NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Two black Republican candidates are running for seats in the House of Delegates, where the party has elected just two African Americans since Reconstruction. “I think the Republican Party here realizes that they cannot win another statewide election without doing better in the African American community. The math isn’t there.” – VPM
• Queen Latifah hosted the Women’s Achieve Summit in Richmond. “All year Virginia’s been telling authentic stories of 400 years of democracy, diversity and opportunity in America,” she said. “Women have not always been invited to participate in that democracy. Oh, but we in it now.” – WVTF
• Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order directing state officials to develop strategies to address health care accessibility and affordability in his next budget proposal. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “Arlington officials are asking Amazon to go back to the drawing board for its proposed headquarters in Pentagon City to put a greater emphasis on sustainability.” – ARLnow
• Parents at a school in Norfolk did not sound convinced by assurances from administrators “that there was nothing unusual about the number of insects and rodents in the building.” – The Virginian-Pilot
• South Carolina fined Dominion Energy after pipeline construction in the state sent enough sediment into a nearby river that a downstream treatment plant could no longer draw drinking water from the waterway. – The State
• Virginia is wrapping up its post-conviction DNA testing program. “Thirteen people wrongly convicted of serious crimes have been cleared after more than a half-million old crime lab files were searched, thousands of hours were spent tracking down nearly 1,000 people and hundreds of DNA tests were conducted.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The U.S. Census Bureau says its planning to hire 2,000 to 3,000 people in Hampton Roads to help with the decennial count. – Daily Press
• Franklin County school leaders say they’ll revisit a policy denying school lunches to high school students who can’t afford them. – The Roanoke Times
• Officials warn that wildfire season, underway through Nov. 30, could be one of the most severe in years due to drought conditions around the state. – Associated Press
• “A sundial on the new Virginia Women’s Monument in Richmond includes a typo familiar to local residents: Loudoun is spelled wrong, with the second ‘u’ omitted.” – Loudoun Times-Mirror
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