The Bulletin

A smooth day at the polls, four casinos get go-ahead from voters, Liberty restructures its leadership in wake of Falwell departure, and more headlines

By: - November 4, 2020 7:59 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• The Associated Press projected Democrat Mark Warner’s Senate victory as soon as the polls closed and called Virginia for Biden at 7:31 p.m., when Trump was still leading with just a few jurisdictions reporting results. The decisive calls on an otherwise murky election night reflect Virginia’s transition over the past decade from swing state to Democratic stronghold.—Associated PressRichmond Times-Dispatch

• “Voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth overwhelmingly supported local referendums allowing four commercial casinos to be built in their cities.”—Virginia Business

• Voters in Roanoke elected the city’s first majority-Black city council.—Roanoke Times

• In-person voting went smoothly and lines at polling places were almost nonexistent. Election officials said that’s because so many people cast their ballots early.—Virginian-Pilot

• While local and state officials expressed concern about voter intimidation and civil unrest heading into Election Day, disruptions were few and far between. One notable exception came in Norfolk, where a 63-year-old man was arrested for allegedly threatening to bomb a polling station.—WTKR

• After 30 voters were given the wrong ballots in Fauquier County, the local sheriff’s office tapped the Reverse 911 system to call them back to the polls so the registrar could correct the mistake.—WTOP 

• The developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline pushed back the project’s expected completion date to the “second half of 2021” and say they now expect it to cost as much as $6 billion, up from an estimated $3.7 billion when construction began.—Roanoke Times

• D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure decriminalizing the use of psychedelic mushrooms.—Washington Post

• After ousting former President Jerry Falwell, Liberty University’s board voted to restructure its “leadership model” by replacing him with two senior officials, a president who will focus on academics and a chancellor who will serve as the school’s spiritual leader.—News & Advance

• Quantico Marine Corps base warned neighbors not to worry about very loud noises and “noticeable ground vibrations” beginning on election night — they’re just training with explosives and mortars.—InsideNOVA

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association. Contact him at [email protected]