Va. to receive fewer doses of J&J vaccine, conservative group sues Virginia Tech, Ben Jealous backs Jennifer Carroll Foy for governor, and more headlines

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• Instead of getting 125,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week as planned, Virginia will get only 15,000 due to the factory mix-up that ruined millions of doses.—Virginian-Pilot

• A conservative group filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia Tech, claiming the university suppresses right-wing views on campus.—Roanoke Times

• The chairwoman of the Henrico County School Board stepped down from her leadership role after apologizing for sharing an image of the Grinch flipping the bird and the text “go to hell Snowflakes / Leave Dr. Seuss alone.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• An army officer is suing over a traffic stop in the town of Windsor after police pointed their guns at him and pepper sprayed him before letting him go without charges. The incident was captured on an officer’s body camera.—Virginian-Pilot

• Mayors of five Hampton Roads cities are getting together to discuss a spike in shootings. “We are all seeing a rise in violent activity.”—Daily Press

• State election officials are investigating claims Democratic members of the Richmond Electoral Board acted improperly while verifying election results last year. The board members have denied the accusations.—Richmond Free Press

• The Alexandria School Board overruled its superintendent’s insistence on maintaining six feet of social distancing in schools after the CDC altered its guidance to three feet.—Washington Post

• Former Liberty University leader Jerry Falwell Jr. took to Instagram to urge people to get vaccinated “so our nutcase of a Governor will have less reasons for mindless restrictions!”—Huffington Post

• Civil rights leader Ben Jealous is backing Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy for governor.—ABC News

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