NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Strong population growth in Northern Virginia pushed the state’s population to 8,631,393 over the last decade, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. Virginia’s 7.9 percent growth rate was slightly above the national average.—Associated Press
• Visualizations from the Virginia Public Access Project break down the census numbers further, showing 62 of Virginia’s 133 localities lost population.—VPAP
• A Chesterfield County substitute judge said political donations made in his name, a potential violation of judicial conduct rules, were actually his wife’s doing.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The politics of COVID-19 are becoming more prominent in the Virginia governor’s race, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe saying he supports requiring masks and vaccines in some contexts and Republican Glenn Youngkin generally opposing mandates.—Washington Post
• Two Roanoke-area health systems say they’re strongly encouraging their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 but won’t require it.—Roanoke Times
• “An increase in COVID-19 cases in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia has prompted Ballad Health to defer all elective, non-emergent surgical cases requiring overnight patient stays.”—Bristol Herald Courier
• Prince William County school leaders are resisting calls from some parents to allow last-minute shifts to virtual programs for students signed up for in-person classes.—InsideNoVa
• The Portsmouth City Council seemed set to allow firefighters and emergency dispatchers to collectively bargain, but changed course after looking into the costs.—Virginian-Pilot
• Tim Heaphy, a Virginia attorney who conducted the city of Charlottesville’s investigation into the violent white nationalist rally in 2017, has been hired as chief investigative counsel to the congressional committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Old Dominion University is using $2.7 million in pandemic relief funds to pay off students’ debt.—Virginian-Pilot
• Kings Dominion previewed a new spinning roller coaster coming to the theme park in 2022.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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