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Kings Dominion not reopening this year

By GREGORY J. GILLIGAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Kings Dominion won’t be open this year. The theme park in northern Hanover County said late Tuesday that it will remain closed for the rest of 2020 because of the challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic.

VaNews August 5, 2020

Housing contractor, senator disagree over what prompted $50M Fort Lee project

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 10 articles a month)

A long-awaited upgrade to on-post military housing is set to begin this month, but the management firm overseeing it says pressure from Capitol Hill, specifically Virginia Sen. Mark R. Warner, had nothing to do with its timing. The senator says he is not buying that.

VaNews August 5, 2020

From VPAP Maps, Timeline of COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Public Access Project

Our COVID-19 dashboard makes it easy to track the latest available data for tests performed, infections, deaths and hospital capacity. There's a filter for each city and county, plus an exclusive per-capita ZIP Code map. Updated each morning around 10:30 a.m.

VaNews August 5, 2020

Virginia waives school accreditation for second school year

By MATT JONES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The closure of schools this past spring because of the pandemic means that Virginia schools will keep their same accreditation until at least 2022. State Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane waived the process for the 2021-2022 academic year on Tuesday, citing the lack of standardized tests from the spring that would’ve been part of the ratings.

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Mountain Valley, DEQ reach agreement on environmental fines

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The latest problems with muddy runoff streaming from construction sites along the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route through Southwest Virginia have been resolved, with the company paying $58,000 in fines. The agreement, reached after several months of negotiations with the Department of Environmental Quality, marks the troubled pipeline’s latest penalty for violating erosion and sediment control regulations.

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Radford bans gatherings of more than 50 as college students return

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

Radford City Council on Tuesday banned gatherings of more than 50 people through August in anticipation of a spike of COVID-19 cases as Radford University students return to campus. The emergency ordinance that council members adopted at a special meeting comes as thousands of students are moving into the city, which has seen COVID-19 cases increase from 11 to 34 in the last 30 days.

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UVa delays start of classes by two weeks

By KATHERINE KNOTT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The University of Virginia is pushing back the start of in-person classes to Sept. 8 and delaying move-in day for undergraduates following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state and nation. UVa leaders announced the change Tuesday in an email that also cited supply chain disruptions that have affected the availability of testing materials. The decision comes after elected officials and community members have criticized the decision to bring students back.

VaNews August 5, 2020

Supreme Court of Virginia is silent on Northam’s request to renew eviction moratorium

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

Gov. Ralph Northam wrote to Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Don Lemons at the end of last month asking that he renew a moratorium on evictions that expired at the end of June. A little over a week later, Northam’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, says the governor hasn’t received a response.

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Tens of thousands still without power in Hampton Roads after Tropical Storm Isaias rips through region

By JOSH REYES AND MOSS BRENNAN, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Tropical Storm Isaias pummeled Hampton Roads on Tuesday morning with heavy winds and rain — officials and meteorologists believe tornadoes affected the region as well. More than 122,000 Dominion Energy customers in Hampton Roads were without power as of 9:30 p.m. At times Tuesday, the total outages in the area neared 300,000. Dominion crews have begun making repairs and clearing fallen trees.

VaNews August 5, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias hit eastern Virginia hardest during brief but destructive journey

By JOHN BOYER AND ALI SULLIVAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

Tropical Storm Isaias hit the eastern third of Virginia hardest on Tuesday morning during its brief but destructive journey up the Eastern Seaboard. Several hours of torrential rain flooded dozens of roads, while winds gusting past 45 mph downed trees and put hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.

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