Virginia won’t gain or lose congressional seats, new accommodations for GOP convention, public barred from Newport News bond hearing, and more headlines

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• Virginia won’t lose or gain any congressional seats after new U.S. Census data showed the state’s population grew by 630,000 people over the last decade.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Reversing an earlier decision, the Virginia GOP will make early voting accommodations for Orthodox Jews and others with religious obligations ahead of its May 8 convention.—Washington Post

• Republican organizers also updated their convention plan for counting ballots, opting for a hand count after several candidates criticized a plan to use software to tabulate the results.—VPM

• Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia’s public colleges have legal authority to require most students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The family of a man shot by a Spotsylvania County sheriff’s deputy while holding a cordless phone wants more dispatcher audio released. “This was clearly a failure of communication between dispatch and the officers.”—Free Lance-Star

• A Christian crowdfunding site has raised more than $43,000 in support of the Norfolk police lieutenant who was fired for donating to a legal defense fund for accused vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse.—Virginian-Pilot

• A judge barred the media and the public from attending an upcoming bond hearing for a Newport News police officer facing a second-degree murder charge in connection to a fatal shooting in 2019.—Daily Press

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