A truck-load of Amazon news; Hate crimes increase; Cutting the cost of prison health care; InfoWars defends Charlottesville lawsuit; Claire Danes talks up Richmond and more headlines

Gov. Ralph Northam made a video announcing Amazon's new headquarters in Northern Virginia, borrowing the state's recognizable tourism logo and slogan.

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Amazon announcement news:

— Virginia’s direct incentive package to Amazon was less than half of what New York committed — $22,000 per job versus $48,000 per job — stirring “quiet satisfaction in the Old Dominion that Richmond had cut a better deal than Albany.” (The Washington Post)

— A big part of Virginia’s bid was a promise to graduate between 25,000 and 35,000 new students with computer science degrees, and as part of that effort, Virginia Tech announced it’s going to build a $1 billion campus near Amazon’s new Northern Virginia headquarters. (Associated Press)

— Crystal City residents say they’re excited by the opportunity. (“We could use a boost.”) But some also worried about potential transportation problems, particularly worsening congestion. “This area needs 25,000 more jobs like a hole in its head.” (The Washington Post)

— Renderings show what Amazon’s remade Crystal City will look like. (Washingtonian)

— About the new name, National Landing: local officials insist they and not Amazon are the ones who decided to rebrand the area to capture the scope of an effort that crosses municipal boundaries. (Washingtonian)

—Housing prices in Crystal City have already shot up, with one condo increasing $20,000 in price overnight. (The Washington Post)

— Metro officials say they’re enthusiastic for the potential thousands of new riders Amazon could bring and advocates hope it will speed improvements to the system. (The Washington Post)

— Business leaders in Richmond are hoping for a “ripple effect.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

—Officials in the Bristol area, about equidistant between the new Northern Virginia outpost and a 5,000-job expansion in Nashville, were similarly hopeful they’d see some gains. (Bristol Herald Courier)

More news:

— The FBI recorded 193 hate crimes in Virginia last year, up from 122 in 2016 – a more than 50 percent increase that advocates say that’s likely an undercount. (The Virginian-Pilot)

— State auditors suggested Virginia’s prison system could save money on health care if it loosened its “compassionate release” policy, which allows terminally ill inmates to be released if a doctor says they have three months or less left to live – one of the more restrictive approaches in the country. Some lawmakers sounded receptive. “The irony to me seems to be we would be better off if we really wanted to punish these people we’d parole them out and let them struggle to gain access to health care like everybody else does,” said Sen. Emmett Hanger. (WVTF)

— Lawyers for InfoWars argued a defamation suit brought by a witness who recorded the fatal Aug. 12 car attack in Charlottesville should be dismissed because the conspiracy-focused media brand’s allegations that he was part of a leftist plot to launch a coup against Donald Trump were “obvious hyperbole.” The man and his family said they faced numerous threats. A judge has not yet ruled on the motion. (The Daily Progress)

— The former Craigsville chief of police pleaded guilty to stealing pain pills from an acquaintance. He resigned after he was charged by state police. (The News Virginian)

— The 11 Virginia localities suing opioid manufacturers for damages caused by their products filed a motion to have the cases consolidated into one. (Danville Register & Bee)

—“Homeland” star Claire Danes recorded a video about how much she likes Richmond as part of a partnership between the studio that produces the show and the Virginia Film Office. (Associated Press)

— An intern at Richmond’s Department of Social Services stole three cars he was tasked with getting washed, prompting the city to implement new security measures. (WRIC)