Younger people make up majority of new COVID cases in Hampton Roads, arguments scheduled for Lee statue injunction, school reopening debates get heated, and more headlines

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• Younger people make up the majority of new COVID-19 cases in Hampton Roads. Public health officials worry that if the trend continues, it will eventually lead to a spike in “hospitalizations and deaths among older and more at-risk Virginians as younger people visit their parents, grandparents and other vulnerable people.” — The Virginian-Pilot

• A judge will hear arguments today over an injunction that’s blocking Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a massive statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond. — Associated Press

• The debate over school reopening plans is getting heated in some localities, with protests in Hanover and shouting parents at a school board meeting in Staunton. — Richmond Times-Dispatch; News Leader

• “Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said the tactics used by federal agents against protestors in Portland are reminiscent of the Honduran dictatorship he briefly lived under as a Jesuit volunteer in 1980.” — VPM

• A water outage at Virginia’s only privately run state prison is drawing concerns about sanitation amid the pandemic. “My husband has never been given any sanitization products since the beginning of the pandemic and his one mask has been falling apart for months,” said one inmate’s wife. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Advocates continue to press Northam to use his executive authority to reinstitute a statewide moratorium on evictions. — Associated Press

• “Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins is advancing his vow from last year to swear in scores of auxiliary deputies to protect their gun rights in the face of potential new gun restrictions pending at the state level.” — Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Scientists studying how COVID-19 is affecting lives and livelihoods in Virginia want to know: How are you feeling? — The Roanoke Times

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