President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily blocking migrants from seven countries with Muslim-majority populations from entering the country. The order was met with protests across the country, particularly at airports—including Dulles International—where travelers from the affected countries were detained for hours. Lawyers also showed up at airports trying to offer representation to those detained. In a statement, Trump insisted the order was not the Muslim ban he proposed during his campaign. Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly demanding the names of those detained at Virginia airports and describing the order as creating “widespread confusion and distress.”
(The Washington Post, Loudoun Times-Mirror, Fredericksburg Today)
Snow fell across the D.C. region overnight and there could be more showers throughout the day. Culpeper, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania and Stafford schools are closed. Fairfax, Fredericksburg and Warren schools started on delays.
(The Washington Post, The Washington Post)
A new group of investors are working to finally bring the Loudoun Hounds minor league baseball team to Northern Virginia by 2018.
The Veterans Affairs Department exempted select medical professionals from President Trump‘s recent federal hiring freeze.
(Federal News Radio)
Environmental and conservation organization Audubon Society of Northern Virginia will display its top photos of 2016 at the Walker Nature Center in Reston until Feb. 14.