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Skill game ban injunction, a teacher raise proposal and more Va. headlines

By: - December 7, 2021 7:53 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• A federal judge temporarily halted enforcement of the state’s ban on skill games until a trial scheduled for May.—Associated Press

• Gov. Ralph Northam will propose a 10 percent raise for teachers over the next two years as part of his outgoing budget proposal.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Virginia’s tax code is likely to dominate the next General Assembly session, with Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin pushing aggressively for wide-ranging tax cuts on ‘day one’ of his administration.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia’s Safety and Health Codes Board rejected a proposal for a state standard to protect workers from heat stress. “I’m not sure an 85 degree heat index is sweltering heat. I call that June in Virginia,” said an opponent.—WVTF

• “Charlottesville’s City Council voted unanimously to donate the city’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, which plans to melt the statue…and use the bronze to create a new work of public art.”—Daily Progress

• “Virginia Beach City Public Schools will no longer require asymptomatic high schoolers to quarantine if they’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.”—Virginian-Pilot

• The Richmond School Board voted to approve collective bargaining, becoming the first school board board to formally recognize teachers’ right to negotiate contracts. Charlottesville and Albemarle teachers are also rallying behind the measure.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daily Progress

• Sea level rise is threatening septic systems across coastal Virginia.—WHRO

• Loudoun County Public Schools told a parent it would cost $36,000 to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for all public records relating to sexual assault or rape between May and October of this year.—Washington Examiner

• Roanoke City Council banned sleeping on downtown sidewalks after a summer uptick in homeless people occupying sidewalks under overpasses and overhangs as well as setting up some semi-permanent camps.—Roanoke Times

• A planning body in the Fredericksburg area is proposing development of “a community specifically to provide housing and support services for the chronically homeless.”—Free Lance-Star

• “Red-hot” demand for boats and supply chain issues have caused backups that at one point led to Smith Mountain Lake’s volunteer fire department having three boats out of commission. “It was terrifying,” said the chief.—News & Advance

• The fossil of a blue crab that could be as much as 2 million years old was found on the Virginia portion of Assateague Island.—Salisbury Daily Times

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