Virginia State troopers defend U.S. Capitol, Griffith sparks confrontation on House floor, Amazon invests in Arlington’s affordable housing, and more headlines

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• Video showed Virginia State Police troopers and Arlington County police in riot gear defending the U.S. Capitol.—ARLnow

• After lawmakers resumed their work, there was a brief confrontation on the House floor when Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, objected to a Democratic congressman’s condemnation of GOP lawmakers who lied about election results.—CBS News

• Back in Richmond, authorities erected more barriers and fencing around Capitol Square.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Statewide, nearly 3,000 Virginians were in hospitals with COVID on Wednesday as every region reports its highest numbers yet, figures that continue to increase daily.”—Roanoke Times

• Health officials released an outline detailing who is next in line for COVID-19 vaccines.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Five prisoners at Augusta Correctional Center died amid an outbreak of COVID-19, bringing the total count of deaths in Virginia’s prison system to 47 inmates and two staffers.—News Leader

• Amazon said Arlington will be one of three localities it will invest $2 billion to create and preserve affordable housing.—Wall Street Journal

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