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Testing sites in Prince William and health workers in Roanoke overwhelmed, VMI committee begins reviewing Confederate symbols, and more headlines

By: - November 18, 2020 7:54 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Free COVID-19 testing sites in Prince William County are being overwhelmed by high demand. The county says they can’t add more tests due to “a lack of lab capacity.”—Prince William Times

• COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke area are rising so fast “there are times local public health workers can’t get to them all.”—Roanoke Times

• The U.S. Navy is increasing COVID-19 restrictions for its personnel in the Hampton Roads area.—Daily Press

• A Chesterfield County teachers’ group is asking the state to provide clearer rules for school reopenings after a process it described as “chaotic” and “secretive.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Philadelphia judge denied a bail reduction for a Chesapeake QAnon adherent who traveled to to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with guns in the election aftermath. A local prosecutor called the case “a mass shooting that was narrowly averted.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

• The two U.S. Park Police officers who killed unarmed motorist Bijan Ghaisar in 2017 want their case to be moved out of Fairfax County and into federal court.—Washington Post

• A VMI committee tasked with reviewing the school’s Confederate symbols began its work Tuesday, an undertaking the panel’s chairman called “a very, very tough issue.”—Roanoke Times

• Charlottesville residents are worried about UVA students partying through the pandemic.—Daily Progress

• Virginia’s fifth Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is scheduled to open early next year in Dumfries, completing the Colonial Downs Group’s push into Northern Virginia.—Prince William Times

• Residents of a Gainesville subdivision are concerned their HOA might force them to take down their “Hate Has No Home Here” signs.—NBC4

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]