NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
— Small bookstore owners are definitely not excited about the Amazon deal and plan to lobby against it during the coming General Assembly session. “I actually voted for people who are using my tax dollars to put me out of business. In no world is that fair or right.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
— As the trial of James Fields enters its second week, prosecutors are trying to prove the car attack was fueled by anger at protesters while Fields’ defense attorneys have said they will offer witnesses who show he feared for his safety and was scared. Fields’ team unsuccessfully tried to prevent prosecutors from showing the jury memes he posted online before the attack showing a car smashing into a group of people along with the text “You have the right to protest, but I’m late for work.” (Associated Press, WTOP)
— Sen. Bill Carrico and Del. Israel O’Quinn, both Republicans, say they will carry legislation that would pave the way for a resort casino in Bristol, but only if locals support the idea in a referendum. (Bristol Herald Courier)
— Deschutes Brewery is no longer planning to break ground on a new plant in Roanoke in 2019, citing slowing growth of the craft brewery market. (The Roanoke Times)
— Five million dollars, part of a mitigation package negotiated between state officials and Dominion Energy for its Atlantic Coast Pipeline, will go to an Albemarle park. The pipeline route does not include Albemarle. (The Daily Progress)
— The Greater Washington Partnership, a group of corporate leaders from Richmond to Baltimore, is calling on Chesterfield County to expand bus service to improve access to jobs. The county owns half of the Richmond-area bus system but only helps pay for one route with a single stop in the county. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
— Congresswoman-elect Abigail Spanberger says that, as promised, she voted against Nancy Pelosi for speaker. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
— Officials in Roanoke announced they will rename the city’s courthouse for landmark civil rights attorney Oliver Hill. (The Roanoke Times)
— Students at Liberty University are launching an independent student newspaper following repeated and high profile instances of censorship at the school-sponsored. (The News & Advance)
— A brawl in the waiting room of the Norfolk social services office left a man waiting to pick up an assistance check in a coma and is raising questions about security at the office. (The Virginian-Pilot)
— An inmate at Virginia’s maximum security Red Onion State Prison attacked and injured two guards, giving one puncture wounds and breaking the other’s knee, according to state officials. (Associated Press)
— A former lounge singer-turned lawyer who passed the bar without attending law school has gotten three clients pardoned by the governor this year. (The Virginian-Pilot)
— A beautiful swamp rainbow appeared in the woods of First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. (The Virginian-Pilot)
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