Richmond Council embraces some police reform, eligibility hearings stymie unemployment relief, how school fights can lead to assault charges, and more headlines

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• The Richmond City Council voted on several police reform measures, taking steps toward establishing a civilian review board and improving mental health responses. But the council overwhelmingly rejected a resolution some saw as a move toward defunding police.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•  Gov. Ralph Northam hinted that tougher social distancing rules may be coming for Hampton Roads while announcing a $70 million COVID-19 relief program for small businesses.—Daily Press

• Hearings to determine unemployment eligibility have been a barrier for thousands of out-of-work Virginians seeking financial relief from the state.—Virginian-Pilot

• Charlottesville and Albemarle County approved stricter coronavirus restrictions amid concerns over returning UVA students.—Daily Progress

• Richmond school records obtained by VPM show how fights can lead to assault charges with serious consequences, a system many are calling to reform.—VPM 

• A 70-year-old man charged with knocking over Roanoke’s Robert E. Lee monument said he wanted to prevent civil unrest. “I didn’t want it to become like a mini-Richmond,” he said.—Roanoke Times

• A Chesterfield County man could face jail time under a newly enacted gun control law that boosts penalties for leaving loaded guns where children can get them.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Fairfax County NAACP President Sean Perryman says he’s considering a run for lieutenant governor in 2021.—DCist

• The Virginia High School League adopted a tentative sports schedule that would run from late December to June. Football and other fall sports would begin in mid-February.—InsideNoVa

• A black bear was spotted napping in a backyard kiddie pool in Shenandoah County. “He seemed so content and refreshed,” said homeowner Regina Keller.—CNN

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