NEWS TO KNOW
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• After the resignation of VMI’s superintendent, Gov. Ralph Northam says he expects the board to “listen and be open-minded” about allegations of widespread racism at the school.—Roanoke Times
• Amid the VMI turmoil, cadets have been venting their thoughts on an anonymous social media app, where the conversations “often descend into denigrating minorities, women and gay people.”—Washington Post
• With COVID-19 cases rising in Southwest Virginia, health officials say they’re having trouble getting people to participate in contact tracing efforts.—Roanoke Times
• Registrars say they’re seeing an influx of late applications for mail-in absentee ballots because the online system wasn’t turned off when the deadline passed.—Virginian-Pilot
• The Democratic Party of Virginia sued the Richmond registrar’s office for access to a list of voters who filled out absentee ballots incorrectly. The party says it wants to use the info to help people fix the errors.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The Republican Party of Virginia is suing state election officials over a new rule allowing ballots coming in after Election Day to be counted even if they’re missing a postmark.—VPM
• In the Fredericksburg area, a transportation planning agency can’t get anything done because regional tensions have led Fredericksburg officials to boycott its meetings, a stance derided as “childish” by neighboring counties.—Free Lance-Star
• The Fairfax Education Association is asking teachers to call out sick today as part of a “mental health day” tied to their concerns about returning to in-person learning. “We are drawing a line by protecting our members,” said the leader of the union, which wants to stay virtual for the rest of the school year.—Associated Press
• A CNU poll found Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump 53%-41% among likely Virginia voters, matching other recent polls that saw Democrats with double-digit leads statewide.—Wason Center
• Paramedics had to spend two nights in a row on Old Rag Mountain after “a series of poor decisions” left hikers stranded. The Shenandoah National Park superintendent “described a typical offender as somebody who sets out on a Shenandoah Park trail wearing nothing but ‘flip flops’ and carrying bottles of ‘DASANI water.'”—Rappahannock News
• A detector dog sniffed out two live canaries smuggled in a traveler’s luggage at Dulles International Airport. Officials also discovered nine pounds of illicit crabapples and quince.—Inside NoVA
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