Virginia Judge Strikes Down Loudoun County School Mask Mandate Effective Immediately
(Breitbart) LEESBURG, Virginia — A Loudoun County, Virginia, judge struck down the mask mandate imposed by the Loudoun County School Board (LCSB) Wednesday evening, immediately allowing students to attend class without masks.
In a lawsuit that saw the administration of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) join forces with parents against the school district, Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James P. Fisher decided to grant an emergency injunction in the mandate after weighing arguments from parent plaintiffs’ counsel, Attorney General Jason Miyares’s (R) office, and LCSB.
“Today is a great day for Virginia’s parents and kids,” Youngkin said in a press release. MORE
Millions to cut gun violence hinges on Republicans and Democrats making a deal
(Virginia Mercury) After a steep rise in murders, former Gov. Ralph Northam and new Gov. Glenn Youngkin both proposed committing millions of dollars to reducing gun violence in Virginia. But the divided General Assembly still has to reconcile differing philosophies on how to intervene in violence-stricken communities to stop shootings before they happen.
Youngkin and Attorney General Jason Miyares have joined House Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, in pushing Virginia to embrace Operation Ceasefire, a gun-violence intervention model that aims to identify and divert those most at risk of shooting someone or being shot, often young men of color in high-poverty neighborhoods. The model involves police and/or community partners offering resources to people trying to leave gangs or similar groups, while warning of harsh consequences for future crimes. MORE
The Racial Divide: What Has Changed? A 7News Town Hall
ARLINGTON, Va. (7News) — 7News aired a special town hall Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for Black History Month called “The Racial Divide: What Has Changed?” During the town hall, experts and guests discussed disparity gaps in education, the impact of the pandemic, and social justice efforts. Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears was among the guests. MORE-includes video