NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Beekeepers are divided over a state lottery that aims to boost pollinator population by giving away free hives, with some worrying that giving the equipment to inexperienced keepers doesn’t do much good. “If you’re going to get bees and let them die off, what’s that do [for the environment]?”—Modern Farmer
• Southwest Virginia would lose a seat in the House of Delegates under draft maps presented to the Virginia Redistricting Commission.—Bristol Herald Courier
• Police charged a 15-year-old student with a shooting at a Newport News high school Monday that left two students injured.—Daily Press
• Leaders in Pittsylvania County agreed to spend $16.5 million to connect nearly every home in the county to high-speed internet.—Danville Register & Bee
• Richmond’s bus system could face dramatic cuts this winter because of a staffing shortage.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Virginia Beach man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his ex-wife was released from jail after prosecutors withdrew charges against him. Authorities said they had no choice after the alleged hitman withdrew a plea deal following the abolition of the death penalty.—Virginian-Pilot
• A judge in Suffolk ruled the school board violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act when it refused to allow a member of the public to sit in on a board retreat this summer and instead directed the public to a live stream of the proceedings.—Suffolk News-Herald
• A Winchester judge dismissed a lawsuit against the local hospital filed by three nurses who lost their jobs after refusing to comply with a vaccine mandate.—Winchester Star
• A nonprofit created to support city parks in Richmond apologized for creating a promotional video “that spliced graphic images of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with recent volunteer activities at two historic African American cemeteries.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Henrico man got hundreds of calls to his home phone from confused voters in neighboring Chesterfield County after the local registrar printed the wrong number on absentee voting instructions.—WRIC
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