A move from the FBI to Dominion; VCU studying the effects of withdrawal treatment; using leftover tax money for rural broadband and more headlines

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    — Gov. Ralph Northam framed his decision to replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board ahead of a key pipeline vote as a routine matter that naturally followed the expiration of their terms in June, but a review found 235 other gubernatorial appointees serving on state boards on terms that expired as far back as 2015. “It is really hard to explain why he would choose this time to make a change on these boards if it had nothing to do with the pending pipeline,” said Del. Mark Keam, D-Fairfax. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

    — Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican members of the General Assembly say they plan to spend surplus tax revenue on rural broadband, higher education and transportation infrastructure. (WCVE)

    — The Special Agent in Charge at the FBI’s field office in Richmond stepped down to take over as chief security officer at Dominion Energy. (Associated Press)

    — The Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport paid an airline $400,000 in public money to launch flights to the New York area that never materialized. The company kept the money. (Daily Press)

    — A jury ordered the vice mayor of Portsmouth to pay the former city auditor $775,000 in damages in a defamation suit that followed criticism over the pace of work in his office, which produced two audits in his three years with the city. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    — Charlottesville police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of a 19-year-old African-American transgender woman. Sage Smith vanished six years ago on national Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors victims of anti-transgender violence. (The Daily Progress)

    — Electric scooter rental companies opposed planned regulations in Richmond that would require them to pay a $60,000 fee annually, operate during the daytime only and limit the devices’ speed to 10 mph. (WCVE)

    — VCU says it will study whether treating opioid overdose patients for withdrawal when they show up in the ER leads to more of them seeking addiction treatment when they leave. (WVTF)

    — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ foundation says it will donate $2.5 million to two Virginia nonprofits that provide services to the homeless, Housing Families First in Henrico County and Northern Virginia Family Services in Oakton. (Virginia Business)

    — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the candy darter as endangered. The vibrantly colored, cigar-sized fish lives in western Virginia and parts of southern West Virginia and has faced pressure due to logging and other human activity. (Associated Press)

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    Mechelle Hankerson
    Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach.