NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
Amazon has made its decision
Amazon is expected to announce as early as today that it has decided to split its much sought after HQ2 (and the 50,000 jobs that come with it) between New York City and Northern Virginia’s Crystal City.
The Associated Press observes both locations offer “riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.”
The Washington Post, whose reporting is sourced to people close to the decision-making process, notes the outcome represents both opportunity and a challenge for Virginia:
“The decision hands Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and local leaders the largest economic-development prize in a generation — one promising billions of dollars in capital investments alone — but could also put pressure on the region’s already steep housing prices, congested roads and yawning divide between wealthy and low-income residents.”
— Mary Baldwin University removed an art installation exploring the Confederate statue debate after students called it racist, taking issue in particular with imagery of what they said were watermelon seeds and lines they interpreted as nooses. The artists say they were misinterpreted. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
— Richmond Public Schools is revising the transcripts of more than 1,000 current students after a state review found the district had issued course credits students hadn’t earned, largely as a result of sloppy administrative practices. Officials stressed the corrections wouldn’t stop any of the students from graduating on time. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
— A Charlottesville man is considering bringing charges against Fox News host Tucker Carlson following a run-in last month at Albemarle County’s Farmington Country Club, where the man alleges Carlson and his son attacked him and Carlson alleges the man vulgarly insulted his daughter and admits only that his son threw wine in his face. (The Daily Progress)
— After stripping Robert E. Lee’s name from its high school, members of the Staunton School Board settled on “Staunton High School” as the building’s new name. (News Leader)
— The General Assembly’s House and Senate finance committees are holding retreats this week to, among other things, discuss how to collect and spend sales tax from out-of-state online shops. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
— Virginia’s 11-member congressional delegation has never included three women at once. Election night changed that. (The Washington Post)
— Longtime Norfolk activist Joe Cook died. He advocated for civil liberties, transparency in government and the environment, most recently seeking to hold Norfolk Southern accountable for coal dust collecting at homes near the company’s terminal. (The Virginian-Pilot)
— Fall colors have peaked in Shenandoah National Park. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)