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Ballad Health suspends employee vaccine mandate and more Virginia headlines

By: - December 3, 2021 8:08 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Ballad Health System, a major provider in Southwest Virginia, suspended its vaccine mandate for employees after a judge issued an injunction on the federal mandate. The health system had worried it could lose as much as a third of its workforce.—Bristol Herald Courier

• Recount results are still underway from the race between Del. Alex Askew, D-Virginia Beach, and Republican Karen Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh entered the recount leading Askew by 127 votes.—Associated Press

• Municipal power utilities are asking federal regulators to review Dominion Energy’s books, arguing the company is overbilling them by millions in connection to the closure of coal plants.—Harrisonburg Citizen

• Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife, which he filed in Virginia to take advantage of the state’s loose requirements to pursue libel claims, is moving forward in Fairfax County. “Virginia has become somewhere that public figures and public officials think that they still might be able to intimidate their would-be critics, as opposed to other jurisdictions with stronger anti-SLAPP laws.”—Northern Virginia Magazine

• The annual Valor Awards recognized police and firefighters for “daring rescues on a flooded river, icy mountainsides and burning buildings.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia Courts have issued 170 emergency substantial risk orders under the red flag law signed last year, which allows police to seek to temporarily confiscate someone’s firearms.—WVTF

• “A meeting held by the Fairfax County School Board Thursday turned into a debate and a protest over controversial books that were recently placed back into school libraries.”—WTOP

• Some officials in Richmond are pushing to hold a second casino referendum after voters narrowly voted down the proposal last month.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• No one spoke at a public hearing on UVA’s plan to raise tuition nearly 5 percent.—Daily Progress

• “More than 350 acres of prime real estate at Smith Mountain Lake sold for more than $16 million on Thursday night in what could be the last-of-its-kind auction of such a property there.”—Roanoke Times

• Maryland oysters exposed to sewage before they were harvested sickened 34 people in Loudoun County, where they were served at various breweries.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

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