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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Gov. Ralph Northam proposed spending $145 million to offer “free tuition and other financial support to low- and moderate-income community college students who are willing to give back in terms of work, public service or community service.” The plan...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• “The Virginia Beach SWAT team showed up Wednesday morning to Building 2 to train with at least one K-9 on the abandoned floors where a mass shooting took place earlier this year. The appearance of officers in tactical gear...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts unveiled “Rumors of War,” artist Kehinde Wiley’s 27-foot-tall response to the city’s Confederate statues. It depicts a young black man with dreadlocks astride a muscular horse. “People in Richmond will recognize its...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Former Virginia Beach congressman Scott Taylor is dropping his plan to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Mark Warner and will instead challenge U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria for his old seat, according to two sources “familiar with Taylor’s...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Republican activists gathered at the Homestead in Bath County for their annual pre-session gathering, the Republican Advance. “We’re at rock bottom,” said Matt Colt Hall, a Southwest Virginia native and political commentator for the conservative blog Bearing Drift....
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Guards at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn strip-searched an 8-year-old girl, who "was led to believe refusal would result in not being allowed to see her father." A Department of Corrections spokeswoman called it “deeply troubling" and "a breach in...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Gov. Ralph Northam announced the state would stop pursuing a work requirement for Medicaid enrollees, citing decisive Democratic victories last month. The provision was a key component of the compromise that led some Republicans to support expansion two years...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A Roanoke College poll found broad support for many Democratic priorities during the coming General Assembly session, with a majority of respondents saying they favored universal background checks for firearms purchases, red flag laws, a ban on assault weapons,...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The man who shot and killed 12 people in a municipal building in Virginia Beach earlier this year was isolated, paranoid and facing minor problems at work. Reporters couldn’t find a single person who considered him a friend or...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• As rural county boards around the state pass symbolic “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolutions, some local sheriffs and commonwealth’s attorneys are going further, saying they’ll refuse to enforce any gun legislation they consider unconstitutional. “If I believe a law infringes...