Liberty University in Virginia is pressing trespassing charges against two journalists who worked on stories questioning the evangelical college’s decision to remain partially open during the coronavirus epidemicBy DAVID BAUDER AP Media WriterApril 9, 2020, 9:55 PM4 min readNEW YORK — Liberty University is pushing for criminal trespassing charges to be lodged against two journalists who pursued stories about why the evangelical college in Virginia has remained partially open during the coronavirus outbreak. The college, in Lynchburg, Virginia, is led by Jerry Falwell Jr., a supporter of President Donald Trump who has suggested coverage of the epidemic was overblown. Falwell said the university is conducting classes online and obeying social distancing directives. But he said he has kept the campus open for international students and those with nowhere else to go. On Thursday, there were about 1,000 students living on campus, roughly one-eighth of its normal residential population. After stories were written saying Liberty’s decision caused concerns in the community, the university pursued charges against Alec MacGillis, a reporter for ProPublica, and Julia Rendleman, a photographer who illustrated a March 29 story in The New York Times. Virginia Magistrate Kang Lee signed arrest warrants for Class 1 Misdemeanors against the

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