Virginia budget gets a new $730 million in revenues, two senators call for unpaid teacher volunteers, yes, Virginia, Girl Scout cookies are still happening, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam says strengthening tax revenues will give the General Assembly another $730.2 million to work with as legislators finalize the state budget.—Washington Post

• Two men who say they were attacked by security dogs in Virginia prisons have filed civil rights lawsuits, arguing the use of canines amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A pair of state senators are calling for the creation of a Teachers Reserve Corps that would allow unpaid volunteers to fill in for teachers who can’t work in person due to COVID-19.—VPM

• Legislation to move all municipal elections from May to November is heading to the governor’s desk.—Roanoke Times

• Colonial Downs is pitching a hotel and casino-sized gambling facility in Prince William County on land currently used as a landfill.—Prince William Times

• State education officials are finalizing a set of comprehensive policies on how public schools should protect the rights of transgender students. The pending rules deal with pronouns, record-keeping and access to bathrooms and other facilities.—Daily News-Record

• “A Patrick County attorney announced Monday he was launching a primary challenge to Del. Charles Poindexter, a longtime member of Virginia’s House of Delegates.”—Roanoke Times

• Wedding venue owners say Virginia’s fluctuating rules on large gatherings have wreaked havoc on their industry.—Daily Press

• One of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, now retired and living in Northern Virginia, was nominated for the Medal of Honor due to his heroism in Vietnam. The Army “kept losing the paperwork,” but there are signs the recognition may finally go through this year.—New York Times

• Girl Scouts are finding ways to keep cookie sales rolling despite the pandemic.—Roanoke Times

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