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Washington NFL team faces sexual harassment accusations, Va. judge tests positive for COVID, CAA cancels fall football, and more headlines

By: - July 17, 2020 8:07 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Numerous women, airing what they said was endemic sexual harassment in the upper management of the Washington NFL franchise, said the team’s summer training camp in Richmond was “a hotbed of improper activity.” — The Washington Post

• UVA announced all students will have to prove they tested negative for COVID-19 before returning to Grounds in the fall. International students will also have to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the country. — Daily Progress

• A Roanoke-area judge announced she tested positive for COVID-19 and was working at the courthouse on the day she started having symptoms. Her husband is GOP U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, who also tested positive. — Roanoke Times

• Inspection reports revealed major deficiencies at Virginia nursing homes beset by COVID-19 outbreaks: “Common mistakes at Virginia facilities included staffers failing to wear masks or wash their hands and allowing residents who had tested positive for the coronavirus to mix with those who had not.” — Washington Post

• Forty-three Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the Virginia Employment Commission asking the agency to do a better job of helping people who are out of work. — Daily Press

• A Portsmouth sailor is facing charges for allegedly giving classified information to a Russian national. — The Virginian-Pilot

• Dominion Energy says it will put up $35 million to support historically black colleges and universities. — Washington Post

• One of two lawsuits seeking to block the removal of Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue was abruptly dropped before a hearing. The judge presiding over the case also recused himself because he lives near Monument Avenue. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Albemarle County “suspended” its open-government responsibilities under the state’s FOIA law as part of its response to the pandemic, a move that alarmed transparency watchdogs. — Charlottesville Tomorrow

• Queen of Virginia, a company that makes slots-like gambling machines and puts them in bars and convenience stores, has dropped its lawsuit against a Charlottesville prosecutor who said its games were illegal. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The CAA has called off its football season, which will probably mean no games for the University of Richmond and William & Mary. James Madison University is trying to put together an independent schedule. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Warren County Board of Supervisors spent more than an hour discussing a “love” sign being built at an intersection. The signs are a “bit of a fad,” one member said. — Northern Virginia Daily

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]