Virginia hits weekend record of nearly 10,000 new COVID cases, Capitol Square locked down ahead of gun rally, National Guardsmen get cots, and more headlines

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• Virginia recorded nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, a new record health officials attributed to spread of the disease over the holidays.—InsideNOVA

• Capitol Square in downtown Richmond is locked down ahead of a planned pro-gun caravan today. Organizers say they have no idea how many people will show up, but some of the militia groups that attended last year’s rally have said they’re staying away in light of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.—Washington PostRichmond Times-Dispatch

• Federal authorities arrested a fishing charter captain from Virginia Beach they say entered the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot. Among other evidence, they cited a Facebook post from the day in which the man wrote, “Feelin cute…might start a revolution later, IDK – in Capitol Hill.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Protesters gathered outside of GOP Reps. Ben Cline and Morgan Griffith’s offices over the weekend, calling for the elected officials to be removed from office for their role in challenging the results of the presidential election.—Roanoke Times

• “Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) distanced himself on Friday from a staffer with history of extreme Twitter posts, including one that referred to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as ‘Hitler.’”—VPM

• A Virginia man arrested with a gun and ammunition trying to enter an inauguration security checkpoint near the U.S. Capitol was a private security contractor who had been working in the area. “It was an honest mistake,” he said.—Washington Post

• Attorney General Mark Herring authorized the Virginia State Police to investigate Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s handling of a contract to remove the city’s Confederate monuments, which went to a political supporter. The move prompted Herring’s primary opponent, Del. Jay Jones, to accuse Herring of abusing his power, noting Stoney had endorsed his campaign and not Herring’s, though Stoney’s own lawyer said politics did not appear to be a factor.—Richmond Times-DispatchWashington Post

• “For the first time in more than a century, Virginia didn’t honor generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson with a holiday.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Police arrested a Goochland man who displayed a “KILL BIDEN” sign in his front yard. When officers drove by to investigate reports, they say the man was standing in his yard with a Confederate flag waving at passing cars.—WWBT

• The National Guardsmen stationed at the U.S. Capitol and photographed resting on the building’s floors are getting cots, though officials maintain they’re unnecessary. “Most everyone’s opinion is that we honestly don’t need them. This is one of the nicest napping spots most of us have ever had in uniform.”—Politico

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