State leaders reach budget deal, man released on bond accused of murdering ex-girlfriend in Chesapeake, attempted hemp burglary, and more headlines

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• General Assembly budget leaders have reached a deal that includes 5 percent raises for teachers, state workers, and state-supported local employees.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Two former Rocky Mount police officers who were at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots won’t be allowed to carry guns as they await trial on felony charges.—Roanoke Times

• A man was charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend in Chesapeake just weeks after being released on bond while facing an assault charge against her. “He should have never been let out,” the woman’s aunt said. “… None of this had to happen.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Advocates are upset a downtown homeless encampment was cleaned up by city workers on the same day that First Lady Jill Biden was visiting nearby. A city spokesman dismissed the connection as a “social media conspiracy theory.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The General Assembly voted to rename Jefferson Davis Highway as “Emancipation Highway.”—VPM

• Some Hampton Roads cities are seeing a “nightmare” increase in litter.—Virginian-Pilot

• A recently discovered 1969 memo from a Colonial Williamsburg executive shows he called for a stronger portrayal of “the Negro in Williamsburg” given the prominence of slavery in 18th-century life.—Virginia Gazette

• A Radford man was arrested in the attempted burglary of a Christiansburg hemp farm that had seen $250,000 worth of CBD hemp go missing this year.—Roanoke Times

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