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VCU students indicted in fraternity hazing death and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 27, 2021 8:15 am

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• “As COVID-19 cases rise among children and almost 8,000 students and staff members in Fredericksburg-area schools have been quarantined from possible exposure, pediatricians across Virginia (who) are dealing with the virus and various other sicknesses among their patients describe conditions as ‘the worst they have seen in their career.’”—Free Lance-Star

• A surge in COVID-19 cases in recent months might have reached its peak, according to UVA models, which suggest a “drawn-out plateau” ahead.—Register & Bee

• Strong showings at campaign events and close polling have some in the GOP optimistic that this is the year they break their 12-year losing streak. “I am seeing more enthusiasm than I’ve seen for a statewide Republican candidate since I can remember.”—Associated Press

• Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe is hoping his support for vaccine mandates will give him a boost over GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin.—Washington Post

• Eight Virginia Commonwealth University students were indicted in the hazing death of a fraternity pledge earlier this year.—Associated Press

• A state investigator hired to probe deaths in local jails quit after the Department of Corrections told him he wasn’t allowed to communicate directly with the state board he works for and limited his investigations.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The number of K-12 students who got all of their required vaccinations dropped this year from 96 percent to 88 percent. Public health officials suspect cancelled pediatric appointments amid the pandemic are mostly to blame.—Virginian-Pilot

• Tensions over a $20 million public safety radio contract boiled over into accusations and finger-pointing over a “poisonous atmosphere” at a recent Frederick County Board of Supervisors meeting.—Winchester Star

• Fairfax County Public Schools says it’s removing “two books from school libraries, including an illustrated memoir that contains explicit illustrations of sexual encounters involving children, after a parent expressed concern about them at a school board meeting.”—Associated Press

• “Virginia is expanding Amtrak service in downtown Richmond this week that links to the nation’s capital, the first of multiple service enhancements planned as part of the state’s new multibillion-dollar rail expansion program.”—Washington Post

• A federal judge in Roanoke walked out of the court room without calling a recess during a defense attorney’s arguments in a criminal case. Experts called it strange but said it didn’t violate any procedural rules.—Roanoke Times

• A member of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors was charged with two misdemeanors for allegedly removing real estate signs. He calls the charges silly and says the signs were placed illegally.—Northern Virginia Daily

• The National Zoo in Washington is feeding coronavirus-infected lions and tigers baby food and chicken broth after the animals started rejecting meat.—Washington Post

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