NEWS TO KNOW
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• State Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, backed off a threat to withhold millions in Virginia funding for Metro if WMATA didn’t agree to put Capital One’s name on a station. “Obviously I was not seriously going to cut [Metro funding] by millions,” Howell told the paper.—Washington Post
• During a visit to VCU’s Massey Cancer Center Wednesday, first lady Jill Biden spotlighted efforts to reduce health disparities. ”I think that the communities of color, they trust you, and now, I think it’s important that they learn to trust the federal government again,” she said.—Associated Press
• A retirement community in Henrico that was among the first in the county to report a COVID-19 case celebrated full vaccinations of its residents with mimosas and chocolates.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A look at the life of Barbara Johns, whose advocacy for better school conditions in Prince Edward County morphed into the pivotal Brown v. Board of Education case and whose statue will now appear in the U.S. Capitol instead of one of Robert E. Lee.—VPM
• A measure heading to the governor would force Virginia Beach, Virginia’s largest city, to change how it holds elections for its governing body and school board amid concerns about representation of Black residents.—Virginian-Pilot
• High school football in February? “It’s just a strange feeling,” one coach said.—News & Advance
• “A Houston-based casino developer and an Alabama Indian tribe are the latest developers to jump into the widening sweepstakes to develop a casino resort in Richmond.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The legislature voted to restrict the use of facial-recognition by Virginia police departments.—Virginian-Pilot
• Virginia’s governor’s race is getting crowded, more so than “any other in modern history, perhaps ever.”—Washington Post
• Researchers at VCU are exploring smell and taste loss among COVID-19 patients.—Virginian-Pilot
• Pending certification, a sailor at Dahlgren Naval base is laying claim to having broken a Guinness World Record for swimming 5.35 miles in a YMCA pool in King George while handcuffed.—Free Lance-Star
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