NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Virginia’s redistricting commission decided to redraw political maps from scratch, reversing a previous plan to use old maps, which advocates complained were the product of partisan gerrymandering and therefore shouldn’t be considered.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe urged businesses to mandate employee vaccinations now that the FDA gave full approval to Pfizer’s shot. Republican Glenn Youngkin is vaccinated but opposes mask and vaccine mandates, calling them an attempt to “bully” Virginians.—Associated Press
• Bill Kristol, a longtime conservative commentator who lives in Northern Virginia, is endorsing McAuliffe, calling Youngkin’s public health and tax policies “reckless.”—Washington Post
• State energy regulators approved a rate hike requested by Appalachian Power Company, but denied a request that would keep the company’s two coal plants in operation through 2040.—Roanoke Times
• The state is working on plans to replace the Supreme Court of Virginia building and the 26-story James Monroe Building.—Richmond BizSense
• Gov. Ralph Northam, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser met in King George County along a riverbank where headstones from a historic African American cemetery in D.C. were found being used as erosion control. The stones will soon be transported to the Maryland cemetery where most of the bodies now rest.—Washington Post
• Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro say they won’t require government employees to get vaccinated. Some officials said they were worried a mandate would result in a wave of resignations.—News Leader
• “Calling the case a textbook example of a bribery scheme, federal prosecutors on Monday asked jurors to convict former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe of 11 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.”—Virginian-Pilot
• “The Newport News Police Department hired two social workers who will respond to certain calls overnight to reduce wait times and eliminate some of the burden on child and adult protective services caseworkers.”—Daily Press
• A couple spotted a manatee at Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, the third sighting this month. “She popped her head right up out of the water, whiskers and everything. She was just a big old sea cow.”—Virginian-Pilot
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