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Youngkin’s “Beloved” ad and more Virginia headlines

By: - October 26, 2021 8:08 am

NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• A fight over a 2016 bill dealing with sexually explicit school reading assignments has “suddenly become the hottest topic in the Virginia governor’s race” after Republican Glenn Youngkin released an ad featuring a mother who opposed Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved.”—Washington Post

• President Joe Biden will stump for Democrat Terry McAuliffe today in Northern Virginia.—POLITICO

• A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll shows the two major-party gubernatorial candidates in a dead heat, with Liberation Party candidate Princess Blanding earning almost 2 percent support, a margin that “could be critical in such a tight contest.”—USA Today

• Virginia has become a “crossroad of controversy” over whether military bases honoring Confederate leaders should be renamed.—Associated Press

• A Loudoun County judge found a teen guilty of sexually assaulting a classmate in a high school bathroom, an incident that sparked a political firestorm and renewed backlash against transgender-inclusive bathroom policies.—Washington Post

• A former spokesman for Liberty University has filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired for raising concerns about how the school has handled sexual assault allegations.—Associated Press

• The city of Martinsville is in the final stages of reverting to a town within Henry County, but uncertainty continues to hang over the process.—Martinsville Bulletin

• The Fredericksburg area’s regional planning group might reject a $2 million affordable housing grant from the state. One local official called it a waste of money. Another said it would distort the housing market.—Free Lance-Star

• The Chesterfield County school system is requiring employees to sign a form affirming any professional development training they take doesn’t include critical race theory.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The York County Board of Supervisors is considering a resolution that threatens to strip funding from its public schools if they teach “divisive” ideas.—Virginian-Pilot

• A candidate for the Arlington County Board told the Washington Post she was 52 but appears to be 72. When questioned, she said her privacy was being invaded and insisted she had “achieved the age of 52.”—Washington Post

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