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Stoney wants state lawmakers to legalize marijuana

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney wants state lawmakers to legalize marijuana when they take up criminal justice reforms during a special legislative session scheduled next week. Marijuana was decriminalized in Virginia beginning last month, after the Democratic-controlled General Assembly stopped short of legalizing the drug earlier this year. In a letter sent to Gov. Ralph Northam a week before the Aug. 18 special session, Stoney said state lawmakers “need to take it a step further.”


Freitas stresses military service in first TV ads for 7th District congressional race

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, is putting his military service and family values at the forefront of his first television ads in his campaign for Virginia’s 7th District seat in Congress, a crucial race in Republicans’ effort to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Unofficial historical markers on Monument Avenue are removed by city officials

By ERIC KOLENICH, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

City officials on Tuesday removed two unofficial historical markers near the Robert E. Lee statue, as law enforcement continues to more actively enforce city ordinances near the site of protests on Monument Avenue. Around midday Tuesday, about a dozen police officers and city workers arrived in white pickup trucks, dislodged the signs from the ground and removed them, according to videos shared on social media.


Sen. Chase refused to wear mask at Harrisonburg restaurant

By KATE ANDREWS, Virginia Business

The owners of a Harrisonburg restaurant posted a message on Facebook saying that GOP gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase refused to wear a mask in their restaurant Sunday and threatened to sue them for enforcing the policy. “Chase came into our restaurant,” wrote Katharine Nye Pellerito, co-owner of Vito’s Italian Kitchen with her husband, Vito, as well as a second Harrisonburg eatery, Corgans’ Publick House. “She threatened to sue us and insulted us because of our mask requirement. . . ."

VaNews August 11, 2020

Supervisors to consider additional in-person absentee voting sites ahead of November election

By COY FERRELL, Fauquier Times

Fauquier County Supervisors on Thursday will hold a public hearing on whether to amend a county ordinance to allow for two additional polling places for in-person absentee voting ahead of the November general election. Supervisors will convene at 11 a.m. Thursday for a work session and at 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting and five public hearings.

VaNews August 11, 2020

Fauquier schools reverse course, will be 100% virtual this fall

By ROBIN EARL, Fauquier Times

When faced with data on projected student enrollment and teacher availability, the Fauquier County School Board was forced to acknowledge that schools cannot open Aug. 24 with a blended instructional model of virtual and in-person teaching, as planned. Fauquier County Superintendent of Schools David Jeck announced at Monday night's school board meeting that the school division will have to be 100% virtual for the first term. “I’m sorry to have to make this statement. I want our kids to be in school,” he said.

VaNews August 11, 2020

Newport News has $1.4 million available to assist residents who have lost income in the pandemic

By JOSH REYES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Newport News residents struggling financially in the pandemic can apply for assistance in a new program from the city’s Department of Human Services. The Supplemental Assistance Funding for Emergencies, or SAFE, program offers one-time assistance with various expenses, such as food, utility bills, child care, rent or mortgage, transportation and medication.

VaNews August 11, 2020

That stinky smell at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is an algae bloom

By STACY PARKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Something rotten is in the air at the Oceanfront, and the water has taken a brownish-red hue. Last week’s tropical storm brought an algae bloom to the resort area, possibly from Norfolk’s Lafayette River.

VaNews August 11, 2020

Richmond City Council approves aid program for businesses damaged during protests

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Businesses, nonprofits and commercial property owners who suffered damage during the recent civil unrest can seek aid through a new city grant program. The Richmond City Council on Monday approved the $500,000 initiative, called the businesses recovery grant program. It is aimed at local organizations and commercial property owners that incurred costly repairs arising from demonstrations against policing and systemic racism that began in late May.

VaNews August 11, 2020

Stafford supervisors will vote on diversity advisory coaltion Sept. 1

By JAMES SCOTT BARON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Stafford residents will soon have an opportunity to weigh in on a proposal to form a new county coalition that will be receptive to citizen concerns and complaints related to social injustice and discrimination. Amid protests sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the idea to form grassroots multicultural coalitions sprang up across the country, including Stafford.

VaNews August 11, 2020