Virginian militia member charged with conspiracy in Capitol attack, coalition forms to oppose marijuana legalization, ODU professor’s song to be played at inauguration today, and more headlines

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• A Virginia man is one of three self-styled militia members facing conspiracy charges in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Authorities allege the group talked about hunting for lawmakers as they coordinated throughout the assault.—CNN

• A middle school music teacher in Prince William County was placed on leave after telling his students he was present at the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.—Prince William Times

• “The director of the Roanoke City-Alleghany Health District called the limited COVID-19 vaccine capacity ‘heartbreaking.’” She said an increase in supply isn’t expected until late March.—WVTF

• The Virginia Department of Corrections settled a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of a mentally ill inmate the organization alleged was held in solitary confinement for more than 12 years. The state agreed to pay the man $115,000.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely after their criminal sentences if they are deemed ‘sexually violent predators.’”—Associated Press

• Legislation that would institute a hard ban on guns in and around Capitol Square in Richmond is advancing in the House.—VPM

• A coalition of law enforcement and drug-use prevention groups formed to oppose marijuana legalization in Virginia.—Daily Press

• A federal judge ordered a neo-Nazi group based in Ohio to pay $10,000 in damages for its role in organizing the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in a fatal car attack.—Daily Progress

• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a rare rebuke to the developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, refusing a request that would speed up construction and allow it to bore under streams and wetlands in West Virginia.—Roanoke Times

• An Old Dominion University professor’s orchestral composition, “Fanfare on Amazing Grace,” will be played by the U.S. Marine Band at Biden’s inauguration today. The selection “marks just the second time that music by a contemporary African American composer has been chosen to be performed at a presidential inauguration.”—Virginian-Pilot

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