Vaccines en route to Virginia nursing homes, Fauci to pair up with Northam for COVID-19 talk, tension at Liberty over politically active Falkirk Center, and more headlines

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• Virginia expects to deliver coronavirus vaccines to more than 1,400 nursing homes in the coming weeks. So far, just 20 percent of the 450,000 doses the state has received have been administered, according to state data.—Associated PressRichmond Times-Dispatch

• “More than $8 billion in federal emergency relief is on its way to Virginians and crucial state services, including education, unemployment insurance, housing, child care, transportation and even funeral costs for the families of more than 5,000 people who have died from COVID-19 since the public health emergency began 10 months ago.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Dr. Anthony Fauci will appear virtually with Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday “to discuss facts and myths about the coronavirus and vaccine.”—Virginian-Pilot

• “There will be an empty chair when the Virginia Senate convenes for the 2021 session because there isn’t time to determine a replacement for Sen. Ben Chafin, who died Friday of complications from COVID-19.”—Bristol Herald Courier

• A group of 12 commonwealth’s attorneys from around the state called on lawmakers to end the death penalty, cash bail and mandatory minimum sentences.—Daily Press

• Democratic candidates from Prince William County loom large in this year’s primaries for statewide office.—Washington Post

• Terry McAuliffe says he raised more than $6 million for his second run for governor.—Washington Post

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, voted “present” instead of supporting Nancy Pelosi’s reelection as House speaker, a campaign promise that goes back to her first campaign.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• “Hundreds of former and current Liberty University students are calling on the evangelical Christian school to shutter the Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty, a campus ‘think tank’ known for promoting conservative political causes.”—News & Advance

• Outgoing Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson, said his party’s embrace of conspiracy theories makes him hesitant to call himself a Republican. “Something that used to be called the Grand Old Party now stands for ‘Grandpa’s on Peyote.’”—The Atlantic

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