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NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• State officials plan to remove the Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Wednesday. They say they will live-stream the process and provide in-person viewing on a first-come, first-served basis.—Associated Press
• A surge of COVID-19 cases in the Danville area appears to have motivated more residents to get vaccinated, with inoculations jumping 50 percent last month.—Register & Bee
• “More than 60,000 unemployed Virginians will draw their last check from enhanced federal jobless benefits this week after the expiration of COVID-19 emergency benefits.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• With early voting set to begin at the end of next week, the gubernatorial race is already entering its final stretch. A new law banning most abortions in Texas has dominated recent debate, with Democrats warning their GOP opponents would pursue similar policies and Republicans doing their best to avoid the topic.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post
• Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are asking a judge to order Facebook to reveal the identity of anonymous administrators behind the page Appalachians Against Pipelines, which has been vocal in its criticism of the project.—Roanoke Times
• Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine renewed their push for stronger safety regulations for beach umbrellas, which can be fatal when caught by a strong wind gust.—Virginian-Pilot
• Brown pelicans, once endangered, are recovering and growing in numbers along Virginia’s coast. “Water birds will find some area that’s protected and literally sleep and just chill.”—Virginian-Pilot
• “Jill Biden is going back to her whiteboard. After months of teaching writing and English to community college students in boxes on a computer screen, the first lady resumes teaching in person Tuesday from a classroom at Northern Virginia Community College, where she has worked since 2009.”—Associated Press
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