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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The Virginia Senate passed its omnibus police reform legislation, which includes bans on chokeholds, no-knock warrants and acquisition of some military equipment. Now House and Senate lawmakers will begin working to reconcile the differences between their bills.—Washington Post• “Vice President...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• “Norfolk police — without telling city leaders or the public — started using a controversial facial recognition program late last year, one that could end people’s ability to anonymously walk around in public.”—Virginian-Pilot• House lawmakers amended legislation establishing the Marcus...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The first day of school was pretty weird and, in some districts, marked by tech glitches. “The only thing I can say about this school year with any certainty is that it will look unlike any other school year...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• As schools around Virginia reopen this week, students are preparing for the unknown. “It’s different, but you can’t change what’s happening. I’m still excited.”—Virginian-Pilot• Local school districts say they have plans to accommodate special education students, but parents say they’re...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Debate over police reform grew heated in the House of Delegates as GOP members criticized Democrats’ agenda as rushed and Democrats defended them as long overdue.—Associated Press• Virginia health officials say they’re developing plans to distribute millions of vaccines for...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is scrapping his planned gubernatorial run and says he will instead run again for Attorney General. His “entrance into the race raises the possibility that at least two-thirds of the Democratic statewide ticket in...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Gov. Ralph Northam said COVID-19 is “moderately contained” in Virginia but that he’s not planning to ease any restrictions on gatherings and business operations ahead of the holiday weekend. “I understand from a business perspective the importance of Labor...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• “Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday.”—Associated Press• Virginia Beach leaders are asking Gov. Ralph...
NEWS TO KNOWOur daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Virtual legislating in the Virginia House of Delegates has given rise to several oddities, including one legislator participating in a floor session from a golf course where he was holding a fundraiser.—Washington Post• ICE agents are using blue...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Del. Sam Rasoul, a Roanoke Democrat and the first Muslim to serve in the General Assembly, says he's considering a run for lieutenant governor next year. “2020 has thrown everything at us,” he said. “As we heal in 2021,...