Virginia State University first HBCU to host U.S. presidential debate and more state headlines – Virginia Mercury

• Virginia State University will host the second of three scheduled general election presidential debates in 2024, making it the first historically Black college or university to do so.—WRIC

• “Growing Pains” TV star turned author Kirk Cameron will appear at a Spotsylvania County high school next month to read from his new book, which he said “teaches Biblical wisdom through the seasons of life to children,” as the county navigates debates about youth-appropriate books stoked by the removal of 30 titles from its school libraries.—Free Lance-Star

• Recently re-elected Prince William Democratic Del. Briana Sewell announced she will run to represent the 7th Congressional District, a Northern Virginia seat currently occupied by Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who won’t seek reelection in order to run for governor in 2025.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “In some Northern Virginia neighborhoods, poverty has worsened even as region prospers.”—DCist

• A bobcat kitten that was hit and badly injured by a car is recovering at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. —WSLS

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