NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• The Newport News School Board voted against complying with a new state law requiring it to adopt policies to accommodate transgender students, becoming one of the largest school districts in the state to do so.—Daily Press
• In a budget speech, Gov. Ralph Northam cheered Virginia’s “roaring” economy while sounding a cautious note about the return of COVID-19.—Washington Post
• Virginia officials had stopped reporting data on COVID-19 outbreaks when the state of emergency ended. With concern mounting over potential outbreaks in schools, the state will resume publishing the data.—VPM
• A citizen group released its own report on what Virginia could do to reform its wide-open campaign finance system.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Taking the stand at his corruption trial, former Norfolk sheriff Bob McCabe admitted to violating campaign finance laws but denied taking bribes.—Virginian-Pilot
• About 400 workers at a Richmond-area cookie factory have gone on strike.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Virginia State University is opening a new center, possibly the first of its kind, focused on the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement.—WTVR
• A Chesterfield County man is facing criminal charges for having 50 marijuana plants, more than 12 times the amount allowed under the state’s new pot legalization law.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Paranormal researchers from Virginia went looking for ghosts in a Pennsylvania building that may have once been a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Their findings were featured on a TV show called “The Witching Hour.”—Virginian-Pilot
• Virginia Tech researchers are trying to train robot dogs to help at construction sites.—Roanoke Times
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