Remains of Alexis Murphy found, Virginia launches central vaccine call center, the ice cometh, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Seven years after she went missing from a central Virginia gas station, the remains of teenager Alexis Murphy were found late last year on property along U.S. 29 in Lovingston.—News & Advance

• “A month after half of all Virginians became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that a call center is up and running to answer their questions.”—Roanoke Times

• The General Assembly has passed legislation making undocumented immigrants eligible for financial aid at Virginia colleges.—Richmond TImes-Dispatch

• Virginia lawmakers decided against letting bicyclists roll through stop signs, but the Senate approved a bill making it legal for cyclists to ride side by side in a travel lane.—Washington Post

• Authorities arrested a Williamsburg man they say was caught on camera “swinging and stabbing a stick” at police officers during the riot at the U.S. Capitol.—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Tech is dissolving its Student Government Association after a chaotic period involving claims of “dysfunction and sexism.” The university plans to create a new student senate in the fall.—Roanoke Times

• Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown is planning to change its name because the 18th-century landowner, who once controlled 5 million acres, owned slaves.—Northern Virginia Daily

• A sheep and a goat that escaped a truck bound for a slaughterhouse are now up for adoption, but only if they stay together. “They absolutely LOVE each other and want to continue the adventure of living their best life TOGETHER!,” wrote the Fauquier County SPCA.—InsideNOVA

• More ice is coming to Virginia today.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times, Washington Post

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