A landfill fight; Tangier Island is short on water; peanut butter for furloughed workers and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • In light of an impending vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, is urging his fellow Republicans to pick his sister as a replacement. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Despite bipartisan support, a bill to ban offshore drilling in Virginia was shot down in a 9-6 committee vote. – Associated Press
  • Powhatan residents are angry that Cumberland County approved a massive landfill right on the border of their two counties. They turned to the General Assembly for help, but won’t be getting any this session. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Tangier Island residents haven’t had much access to water since a water line burst on Sunday night. “Of all the problems we could have out here, I didn’t think a lack of water would be one of them,” the mayor said. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • The garbage truck driver who was charged in the 2018 crash with a train carrying Republican lawmakers is challenging Virginia State Police evidence. – Associated Press
  • To help ease congestion on Interstate-81, a new idea was floated before the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization: Put trucks on trains. – The Roanoke Times
  • In response to a reported spike in violent crime, Hampton police are preparing for “high intensity patrols.” “We are preparing for the worst,” Chief Terry Sult said. – The Daily Press
  • U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman has introduced legislation to prohibit members of Congress from flying first class on the taxpayer’s dime. – Washington Post
  • Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine warn that the government shutdown has made air travel more dangerous. – WTOP
  • As the federal shutdown marches on, federal employees held a demonstration in downtown Richmond on Thursday. “We voted for people to work for us, not against us,” said one protester. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A Woodbridge teen with autism won a lifetime supply of peanut butter, and gave some away to furloughed federal workers in Dumfries. – Washington Post
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Katie O'Connor
Katie, a Manassas native, has covered health care, commercial real estate, law, agriculture and tourism for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond BizSense and the Northern Virginia Daily. Last year, she was named an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Health Journalism Fellow, a program to aid journalists in making national health stories local and using data in their reporting. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of The Flat Hat, the college paper, and editor-in-chief of The Gallery, the college’s literary magazine.