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Most Read Articles July 3, 2020


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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 10:00 am.


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Regulators approve Dominion’s green energy plan but cut a mostly coal-fired plant from its portfolio

By SARAH VOGELSONG, Virginia Mercury

State regulators on Thursday approved a proposal by Dominion Energy to sell customers exclusively renewable energy, a move that will largely trigger the closure of Virginia’s small renewable electricity market. Despite sharp criticism from environmental and renewable energy groups as well as large companies like Walmart, the green tariff proposal, known as Rider TRG, was found by the State Corporation Commission to be “just and reasonable and in the public interest.”


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Judge who issued Lee Monument injunction removes himself from the case

By MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, Richmond BizSense

Another Richmond Circuit Court judge has been removed from one of the two lawsuits seeking to stop the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue – and this time it’s the judge who lives in the neighborhood. Judge Bradley Cavedo on Wednesday recused himself from a deed dispute filed last month by William C. Gregory, who claims to be a descendant of the family that sold the land on which the Lee Monument sits to the state in the late 1800s.


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Virginia Beach encourages residents to be safe after the number of young adult COVID-19 patients spikes

By SALEEN MARTIN, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

More people below the age of 30 are contracting COVID-19, according to the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. And health officials hoped Thursday that highlighting that fact might lead more young people to take social distancing seriously. “We all have to take responsibility for the protection of ourselves and others,” said Dr. Demetria Lindsay, health director for Norfolk and Virginia Beach.


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FedEx calls on Redskins to change name following investors’ demands on sponsors

By LIZ CLARKE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

FedEx on Thursday became the first major corporate backer of the Washington Redskins to call on the team to change its name, the most significant development yet amid mounting financial and political pressure on team owner Daniel Snyder in the long-running controversy. In a one-sentence statement issued Thursday afternoon, Memphis-based FedEx said, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.”


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Virginia could require teachers to be certified in African American history

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Amid calls for racial justice, Virginia is set to consider requiring teachers to get a certificate in African American history. The Commission on African American History Education, a group Gov. Ralph Northam assembled last year, is making the recommendation in its upcoming report, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni said in an interview.


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House passes ‘landmark’ broadband funding, with Spanberger push for faster internet

By CLINT SCHEMMER, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s push to bolster high-speed internet access in communities across the country got the green light Wednesday evening from the U.S. House of Representatives. By a vote of 233 to 188, the chamber passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, the Moving America Forward Act, which includes the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act that Spanberger helped introduce last week.


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Residents voice concerns about lost homes, environmental impact of proposed Va. 28 bypass

By DANIEL BERTI, Prince William Times

A July 14 public hearing has been set for a $300 million bypass project that aims to improve traffic on the Va. 28 corridor. But some residents whose homes will be impacted are raising concerns the new road will not receive the level of environmental scrutiny once promised. A federal environmental review, which was expected to be completed this year, is no longer necessary because the bypass won’t need federal funding.


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Advocates Say New Marijuana Laws Don’t Go Far Enough

By BEN PAVIOUR, WCVE

A new law that took effect Wednesday decriminalizes possession of a small amount of marijuana. But some advocates say it’s time to remove all penalties, due to their disproportionate impact on Black Virginians. Black residents make up about 20 percent of the state population. But they accounted for almost half of Virginia’s first-time marijuana possession arrests between 2007 and 2016, according to a 2017 study by the State Crime Commission.


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Three more pieces of Confederate iconography come down in Richmond

By ALI SULLIVAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

In the city’s latest move to rid itself of widespread Confederate iconography, crews hauled away a bronze statue of naval commander Matthew Fontaine Maury and two cannons on Monument Avenue on Thursday. The sculptures are the latest to fall since Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney skirted the advice of the interim city attorney and invoked emergency mayoral powers to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson on Wednesday.