Report highlights centuries of racial oppression in Virginia, General Assembly releases budget proposals, Charlottesville ATM offers bitcoin, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• “Virginia needs sweeping changes to its schools, housing laws, criminal justice system and other areas of policy to remedy the legacy of centuries of government-sanctioned racial oppression, according to a new report the state released Wednesday.”—Associated Press

• The General Assembly money committees released their budget proposals Wednesday, with an emphasis on raises for public employees and more funding for K-12 education.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia Beach’s former lobbyist is facing an investigation by a special prosecutor for reportedly lining up a job with the city’s outside lobbying firm while he was overseeing the company’s contract.—Virginian-Pilot

• Former cheerleaders for the Washington Football Team have reached confidential settlements with the team over “lewd videos that team employees secretly produced from outtakes of 2008 and 2010 swimsuit calendar shoots.”—Washington Post

• Lawmakers are rethinking whether they want to impose a $4 access fee at boat ramps run by the Department of Wildlife Resources. The fee, meant to alleviate parking issues, will get more study.—Roanoke Times

• Historic White’s Ferry, which carried about 600 cars across the Potomac River per day, will remain closed over an unresolved land dispute.—Washington Post

• Christopher Newport University is seeing a COVID-19 surge, with about 3.5 percent of the student body in quarantine last week.—Daily Press

• About 8.5 percent of VMI’s cadets had active COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday.—Roanoke Times

• The Fairfax County School Board is facing criticism from religious leaders over its reluctance to create more days off for Jewish, Muslim and Hindu holidays.—Washington Post

• Charlottesville-based Blue Ridge Bank says it’s the first in the country to let people buy and sell bitcoin at its ATMs.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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