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COVID-19 in Virginia


Winchester School Board approves more in-person learning for its youngest students

By ANNA MEROD, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Prekindergarten through first-grade students in Winchester Public Schools will be able to attend in-person classes four days a week instead of two starting Nov. 16. The city School Board unanimously approved the change Monday night. “I do believe this is the right decision,” Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum said about expanding in-person learning for the youngest students in the division’s four elementary schools.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Roanoke schools prepare to welcome back elementary students in-person, 2 days a week

By CLAIRE MITZEL, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Three Roanoke schools are currently closed for two weeks, but the city school division still plans to have elementary students return to the classroom next week. Superintendent Verletta White and her staff provided a reopening update to the school board on Tuesday, which included information about the students who will return two days per week.

VaNews October 28, 2020

On anonymous chat app, VMI cadets attack Black students, women as furor over racism grows

By IAN SHAPIRA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The cadets were angry, venting on an anonymous chat app widely used at the Virginia Military Institute. The target of their rage: Black cadets and alumni who publicly detailed in a Washington Post story the relentless racism they had encountered at the nation’s oldest state-supported military college.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Maggie Walker network releases data after surveying Black students, alumni and parents

By KENYA HUNTER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Black alumni demanding racial change at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School have released the findings of a June survey that asked Black students, alumni, and even students’ parents about their experiences with racism. A total of 76 respondents to the survey conducted by the Maggie Walker Black Alumni Network overwhelmingly said while they felt confident in the rigorous education they received from the school, they recall a traumatizing experience filled with microaggressions, a lack of support from administration and teachers, and isolation from being one of the few Black students there.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Virginia Tech, Radford University gain millions in coronavirus aid

By HENRI GENDREAU, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Tech and Radford University are among schools receiving millions of dollars more in coronavirus aid money. Virginia will dole out more than $116 million in federal funds to colleges and universities to help cover costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Superintendent’s swift ouster complicates VMI investigation

Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam said he lost confidence Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, the superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute. On Monday, the general lost his post. A situation that called for thorough investigation and careful deliberation instead received neither, which reflects poorly on the commonwealth.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Warner, Wexton Discuss Federal Relief Options with Industry Leaders


More than a dozen of Loudoun’s hospitality and tourism industry business leaders gathered at Lansdowne Resort this morning to voice concerns about their finances amid the COVID-19 pandemic and to hear about the help Virginia’s federal legislators are proposing. U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) led a discussion that emphasized the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive, or RESTAURANTS, Act, which Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced in June and Warner cosponsors.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Fairfax woman charged with vandalizing Leesburg sidewalk last month

By STAFF REPORT, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A woman has received one misdemeanor count of destruction of property after a Leesburg sidewalk was vandalized last month, according to the Leesburg Police Department. Local law enforcement served Jessie Patton, 29, of Fairfax, with a warrant Sunday, after which she was reportedly released on her signature promising to appear in court.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Danville Utilities completes 14MW solar project

By SYDNEY LAKE, Va Business Magazine

Danville Utilities, in partnership with Edison, New Jersey-based CS Energy LLC, Hingham, Massachusetts-based Navisun LLC and Denver-based TurningPoint Energy, announced Tuesday it has completed a 14-megawatt utility-scale solar project in Danville — the city’s largest solar development to date.

VaNews October 28, 2020

Regal movie theater at Virginia Beach Town Center to close permanently

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

After the Regal movie theater chain announced this month that it would stop showing movies indefinitely amid the pandemic, at least one location in Hampton Roads is set to close permanently. Armada Hoffler announced Monday that it had terminated the lease of the Regal Columbus Movies 12 at 104 Constitution Drive, across from the developer’s Virginia Beach Town Center. The lease had fallen into default.

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