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Court's closed? No problem, listen by phone

By JEFF STURGEON, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The day a Roanoke pharmacist admitted to a federal judge to taking drugs from a patient supply cabinet, the courtroom was empty. But events unfolding in the halls of justice were audible over a public phone line. The voices of the judge, attorneys and defendant, meeting this week in the case of the U.S. vs. Bryan Wade Lewis, were broadcast by phone.

VaNews October 1, 2020


AHLA: Va. stands to lose 86K+ hotel jobs without federal support

By SYDNEY LAKE, Va Business Magazine

Virginia stands to lose 86,821 hotel-related jobs if Congress doesn’t extend Paycheck Protection Program loans or expand the Main Street Lending program, according to projections released Wednesday by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) — and the state may lose all but about 500 hotels to foreclosure. Pre-pandemic, Virginia was home to 1,532 hotels, but 751 were foreclosed by September.

VaNews October 1, 2020


Charlottesville and Albemarle dish out bonuses up to $1,250 for work during pandemic

By NOLAN STOUT AND ALLISON WRABEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Charlottesville employees will receive a bonus for working during the pandemic, mirroring a similar benefit given to Albemarle County staff in the summer. City employees were notified on Monday that they would receive between $250 and $1,250 based on a variety of factors. The money was deposited on Wednesday. Albemarle’s “Pandemic Risk Recognition” program went to about 50% of county government employees in the July payroll.

VaNews October 1, 2020


Pittsylvania County residents take advantage of early voting at ag complex

By JOHN CRANE, Danville Register & Bee

Ringgold residents Steven and Patricia Moser voted early and in person Wednesday at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex to avoid the Election Day rush. The closer it gets to Election Day, the larger the volume of voters will turn out at the polls, Steven said.

VaNews October 1, 2020


Schapiro: A distraction Virginia Democrats don't need

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

There were Virginia-specific moments in that “Gong Show” of a presidential debate Tuesday night tied to the seemingly endless legislative session that could become a perilous distraction for Democrats in three Trump-carried congressional districts. Former Vice President Joe Biden, whom fresh polling shows leading in Virginia, said deadly, white supremacist violence in Charlottesville in 2017 was the tipping point in his decision to seek the Democratic nomination. He referred to a nighttime march at the University of Virginia by torch-carrying bigots shouting anti-Semitic slogans.

VaNews October 1, 2020


Falling Enrollment Could Impact Loudoun School Budget

Loudoun Now

Loudoun won’t be one of the fastest growing school systems this year. In fact, it looks like enrollment will decline for the first time in decades. According to preliminary tallies presented to the School Board last week, only 81,660 students had enrolled as of Sept. 21. That’s nearly 5% below the projections of 85,755. More significantly, that is 2,515 fewer students than were enrolled last September.

VaNews October 1, 2020


40 residents at Virginia Beach nursing home test positive for COVID-19

By ALLISON BAZZLE, WUSA

Dozens of residents and nearly 20 employees at a Virginia Beach nursing home recently tested positive for COVID-19. 13News Now talked with a man whose family member is a resident at the center. He shared emails updates with us from the center's administrator about the outbreak. The facility is Sentara's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center off Rosemont Road.

VaNews October 1, 2020


As local school divisions begin second month of classes, some see increase in COVID-19 cases

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

Several school divisions in the Roanoke and New River valleys have reported an uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, while others have reported no or few new cases. School leaders say they continue to monitor case numbers. Roanoke County schools have reported more than 20 cases since classes began Aug. 24, with 16 cases reported within the last two weeks. The division has one of the largest enrollments in the region.

VaNews October 1, 2020


Census Count Wraps Up in Loudoun; County Ranked 3rd in State Self-Response Rates

By PATRICK SZABO, Loudoun Now

As of today, U.S. Census enumerators plan to wrap up their door-to-door rounds in Loudoun. But those workers braved the heat this summer to collect only a fraction of the data Loudouners provided on their own. The 2020 Census, as of Sept. 29, is reporting that 98% of American households in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico have been tallied.

VaNews October 1, 2020


New school metrics: Danville, nearby areas at high risk for COVID-19 transmission

By PARKER COTTON, Danville Register & Bee

Schools in Danville and Pittsylvania County are possible high-risk COVID-19 transmission locations, according to metrics released this week by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schools in neighboring Martinsville and Henry County also are in that classification.

VaNews October 1, 2020