Virtual legislating during special session, Rappahannock COVID-19 cases traced to June church revival, 2,000 Danville residents face power shutoffs, and more headlines


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• Virtual legislating in the Virginia House of Delegates has given rise to several oddities, including one legislator participating in a floor session from a golf course where he was holding a fundraiser.—Washington Post

• ICE agents are using blue lights and unmarked cars to apprehend immigrants in what appear to be routine traffic stops, a tactic that’s “increasingly under scrutiny by critics who say the practice fractures relationships between local police and immigrant communities.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The University of Virginia Health System’s COVID-19 testing efforts are still being slowed by supply chain issues.—Daily Progress

• A legal adviser to Gov. Ralph Northam claims the inspector general’s office “went way beyond the bounds” of its mission by investigating the activities of the Virginia Parole Board.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors held an in-person meeting without wearing masks. That got them a reminder about the state’s social distancing rules, but a health official said government meetings are technically not covered by the governor’s executive orders.—Orange County Review

• Many coronavirus cases in rural Rappahannock County have been traced to a revival event a local church hosted in late June. Emails show that after the pastor died, church leaders wanted to hold a funeral with people who had tested positive sitting on one side and non-infected on the other.—Rappahanock News

• Almost 2,000 Danville households could have their utilities shut off when September arrives after the city-owned utility decided to resume disconnections for overdue bills.—Danville Register & Bee

• Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer wants the governor to roll back the additional restaurant restrictions in Hampton Roads before Labor Day weekend.—WAVY

• A state commission is set to make recommendations to revise Virginia’s education curriculum to “more broadly and accurately represent the experiences, perspectives and contributions of Black Virginians.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Officials with Loudoun County Public Schools, one of the last districts in the country to admit Black students, are planning to formally apologize for its role in segregation.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

• Loudoun is using two of its public libraries as day care facilities for county employees, angering library officials who say they weren’t consulted about the move.—WTOP

• Two construction workers were killed at the site of a future Amazon warehouse in Suffolk.—Virginian-Pilot

• 2020’s extreme weather has been bad news for some farmers. “Our corn is devastated,” said an agriculture official on the Eastern Shore.—Virginian-Pilot

• A dog that helps find missing dogs was honored with a billboard in Stephens City and a doghouse made out of a whiskey barrel.—Winchester Star

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