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According to the latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health, there are no new coronavirus deaths being reported in the Roanoke Valley for a third straight day. However, there are 37 new cases and 1 new hospitalization among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties in the latest 24-hour reporting period.State health officials report 13 new cases and 1 new hospitalization in Roanoke City, 16 new cases in Roanoke County, 5 new cases in Salem, and 3 new cases in Botetourt County.

According to the latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health, there are no new coronavirus deaths being reported in the Roanoke Valley for a second straight day. However, there are 50 new cases and 2 new hospitalizations among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties in the latest 24-hour reporting period.State health officials report 26 new cases in Roanoke City, 13 new cases and 2 new hospitalizations in Roanoke County, 8 new cases in Salem, and 3 new cases in Botetourt County.

State health officials report 20 new coronavirus cases but no new hospitalizations for the Roanoke Valley in the latest 24-hour reporting period. There are also no new COVID-related deaths among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties. State health officials report 10 new cases in Roanoke City, 6 new cases in Roanoke County, 3 new cases in Salem, and 1 new case in Botetourt County.

RICHMOND – Tonight, the Virginia NAACP announced a renewed commitment to finally ending qualified immunity for law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. After investigating multiple officer-involved incidents over the past five months, the Virginia NAACP has had enough and is demanding real change.

“We watched with horror the so-called traffic stop in Windsor,” said Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr., referring to the now widely-circulated video clip of Caron Nazario, a Black Army second lieutenant who was pulled over in Windsor, Virginia. Despite being in uniform, Nazario immediately had guns drawn towards him by two town police officers.

In the clip, Nazario is frightened, stating that he is “honestly afraid to get out.” The officer then responds: “Yeah, you should be.” President Barnette reacted: “The fact that an officer who is supposed to ‘protect and serve’ felt embolden enough to state this is the root of the problem. This isn’t the first officer we have seen without fear of consequences for their actions.”

The issue of improving interactions between Black Virginians and law enforcement has been at the forefront of the Virginia NAACP’s advocacy and policy agenda this year. Just last week, the Virginia NAACP announced a renewed effort to find ways to ensure justice and transparency in officer-involved shootings.

In the wake of this recent incident, the Virginia NAACP hopes Virginia officials will use this as an opportunity to make real change. “While we applaud the immediate reactions of Virginia’s government officials, we believe that now is the time for Governor Ralph Northam to call a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to pass House Bill 2045 sponsored by Delegate Jeff Bourne to finally end qualified immunity,” said Virginia NAACP Executive Director Da’Quan Marcell Love. He went on to say: “The Virginia NAACP strongly believes that the Commonwealth must end qualified immunity NOW. Black Virginians can’t wait until next January.”

Expressing a renewed sense of urgency, the Virginia NAACP has issued a call to its more than 100 local units to begin fundraising immediately to support this advocacy campaign’s lobbying efforts. A campaign website has been launched at http://endqiva.org to accept individual contributions.

 

State health officials report 39 new coronavirus cases and 2 new hospitalizations for the Roanoke Valley in the latest 24-hour reporting period. There are no new COVID-related deaths among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties. State health officials report 21 new cases in Roanoke City, 13 new cases, and 1 new hospitalization in Roanoke County, 4 new cases in Salem, and 1 new case and 1 new hospitalization in Botetourt County.

State health officials report 34 new coronavirus cases and 6 new hospitalizations for the Roanoke Valley in the latest 24-hour reporting period. There is just one new COVID-related death among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties. State health officials report 16 new cases, 2 new hospitalizations, and 1 new death in Roanoke City, 14 new cases, and 1 new hospitalization in Roanoke County, 2 new cases and 2 new hospitalizations in Salem, and 2 new cases and 1 new hospitalization in Botetourt County.

Gov. Ralph Northam

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest’s most coveted endorsements. Northam says McAuliffe’s accomplishments during his previous term in the governor’s mansion show he is the right person for the job. Northam and McAuliffe shared the news with The Associated Press ahead of a formal announcement Thursday. McAuliffe was Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018 and is widely seen as the front-runner in the five-way Democratic primary. He’s previously rolled out an unmatched number of endorsements from key Virginia power brokers.

MGN

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia has become the first Southern state to legalize marijuana. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a bill to allow adults in Virginia to possess and cultivate small amounts starting in July. Northam sent the bill back to lawmakers substantially changed from the version they sent him in February. The amendments lawmakers agreed to Wednesday would accelerate the timeline of legalization by about three years. It will be years before legal retail sales follow legalized possession.The legislation lays out a complex process of creating a new state agency to oversee the marijuana marketplace, with sales beginning in 2024.