Va. health officials say no COVID-19 vaccines going to waste, Senate Dems reach tentative deal with Chase, Charlottesville’s message for Biden, and more headlines

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• Virginia health officials say they’re confident no COVID-19 vaccines are going to waste despite growing criticism of the state’s sluggish inoculation rate.—Associated Press

• Senate Democrats have reached a tentative deal with Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, to drop their plans to censure her. People familiar with the agreement say she would need to offer a general apology for insults she made on the Senate floor and “clarify” remarks she made praising the rioters who stormed the Capitol.—Washington Post

• “Virginia Democrats took aim at a member of the state’s new bipartisan redistricting commission as it prepared for its first meeting Thursday evening, with one lawmaker promising legislation to enable the panel to remove a Republican appointee who made comments on social media that used crude language and disparaged women.”—Washington Post

• Virginia’s first sportsbook began taking bets yesterday. Officials say FanDuel got a head start over competitors because it partnered with the Washington Football Team, which lawmakers gave special priority for licensure as part of an attempt to woo the team’s new stadium to Virginia.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Virginia lawmakers rejected legislation this week that would have placed limits on corporate political donations and several other campaign finance proposals.”—VPM

• Lawmakers advanced legislation that would require most businesses to offer their employees deductions for a state-run retirement savings plan.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Norfolk, like many cities in Virginia, remains deeply segregated along racial lines drawn in the early 1900s by local, state and federal governments enforcing racist housing laws.—Virginian-Pilot

• After a recent spike, new unemployment claims dipped last week, though officials say the number of ongoing claims remains high.—Virginia Business

• Virginia prison officials offered free snacks and phone credits to inmates who agreed to get vaccinated.—VPM

• Biden said the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville inspired his run for president. Now that he’s been inaugurated, some of the city’s residents have a message for him. “The rush to hug each other and sing ‘Kumbaya’ is not an effective strategy.”—New York Times

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