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Virginia Mercury

Air Force helicopter struck by ground fire, Charlottesville marks third anniversary of Unite the Right, Dennis Quaid adopts cat named…Dennis Quaid, and more headlines

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A U.S. Air Force helicopter was struck by ground fire while flying over Northern Virginia, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Manassas Regional Airport. The FBI is investigating. — McClatchy• Demonstrators held a peaceful event in Charlottesville to mark the third anniversary of the Unite the Right rally. Activist Don Gathers said people should keep showing up to "shout down racism and hatred and all of its evil forms." — Daily Progress• A Halifax Town Council member says he won't step down after being roundly criticized as racist for...

Policymakers mull magnet school admissions, judge tells ICE to stop sending detainees to Farmville, Shenandoah parents try to block school renamings, and more headlines

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.•  Three years after the Unite the Right car attack, some survivors are still struggling with physical and emotional trauma, unable to resume the lives they thought they were going to lead.—Daily Progress• Policymakers are considering changing admissions policies to boost Black and Hispanic enrollment at Virginia's elite magnet schools.—Associated Press• Richmond's John Marshall Courthouse will be closed today after having multiple windows smashed overnight.—NBC12•  Virginia's newly launched COVID-19 tracking app has been downloaded 292,000 times since last Wednesday, according to state officials.—Bristol Herald Courier• A federal judge ordered...
Virginia Mercury

CDC scientists arrive at Farmville, Liberty names new acting president, ABC website crashes after cyber sale, and more headlines

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Scientists from the CDC arrived at an immigrant detention center in Farmville, where one detainee died last week, to begin assessing its COVID-19 outbreak. — Washington Post• Liberty University named Rev. Jerry Prevo, the chairman of the school's Board of Trustees, as its acting president following the announcement that Jerry Falwell Jr. is going on indefinite leave. — News & Advance• A self-declared KKK leader from Hanover County was sentenced to six years in jail for driving through a Black Lives Matter protest in early June.  The judge did not agree...

Will Virginia sign on to Trump’s plan to boost unemployment benefits by $400?

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted.State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to contribute to receive federal funding. With states already facing budget shortfalls and unemployment systems ill-equipped to handle a new stream of federal cash, they also may be hesitant to accept benefits estimated by budget experts to last just weeks.The multiple questions added urgency to calls...

Falwell takes indefinite leave of absence from Liberty, Hampton Roads officials tracking COVID-19 through wastewater, a stellar year for peaches, and more headlines

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is taking an "indefinite leave of absence" from his duties as head of the Christian school after posting a racy photo of himself with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman who was not his wife.—News & Advance, New York Times, Washington Post • Fifth District Republican congressional hopeful Bob Good, a former associate athletics director at Liberty, declined an invitation to debate Democratic opponent Cameron Webb, a doctor.—Daily Progress• Health officials in Hampton Roads have started analyzing wastewater to track the prevalence of...

One-day surge in reported COVID-19 cases attributed to data backlog

A surge of new COVID-19 cases on Virginia’s daily dashboard was attributed to a data backlog earlier this week.The Virginia Department of Health registered 2,015 new cases on Friday — a significant increase from the state’s typical numbers, which have largely hovered between 900 and 1,300 daily reported infections since the beginning of August. VDH spokeswoman Maria Reppas said the error originated with the department’s “system-managed flow” of data, which queues pending cases before reporting them publicly.“The process to clear this queue ran three times a day,” she wrote in an email on Friday. “However, since the volume of...

Divided Virginia Supreme Court renews eviction moratorium

A divided Virginia Supreme Court renewed an eviction moratorium sought by Gov. Ralph Northam, with a four-justice majority issuing an order Friday barring courts from issuing writs of eviction for non-payment of rent until Sept. 7.The majority wrote that the coronavirus pandemic continues to qualify as a disaster under state code that allows the court to issue emergency judicial order.https://twitter.com/GovernorVA/status/1291764879360176137“The ease with which the COVID-19 virus can spread, the risks associated with traveling to and appearing in the courthouse for those acting pro se with certain health conditions that disproportionately afflict the economically disadvantaged, and the inability of many...

Virginia senators again push for pipeline review reforms

Virginia's Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are again proposing reforms to the federal pipeline review process in response to public complaints surrounding the now-cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the still active Mountain Valley Pipeline through Virginia. Legislation put forward by the senators intends “to strengthen the public’s ability to evaluate the impacts of natural gas pipelines being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission” and “make it easier for the public to offer input and clarify the circumstances under which eminent domain should and should not be used,” a joint statement from Warner and Kaine said. Several of the...
Virginia Mercury

Justice Department demands changes at Hampton Roads jail, new decision on Parole Board report, Falwell apologizes for Instagram post, and more headlines

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The U.S. Justice Department is demanding sweeping changes at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, where at least 22 people have died in custody since 2015. The department filed a consent decree in federal court that, if approved, will require the facility to increase staffing, provide better medical and mental care and stop using solitary confinement as an alternative to medical treatment. — The Virginian-Pilot• Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says the state inspector general will reverse course and give lawmakers an unredacted copy of a report that substantiated allegations the Virginia Parole Board...

Virginia launches COVID-19 exposure notification app

Virginia health officials launched a smartphone app Wednesday that alerts users if they were in close contact with other app users who later test positive for COVID-19.Called COVIDWISE, the software's release makes Virginia the first state to begin using a technology platform created by Google and Apple with the aim of letting users know if they were potentially exposed while maintaining privacy.The software does not track or store personal or location data and only uses Bluetooth to log when app users are close together, according to developers. If an app user later tests positive, VDH confirms the results and...