Record hospitalizations in Roanoke region, charges against Portsmouth vice mayor thrown out, ABC scraps seasonal sales over crowd fears, and more headlines

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• A new round of COVID-19 outbreaks has led to a record number of hospitalizations in the Roanoke region. “It’s extremely frustrating,” said a local health official. “Every week we hope that something that we say will stick.”—Roanoke Times

• A Portsmouth judge threw out misdemeanor charges against Vice Mayor Lisa Lucas-Burke over her call for the local police chief to be fired, ruling the citizen who brought them didn’t have the power to do so.—Virginian-Pilot

• Electronics were stolen in an apparent burglary at Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s campaign headquarters. No evidence has emerged suggesting a political motive for the break-in.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Albemarle County schools superintendent said he suspects virtual learning attendance data across the state are being “dramatically inflated” to preserve funding.—Daily Progress

• A plan to have some Newport News students return to classrooms next week has been put on hold after pushback from teachers.—Daily Press

• U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and GOP challenger Daniel Gade fought over the coronavirus pandemic and health care in their third and final debate.—Associated Press

• A Virginia Beach man was sentenced to six months in jail for raising hundreds of fighting roosters and shipping them to his native Philippines, where cockfighting is legal and considered a legitimate sport.—Virginian-Pilot

• A Pittsylvania County ballot drop box found unsecured appears to be a case of “simple mechanical failure” caused by a faulty latch, according to the local registrar.—Register & Bee

• Virginia ABC has scrapped its usual fall and holiday sales events like “Door Busters,” “Spirited Thursdays” and “Black Friday” because the agency worried pandemic-era crowds would overwhelm its stores.—WTOP

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