The Bulletin

Unsuccessful state science and tech incentives and more Va. headlines

By: - June 14, 2022 9:41 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Authorities say a Virginia man has been identified as a “central” conspirator in the Jan. 6 insurrection after video showed him meeting with top leaders of two far-right extremist groups the day before the attack on the Capitol.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia home-schooling advocates have been leaders in a national movement to strengthen “parental rights” in state law.—Washington Post

• “Boeing and Virginia Tech will establish a workforce development center in Alexandria to help military veterans transition to civilian life and build careers in the technology and defense industries.”—Washington Post

• A new state report found that Virginia’s existing science and technology incentives have largely failed to drive economic growth.—VPM

• A Loudoun County judge removed the county’s prosecutor from a serial burglary case, claiming the office downplayed the suspect’s criminal history while seeking a plea deal.—FOX 5

• Richmond is the latest Virginia locality to consider a gun buyback program in response to rising homicides and a slate of recent shootings.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Monticello is planning a Juneteenth event to honor the enslaved people who lived and worked on Thomas Jefferson’s former estate.—WVTF

• Richmond officials say fencing surrounding the former Robert E. Lee monument — space that had become a gathering spot for community activists — could come down by this fall.—Axios

• A North Carolina mother has spent hundreds of dollars delivering formula to Hampton Roads families struggling amid a nationwide shortage.—WHRO

• Animal shelters across eastern Virginia are seeing record numbers of surrendered pets, straining capacity at an already busy time for most facilities.—Virginian-Pilot

• The Roanoke area is preparing for a near-record heat wave, including what could be the region’s first string of 100-degree days in nearly a decade.—Roanoke Times

• Richmond’s Edgar Allan Poe Museum is celebrating the tenth anniversary of two black cats who made the site their home after being discovered in the garden as kittens.—VPM

• The winning numbers for Virginia Lottery’s latest Bank a Million draw were 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, surprising players with what might have been the game’s first full numerical sequence.—Washington Post

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