Balloon fines and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

•”Nearly a year into the pandemic, Virginia has sustained among the lowest numbers of cases and deaths in the U.S. when adjusted for population.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Charlottesville-area vaccination site was swamped with people after a registration link was shared widely. “I’m very grateful to begin to be getting a vaccine because it’s gonna change my life,” said one woman. “But the process has not been great.”—Daily Progress

• Loudoun County Public Schools have agreed to a package of racial reforms after Attorney General Mark Herring’s office probed allegations of discriminatory admissions policies at an elite magnet school.—Associated Press

• A sculptor has revealed his proposed design for a memorial at Fort Monroe commemorating the arrival of the first Africans in 1619.—Daily Press

• The General Assembly passed legislation banning the release of nonbiodegradable balloons. The fine is set at $25 a pop.— Associated Press

• Virtual legislating has come with hot-mic moments and complaints that some people wanting to testify on bills aren’t being heard.—Associated Press

• A CNU poll found former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Sen Amanda Chase are the early leaders for governor, with significant numbers of undecided voters on both sides.—Virginia Business

• “The Republican Party of Virginia has voted four times since December to nominate its candidates for this year’s statewide races at a convention instead of in a primary election. But in a sign of the Trumpian times of denial and dispute in the G.O.P., nearly half of the party’s top officials are still trying to reverse the results.”—New York Times

• A Richmond movie theater is planning to build a drive-in theater in its parking lot.—Richmond BizSense

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