Virus decline ending; ‘Let them die’; Unionization in Arlington and more headlines
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• Researchers say a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases this summer has ended as the aggressive delta variant spreads in Virginia.—Virginian-Pilot
• Gov. Ralph Northam wants to use $700 million in federal coronavirus aid to expand rural broadband infrastructure, which he says would allow the state to connect every household to high speed internet by 2024.—Associated Press
• “A high-ranking official with the Virginia Parent Teacher Association has resigned after she was filmed at a rally saying ‘Let them die,’ seemingly in reference to parents gathered at a counter-rally to oppose critical race theory.”—Washington Post
• Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, down from 8.8 percent a year ago.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Residents of a historic Black neighborhood in Prince William County are grappling with how much new development to allow in the area, “pitting those who want to preserve a legacy of the Reconstruction era against officials pushing for more affordable housing in the steadily growing county.”—Washington Post
• “Democrat Terry McAuliffe significantly outraised Republican Glenn Youngkin in the most recent campaign-finance reports, with McAuliffe also holding a significant lead in cash on hand.”—Associated Press
• A massive solar installation went online in Spotsylvania County. It will be the largest facility east of the Rockies.—Free Lance-Star
• The Arlington County Board of Supervisors voted to allow its employees to unionize, the second local government in the state to take the step.—Washington Post
• Arlington County will rename Lee Highway to Langston Boulevard, trading a name honoring a Confederate general for one honoring a local abolitionist. “We think it’s only fair that a man who was an abolitionist who fought for equality be recognized with this honor.”—WTOP
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