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Details on Youngkin inauguration, troopers sue over overtime and more headlines

By: - December 8, 2021 8:14 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• “Incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is planning a celebratory inaugural weekend that will include a mix of high-dollar ticketed events and other functions open to the public, according to a program that also touts an appearance by an unspecified Grammy-winning musical artist.”—Associated Press

• As Gov. Ralph Northam continues his farewell tour of the state, he “is pitching large pay increases for state troopers, corrections officers and deputy sheriffs in his outgoing budget, describing them as necessary to boost retention and fill empty positions.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Republican delegate who opposed Virginia joining a regional carbon market is now proposing that part of its revenues be used to set up a flood relief fund after the town of Hurley in Buchanan County was devastated by floods this August.—Cardinal News

• Two Virginia state troopers are suing the state, saying the Virginia State Police has not paid them for overtime work dating back to January 2021. The police association says nearly 30 other troopers also haven’t been paid what they are owed.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “A California-based maker of electric pickup trucks and other vehicles is looking to open three service centers in Virginia, including one in the Richmond area.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “The Washington region now has 124,600 more people holding down jobs than it did a year ago, putting the local area near the top nationally in employment rebounds.”—InsideNova

• Harrisonburg’s school board voted to keep police in schools as resource officers as part of a program review that will now occur annually.—Daily News-Record

• Loudoun is the latest county to allow employees such as firefighters, maintenance workers, mental health nurses and librarians to enter into collective bargaining.—Loudoun Times

• Charlottesville is struggling with high turnover in leadership positions. “It’s a lot harder when there’s no city manager, human resources director.”—Daily Progress

• The developer of Danville’s planned casino, which will be one of the first in Virginia after the General Assembly legalized casinos in five cities in 2020, is issuing a request for construction proposals.—Danville Register & Bee

• The superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park called a plan to allow data centers on adjacent land “the single greatest threat” to the park in nearly 30 years.—Prince William Times

• A boat decorated with a “coded insult” to President Joe Biden won the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade contest Saturday and then was stripped of its award because of its “overt political message.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Drought conditions are worsening in Southside Virginia.—Martinsville Bulletin

• A poacher illegally killed a rare albino deer and her albino fawn in Patrick County. “It was just so rare. I’m a deer hunter, but I wouldn’t kill an albino and certainly not its fawn.”—Martinsville Bulletin

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