15th anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting and more Va. headlines

By | April 18, 2022

• Over the weekend, Virginia marked the 15th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre.—13News; Virginian-Pilot

• “Two of the Virginia Parole Board members whose appointments were blocked by Senate Democrats earlier this year have found new jobs in Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration.”—Associated Press

• More African American cemeteries will be eligible for state maintenance money thanks to new legislation.—WVTF.

• Relatives of residents in a nursing home run by Bedford County are raising the alarm as the county considers selling the facility.—News & Advance

• In the town of Bedford, four people were taken to a hospital and more than a dozen were evacuated after “a chemical mishap created a chlorine gas cloud at a wastewater treatment plant.”—WSET

• VCU is getting $1 million in federal funds to craft a public health response to gun violence in Richmond. In 2021, the city marked the highest number of killings since 2004.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• To attract recruits and retain officers, Hampton Roads police departments facing large numbers of vacancies are offering share raises as well as sign-on and retention bonuses.—Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond is considering moving to ranked-choice voting for local elections.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Two patients with felony records, including one described as armed and dangerous, escaped from Eastern State mental hospital Sunday. One was captured later in the day.—NBC12

• A Stafford daycare owner is facing criminal charges after toddlers in her care ingested THC-laced goldfish crackers.—Free Lance-Star

• “Police are looking for a woman who pepper-sprayed a man who was taking photos of his own children in Arlington.”—NBC Washington

• A live grenade was found in a box of donated items given to a Goodwill store in Suffolk.—WRIC

• A Stafford County woman’s remarkable recovery from what doctors thought was a terminal case of COVID-19 is being attributed to an experimental drug — and prayer.—Free Lance-Star

• After being stuck for more than a month, the cargo ship that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay is free.—New York Times

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