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Former National Security Advisor and retired General Michael Flynn has endorsed GOP State Senator Amanda Chase’s campaign for Virginia Governor. Flynn says Chase is the strongest voice for VA’s small businesses, and champion for 2nd Amendment rights. He adds Chase is a strong advocate for the Pro-Life movement, and for family values.

Read Flynn’s full statement below:

“I fully and wholeheartedly endorse Amanda Chase to be the next Governor of Virginia. She is the strongest voice for VA’s small businesses, she is a leader and champion for our 2nd Amendment, Amanda is a strong advocate for the Pro-Life movement, for family values and she will fight against the socialist agenda denying our Liberty and Constitutional Freedoms.” — LTG Michael T Flynn (Ret.)

State health officials report 41 new coronavirus cases and 3 new hospitalizations for the Roanoke Valley in the latest 24-hour reporting period. There are 6 new COVID-related death among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties. State health officials report 10 new cases, 1 new hospitalization, and 2 new deaths in Roanoke City, 28 new cases, 2 new hospitalizations, and 4 new deaths in Roanoke County, and 3 new cases in Botetourt County.

State health officials report 27 new coronavirus cases 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 15 new cases in Roanoke City, 5 new cases in Roanoke County, 4 new cases in Salem, and 3 new cases and 1 new death in Botetourt County.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The president of the police union in Virginia Beach has warned that the city needs to hire or more officers to prevent more violent incidents.

The coastal city of about 450,000 people experienced three shooting incidents in one night along the oceanfront that left two people dead and several wounded.

WAVY-TV reported Thursday that the Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association president issued his warning in a strongly worded letter to City Council. Brian Luciano also told the station the department is down 100 officers.

“It certainly does not help,” Luciano said.

Police Chief Paul Neudigate has said that it took 103 officers to manage the incidents along the oceanfront early Saturday.

Virginia Beach Mayor Bob Dyer said that altering police staffing is already underway.

“The police chief is going to be bolstering personnel with more police officers at the Oceanfront,” he said. “We are diverting and increase personnel that are going to be there, and we are going to supplement that with the sheriff’s department.”

But the group Black Lives Matter 757 has said they believe the answer isn’t more officers, but positive involvement between police and the community.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he wants businesses to help put a stop to sales of fake coronavirus vaccination cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WAVY-TV reported Tuesday that the Herring is one of 45 state attorney generals calling on companies such as Twitter and eBay to prevent the spread of the fraudulent cards.

The law enforcement leaders say that companies should keep an eye out for ads or links to sales of blank or counterfeit vaccine cards. Once found, ads and links for the cards should be taken down.

People who’ve gotten a shot receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. It proves that they’ve been vaccinated and provides a reminder for when to get their second shot.

Herring worries that people who are untruthful about being vaccinated will negatively impact public health.

“Getting vaccinated is one of the most important things a Virginian can do to help us all get back to normal and get the COVID pandemic under control,” Herring said.. “Individuals who purchase fraudulent vaccine cards and go out into our communities pretending to be vaccinated could be detrimental to our efforts to curb the pandemic and put the safety of others at risk.”

State health officials report 34 new COVID-19 cases for the Roanoke Valley in the latest 24-hour reporting period. There are four new hospitalizations reported and one new COVID-related death in Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties. State health officials report 13 new cases, 2 new hospitalizations, and 1 new death in Roanoke City, 15 new cases in Roanoke County, 4 new cases and 1 new hospitalization in Salem, and 2 new cases and 1 new hospitalization in Botetourt County.

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on April 18. Northam said nearly everyone in the highest-risk groups who has preregistered for a vaccination appointment has received one. He said those who are still on the pre-registration list will receive appointment invitations within the next two weeks. More than 3.7 million vaccine does have been administered so far in Virginia. More than one in three adults have received at least one dose and one in five Virginians are fully vaccinated.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s highest court ruled Thursday that the city of Charlottesville can take down two statues of Confederate generals, including one of Robert E. Lee that became the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017.

The state Supreme Court overturned a Circuit Court decision in favor of a group of residents who sued to block the city from taking down the Lee statue and a nearby monument to fellow Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Charlottesville’s city council voted to remove both.

The Jackson statue was erected in Jackson Park in 1921 and the Lee statue was erected in Lee Park in 1924.

In Thursday’s decision, State Supreme Court Justice Bernard Goodwyn said both statues were erected long before the passage of a law regulating the “disturbance of or interference with” war memorials or monuments.

“In other words, (the law) did not provide the authority for the City to erect the Statues, and it does not prohibit the City from disturbing or interfering with them,” Goodwyn wrote.

Read the entire court ruling here:

http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1200790.pdf