Former Gov. Gerald Baliles dies at 79; 21 General Assembly candidates have spent $1 million so far and more headlines

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• “Former Gov. Gerald Baliles, a bookish Democrat credited with historic investments in transportation and economic development and who was elected in 1985 on a ticket that included the first African American and woman to win statewide office in Virginia, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 79.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Millions of dollars in campaign donations flooded into General Assembly races in the final weeks before Election Day. —The Washington Post

• “A record 21 candidates have spent $1 million so far in this year’s Virginia legislative elections. And before it’s over, another 15 candidates could reach seven figures for a part-time job with an annual salary less than $20,000.” —VPAP

• “Misdemeanor misfeasance and nonfeasance charges leveled against 14 current and former (Warren County) officials were dismissed Monday … because Judge Bruce Albertson said misfeasance and nonfeasance are not crimes in Virginia.” —The Northern Virginia Daily

• The William & Mary Workers’ Union launched a campaign for better benefits for graduate students. —Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

• A former UVA football player was convicted of fraud again for bilking former coaches and childhood friends of $10 million in a fraudulent investment scheme. He was found guilty of the same crime in 2017, but an appeals court ordered a new trial because the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported comments the judge made out of earshot of the jury, in which he remarked on the defendant’s total lack of credibility. —The Washington Post

• A federal gang trial in Danville continues to be derailed by late disclosure of evidence by the local prosecutor’s office. “I am dismayed, disappointed and outraged as I can be in regards to this discovery,” the judge said. The prosecutor responded that his delays weren’t intentional. “It was total sloppiness on my part.” —The Danville Register & Bee

• An independent candidate challenging state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, apologized after he was caught on camera removing Deeds’ campaign materials from a voter’s door and replacing them with his own. —The Daily Progress

• There’s not a single incumbent on the Chesterfield School Board seeking reelection.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Virginia’s unusual election calendar dates back to the state’s 1851 Constitution, which gave all white male property-holders over the age of 21 the right to vote and to directly elect the governor. The first statewide gubernatorial elections were held that December and continued in off-years ever since.” —VPM

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