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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Death rates in Virginia went up last year, and not just because of COVID-19 infections. Researchers attribute the increase to loneliness, isolation and possibly less robust medical care. Among younger people, deaths rose because of drug overdoses, gun violence...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Virginia health officials say they’ve detected their first cases of two highly contagious variants of the coronavirus that first emerged in California. It’s the fourth highly transmissible variant of the virus found here.—Richmond Times Dispatch• Gov. Ralph Northam says he...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Police in Virginia Beach released their final report on a 2019 mass shooting at a municipal building. City leaders told family members of the victims that, “unfortunately, no evidence was found that shed light on the shooter’s motivations. We...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Republicans easily held onto a Southwest Virginia state Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, from COVID-19. The winner of Tuesday’s special election, Travis Hackworth, has served two terms as a member of the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• “One in four Virginians has received at least one dose protecting against severe coronavirus infections, offering a turnaround in what was once a sputtering rollout.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch• Despite national surveys showing rural Republicans are among the most reluctant to receive the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Virginia Commonwealth University’s men’s basketball team was booted from the NCAA tournament about three hours before tipoff over multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the team. The University of Virginia men’s team lost in the first round in an upset...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• You wouldn't guess the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which had local sheriffs pull inmates out of its custody because of deteriorating conditions, is beset by numerous crises based on a recent meeting of the governing board. "There were...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in western Virginia continue to fall.—WVTF• Some are trying to draw parallels between the crisis facing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Ralph Northam's blackface scandal, though Northam supporters don't see the comparison.—Associated Press•...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Four major vaccination centers are opening across Virginia: Danville, Portsmouth, South Chesterfield near Petersburg and Prince William, chosen via an "equity analysis" from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management because of high COVID-19 rates.—Richmond Times-Dispatch• “I think that if...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.•  A former Old Dominion University student was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for his role in a White supremacists' swatting conspiracy that targeted a Black church, his own university and a cabinet officer, among others.—Associated Press• Those...