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Closing arguments conclude in Unite the Right rally trial and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 19, 2021 8:07 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Closing arguments concluded in the lawsuit that seeks to hold organizers of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville financially responsible for the death and injury of protesters. The jury is expected to begin its deliberations today.—Daily Progress

• Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin “played a starring role” at the Republican Governors Association’s annual conference. “The Glenn Youngkin race provides a roadmap for Republicans in blue states and swing states. His win will define a new generation of Republican leadership”—Politico

• Virginia Republicans nominated three new redistricting special masters after the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected their earlier suggestions as too partisan.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The NRA told reporters it wants Republicans in Virginia to undo gun control legislation passed by Democrats and remove a well-known gun control advocate, Lori Haas, from the State Crime Commission.—VPM, Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Compensation for public employees is emerging as a priority for Senate budget leaders as they consider how to use record revenues in the next budget to keep and attract workers for critical, high-stress jobs — correctional officers, law enforcement, nurses and aides in state psychiatric hospitals.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state’s unemployment insurance program went live with a new website officials say will make the program more user-friendly.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Richmond City Council members plan to ask the General Assembly for the same authority county governments have to raise their own salaries, arguing the positions are full-time jobs that deserve full-time pay.—Richmond Free-Press

• “A Virginia Beach lawyer is suing the city’s pubic school district to halt a vaccine requirement the division announced in September.”—Virginian-Pilot

• VPM, a public radio station based in Richmond, purchased Style Weekly, a Richmond arts and entertainment publication that was recently shuttered by previous owners.—Richmond BizSense

• VDOT is considering creating a 100-mile trail from Galax to Greenfield.—Cardinal News

• “The last Afghan refugees waiting at Fort Lee to be resettled have found permanent homes in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Norfolk doctor suing Sentara Healthcare for the right to administer ivermectin to his patients called the prohibition “cure and unusual punishment” during a hearing on the case. Hospital administrators responded that it was their responsibility to make sure medications are safe and effective. The judge overseeing the case has not yet issued a ruling.—Virginian-Pilot


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