Virginia’s mask mandate still in effect, Woodbridge Marine Corps officer charged in Capitol breach, a short-lived fuel shortage, and more headlines

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• While the CDC has largely lifted mask requirements for people who are fully vaccinated, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says it’s still reviewing the new guidance and Virginia’s mask mandate remains in effect.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• About 36 percent of Virginia residents are fully vaccinated. Health officials say 7 percent of residents got their first dose but are overdue for their second.—Virginian-Pilot

• An active-duty Marine Corps officer from Woodbridge has been charged in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol. Federal prosecutors say he pushed his way into the building and helped pull others inside.—Associated Press

• Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, is facing accusations of abusing special privileges afforded to lawyers who serve in the General Assembly to postpone cases. Norment blamed Democrats for holding long special legislative sessions.—WRIC

• VDOT is testing the massive steel gates used to keep storm surges out of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel in the event of a major hurricane.—Virginian-Pilot

• Gas shortages caused by panic buying following a pipeline shutdown are expected to be short lived. “Station pumps will be full of fuel in several days,” said a AAA spokesman. “This is an especially good update ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.”—Free Lance-Star

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