A quail comeback campaign, delegate’s felony hit and run and more Va. headlines

By: - March 8, 2023 12:03 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

  • Virginia Del. Matt Fariss, R-Campbell, was arrested and charged with two felonies after allegedly hitting a woman with his car last week and leaving the scene. The woman later took out a protective order against the delegate. Farris called the charges “false’ and claimed he’ll be cleared in court.—Cardinal News
  • A grand jury indicted a  member of the Chesapeake City Council on a charge of “financially exploiting a vulnerable adult for allegedly obtaining ownership of her great aunt’s home through illegal means.”—Virginian-Pilot
  • Newly sworn-in U.S. Rep. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, is keeping many of the late Rep. Donald McEachin’s congressional staffers, saying she wants to “hit the ground running.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • An Eastern Shore museum is fighting to save the ranch that inspired the children’s novel “Misty of Chincoteague.”—WHRO
  • Virginians are trying to bring back quail, a bird that once flourished in the state but has seen its habitat diminished over time. “I don’t want to shoot them anymore,” said one rural property owner. “I just like to see them around and hear them whistle.”—Washington Post

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