Virginia Supreme Court renews judicial emergency for 11th time, Deerfield Correctional deaths rising, fact-checking Trump’s Newport News rally, and more headlines

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• “Fredericksburg-area officials who accompanied Virginia first lady Pamela Northam during her tour of education sites in the area last week have tested negative for COVID-19, although there have been positive cases in the wake of her visit.”—Free Lance-Star

• “Across every school division in Virginia, learning looks different this year. Approximately 52% of the state’s 132 divisions are fully remote. Another 8% are offering at least four days of in-person instruction to all students. The rest offer some combination of in-person and remote instruction.”—Roanoke Times

• Local courthouses will continue to operate with modified dockets through at least Nov. 1 after the Supreme Court of Virginia renewed the statewide judicial emergency for an 11th time.—Roanoke Times

• Portsmouth is one of the first local governments in the state to vote to allow its public employees to collectively bargain under a new state law that went into effect in July.—Virginian-Pilot

• NAACP leaders in Portsmouth say a racist double standard is at work after a Black council member was criminally charged with violating the city charter for allegedly giving a direct order to a subordinate but local magistrates have now refused twice to bring charges under the same statute against two white City Council members.—Virginian-Pilot

• “A 176-year-old stone block that was used for slave auctions in Virginia will go on display at the Fredericksburg Area Museum, with signs explaining the context of recent protests against racial injustice that left it covered in graffiti.”—Associated Press

• The number of inmates who died of COVID-19 at the state’s Deerfield Correctional Facility more than doubled this month, rising from six on Sept. 12 to 17 as of Monday. The facility holds elderly and medically vulnerable prisoners.—WRIC

• Registrars in the Richmond area said 400 voters received two absentee ballots in the mail. They blamed the late legal dispute surrounding Kanye West’s candidacy and a resulting rush to print and mail ballots. In Charlottesville, some voters had the opposite problem, reporting the absentee materials they were mailed contained no ballots.—Richmond Times-DispatchDaily Progress

• PolitiFact Virginia checked 10 claims Trump made at his rally in Newport News on Friday. Many were false. Some required clarification.—VPM

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