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SOL pass rates down; more on Reublicans’ Corey Stewart angst; a clinic for truckers

By: - August 23, 2018 7:37 am
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

SOL pass rates are down across the state
They dropped slightly in every subject, with 79 percent of students passing in reading, 78 percent passing in writing, 77 percent passing in math, 81 percent passing in science and 84 percent passing in history and social studies, according to The Roanoke Times.

The Daily Press reports state officials downplayed the results, saying they simply show the tests are rigorous.

District and school specific results are available from the Department of Education.

More on Republicans’ Corey Stewart Problem
A spokesman for Del. Ben Cline, a Rockbridge Republican who is running to replace U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, told The Washington Post that internal polling showed Corey Sewart’s Senate campaign has trailed Cline’s in the solidly Republican District.

“There’s a real potential for there to be some pretty negative impact for people down ballot.”

More news:

  • The man accused of the car attack in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens more is asking for his trial to be moved out of the city, citing “voluminous” media coverage. – The Daily Progress
  • A Louisa attorney said his signature was forged on court documents and asked to be removed from representing Jason Kessler in a civil suit stemming from the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally. – The Daily Progress
  • In response to news that the Hopewell Electoral Board has decided to put some local candidates’ names on the ballot in all caps, the chairman of the State Board of Elections said he will “use all legal remedies” to address the situation. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • The city of Poquoson refuses to say how much was paid to settle an excessive force lawsuit in which a 32-year-old woman was left badly bruised after an encounter with a police officer. – Daily Press
  • The state retirement system said it discovered 22 cases of identity theft and $200,000 stolen from six accounts. The money was reimbursed. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A growing demand for drug testing by state law enforcement agencies has created a backlog at the Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences. As of last month, it took an average of 136 days to complete a testing case. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Another Confederate monument in Richmond was vandalized by “a red paint-like substance.” – WTVR
  • The state acknowledged a backlog of 2,500 IT help tickets as it transitions to new service providers. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Researchers studying vultures in Radford have set up a webcam so people around the world can watch them pick apart carcasses. – The Roanoke Times
  • Women in their early 30s now account for more child births in Virginia than any other demographic, following a national trend toward giving birth later in life. — WVTF
  • Carilion is opening an urgent care clinic for truckers at a truck stop along Interstate 81 in Raphine. – The Roanoke Times

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.