Chesapeake Bay Foundation will leave one of its education centers because of sea level rise concerns; Leesburg will temporarily become “Natsburg” and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• “National Democratic groups are spending unprecedented sums in the race for control of Virginia’s state legislature — the first test in a yearlong campaign to maximize the party’s influence in the states before the next round of redistricting begins in 2021. … They see next week’s elections as an early chance at redemption after a 2010 drubbing that left them boxed out of the map-making process in nearly every key state.” —Politico

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe logged 122 campaign appearances for Virginia Democrats after stepping into a campaign role that typically would have been played by Gov. Ralph Northam, who was sidelined by a blackface scandal for much of the campaign. —The Washington Post

• Whether Republican Del. Tim Hugo “loses his seat on Nov. 5 to Democrat Dan Helmer — erasing the one red splotch on a blue blanket of Democratic domination in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria — will be determined by people like Elaine Inn, who voted for Hugo two years ago and probably would have again this fall, if it weren’t for the rash of school shootings and the political climate in Washington.” —The Washington Post

• “Fishing regulators accused Virginia on Thursday of allowing a company that makes fish-oil supplements to exceed catch limits on a fish that’s an important link in the Chesapeake Bay’s food chain.” —Associated Press

• “Northern Virginia voters will have a once in a generation opportunity to reshape the criminal justice system next week, as they head to the polls to select successors to longtime prosecutors in some of the state’s most populous jurisdictions.” —The Washington Post

• A proposal to build a new coliseum in downtown Richmond is facing growing challenges, ranging from uncertainty about how it will be financed to whether the project meets affordable housing benchmarks laid out in city code. —Richmond Free Press

• Martinsville City Council locked the doors to City Hall in a clear violation of the state’s open meeting laws when its members met to discuss giving up their charter and reverting to a township. —Martinsville Bulletin

• The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic congregation that serves the elderly in nursing homes, says it’s leaving the Richmond region after 145 years “due to a decrease in the number of women joining the religious order.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is abandoning Fox Island, its longtime education center for schoolchildren. “The Virginia island, about six miles from Crisfield, Md., off the Eastern Shore, has succumbed to the very forces these educational programs have sought to fight: a warming climate, rising sea levels and disappearing shores.” —The Washington Post

• Leesburg is planning to temporarily change its name to “Natsburg” in recognition of the Nationals’ World Series win. —WTOP

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