Campbell County declares itself ‘First Amendment sanctuary,’ Navy Hill returns … in Henrico, Army Corps review backs James River transmission line, and more headlines

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• Campbell County declared itself a “first amendment sanctuary” to show its opposition to Gov. Ralph Northam’s coronavirus orders. Before the vote, attendees at a county board meeting “took off their face masks in a show of support.”—News & Advance

• Developers behind the Navy Hill project that failed to win approval in the city of Richmond are now planning a massive arena-anchored development in suburban Henrico County.—Henrico Citizen

• The prospect of major cuts to D.C. Metro service has brought a renewed focus to public transit relief as part of a federal stimulus package. “It would be stupidity on steroids if Congress left for Christmas without doing an interim package as a bridge,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.—Washington Post

• An advocacy group is questioning state officials after several prison inmates said they were beaten or abused by guards at Wallens Ridge State Prison.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Libre by Nexus, a Virginia-based company long accused of preying on undocumented immigrants, has agreed to pay $425,000 to settle an investigation by the state’s Bureau of Insurance.—Washington Post

• Norfolk City Council member Andria McClellan announced she’s running for lieutenant governor, making her the seventh Democrat in the race.—Washington Post

• Dominion Energy had no better alternatives to building a power line across the James River near Jamestown, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined in a court-ordered review of the controversial project.—Daily Press

• The board of Eastern Virginia Medical School took a vote of no confidence in a consultant recommending the school merge with Old Dominion University, saying the study “appears to have been based on a predetermined outcome conceived prior to EVMS’ participation.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Tech’s brewing program is teaming up with Hardywood on a “Fightin’ Hokies Lager.”—Roanoke Times

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