NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Virginia is averaging more than 3,500 coronavirus cases per day as the holidays approach and officials are urging people to stay home and get tested if they will travel.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The number of Virginians filing first-time unemployment claims fell 13 percent last week.—Virginian-Pilot
• Health officials are gearing up to get information about COVID-19 vaccines out in several languages, especially Spanish.—VPM
• Virginia regulators have been criticized for approving a new power plant at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard over environmental justice concerns.—Utility Dive
• Hundreds of inmates and dozens of staff members have tested positive for the virus at Middle River Regional Jail outside Staunton.—Staunton News Leader
• Danville hit a 30-year low for violent crime.—Register & Bee
• Blood banks still need donations, with the pandemic cutting severely into supplies.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Washington, Virginia and Maryland are seeking more money from the federal government for WMATA.—Associated Press
• A former Republican state delegate says some Virginia senators have discussed expelling Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, from the Senate over her call for President Donald Trump to impose martial law and hold a new election.—WVTF
• State Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, is still considering a run for governor.—Daily News-Record
• A Lynchburg resident and former Tuskegee airman will turn 100 later this month. “I did the best I could,” Alfred Farrar said. “One hundred years is a long time.”—News & Advance
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