Virginia reports 200,000th COVID infection, behind the scenes of VMI’s leadership shakeup, how four cities’ casino plans are going forward, and more headlines

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• Virginia reported its 200,000th COVID-19 infection Saturday.—Roanoke Times

• “A Norfolk hospital says it has treated seven children with a serious health condition linked to the coronavirus — more than half the number of cases recorded statewide — in the past four months.”—Virginian-Pilot

• At the University of Virginia Medical Center’s pediatric intensive care unit, an estimated 170 workers were exposed to COVID-19 but continue to work to avoid shutting down the unit.—Daily Progress

• Virginia Military Institute appointed a Black man to lead the school for the first time in its 181-year history. A push for change at the school had been building for months in behind-the-scenes meetings between the school and lawmakers, who threatened to go public with their concerns just before the outgoing superintendent, Gen. Binford Peay, resigned.—Washington PostRoanoke Times

• Elected officials and election officials are talking about ways to better report results from absentee ballots on election night after delayed reporting led to wild swings and, in some races, confusion about who won.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Terry McAuliffe is telling friends he’ll announce plans to again run for governor of Virginia in the coming weeks.”—Axios

• Del. Lee Carter, the state’s sole elected Democratic Socialist, said he is strongly considering a run for governor.—Blue Virginia

• Outgoing GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman, who has been floated as a potential gubernatorial candidate, suggested it’s unlikely he’ll pursue another run for office. “It’d have to be very special circumstances if I ever run for office again,” Riggleman said.—VPM

• A Fairfax judge rebuked county police and prosecutors for not disclosing exculpatory evidence in a murder case. Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano, who was elected last year amid promises to end “trial by ambush,” blamed his predecessor for the lapse.—Washington Post

• Of the four Virginia cities currently moving forward with casino projects, only Danville followed state auditors’ recommendations that they award the project to developers through a competitive bidding process.—Washington Post

• The pandemic has hit the wedding industry hard. But one venue in Chesterfield County, a family-owned backyard garden that schedules ceremonies on the hour, is thriving. “I was so energized after eight weddings, I could’ve done two or three more,” said the 87-year-old great grandmother turned wedding officiant.—Chesterfield Observer

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