Supplemental unemployment delayed, COVID-19 cases at Va. colleges and universities surpass 5,000, a titanium space toilet, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• The extra $300 a week unemployed Virginians were supposed to receive Sept. 30 has been delayed until Oct. 15 due to a “programming error,” according to the Virginia Employment Commission.—Virginian-Pilot

• The number of Roanoke Valley households behind on their water bills has tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic.—Roanoke Times

• About a month into the semester, COVID-19 cases at Virginia colleges and universities have surpassed 5,000.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• On a party-line vote, the state Senate rejected a Republican proposal to give parents up to $500 per child to help cover the costs of virtual learning. Democrats said they didn’t think the $300 million plan would have a long-term impact.—VPM

• A Chester man says he was fired from his job at a Richmond-area RV dealership for refusing to stop wearing a Black Lives Matter mask.—WRIC

• Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, reported differing salary numbers on his state disclosure form and the federal form filed as part of his congressional campaign.—Roll Call

• Former Speaker Kirk Cox has filed official paperwork to raise money to seek the GOP nomination for governor in 2021.—Washington Post

• A Greene County man told police he found two discarded mail-in ballots on his property. Officials think someone may have been rifling through mailboxes looking for cash or checks. The local registrar said the two voters will get replacement ballots.—Greene County Record

• A 738-foot coal ship ran aground near Naval Station Norfolk. The Coast Guard says there were no reports of pollution and officials are working to get the ship unstuck.—Virginian-Pilot

• UVA researchers want to study the use of shockwave therapy as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.—Daily Progress

• A $23 million titanium space toilet was supposed to blast off from Wallops Island last night on a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station. The launch was aborted at the last minute.—Associated Press

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