NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• “Republicans spent every election of the Trump era hemorrhaging suburban voters. Next month’s Virginia elections will be a big, early test of whether they can stop the bleeding.”—Politico
• President Joe Biden will campaign with Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe next week. It will be their second appearance together during the campaign. Republican Glenn Youngkin has suggested he’s not interested in having former president Donald Trump come to the state on his behalf.—Washington Post
• Princess Blanding, a Black activist and educator who is making a third-party bid for governor, said she’s not worried about potentially siphoning votes away from Democrats in the tight race. “I’m their worst nightmare, but guess what? I’m my ancestors’ wildest dreams,” she said.—Associated Press
• “The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday rejected without comment a rehearing bid from the plaintiffs who opposed the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Nursing homes in Virginia are facing a dire staffing crisis, according to an industry survey of 199 long-term care facilities.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Jobless claims fell dramatically last week, with just under 2,000 people applying for unemployment benefits.—Virginia Business
• A Loudoun judge who jailed the alleged victim in a domestic violence trial as she was testifying said he is considering vacating the contempt charge. But during a hearing Thursday, he continued to defend his decision, prompting exasperated outcry among people who attended in an overflow courtroom. “Oh my God.”—Loudoun Times-Mirror
• Nearly all of Sentara Healthcare’s 29,000 employees met the company’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. The hospital chain is the largest in Virginia.—Virginian-Pilot
• Richmond public schools decided to close for a full week next month to give their staff a mental health break.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, says he’s joining the GOP nominating contest to challenge U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The Virginia Department of Elections, which recently launched an advertising campaign aimed at boosting confidence in state elections, apologized after its official Twitter account retweeted Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, calling Democrats “snowflakes” who “whine and cry.”—NBC12, Richmond Free Press
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