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Hampton electoral board chair resigns, Youngkin rescinds plastics order and more Va. headlines

By: - April 11, 2022 8:02 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

  • Hampton Electoral Board chair David Dietrich resigned on Saturday, two days after it was revealed he had posted racist comments on Facebook about Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore following the Jan. 6 riots in Washington D.C. Gov. Glenn Youngkin had taken to Twitter on Saturday to call for Dietrich’s resignation. — WAVY, WTOP 
  • Youngkin has rescinded former Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order that required state agencies reporting to the executive branch to stop purchasing single-use plastic or polystyrene containers and to phase out their use over the next four years. In its place, Youngkin issued an executive order that calls for expanding recycling and attracting more recycling businesses to the state. — The Washington Post
  • Some in the state are calling for changes to the legislative calendar, saying lawmakers do not have enough time to do “the people’s work.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A bill that would give localities the authority to sue negligent landlords over matters that endanger tenants’ health is awaiting Youngkin’s action. — The Virginian-Pilot
  • A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the U.S. military cannot discharge HIV-positive service members or keep them from becoming officers. — Associated Press
  • Youngkin will donate $43,750 — his first quarter salary — to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program, which provides counseling to emergency responders. During his campaign, Youngkin, a multimillionaire, promised to donate his $175,000 state salary. — The Washington Post
  • U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts responded to an emergency application by parents fighting the new admission policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology by asking for a response from the Fairfax County Public School system. The school board has until Wednesday to respond, after which Roberts would decide whether to refer the case to the full court. — Associated Press
  • Areshini Pather, deputy commonwealth’s attorney for Charlottesville, will become a judge in Virginia’s 16th Judicial District in December, replacing Judge Richard E. Moore who is retiring. She and 10 others were elected by the General Assembly to serve in juvenile and domestic relations district courts throughout Virginia. — The Daily Progress
  • The Spotsylvania woman whose life was dramatically changed after bites from a copperhead left her with a severely disabling condition will find out next month if a judge will let her lawsuit against Rare Hospitality International, the owner of Longhorn Restaurant where she was bitten, move forward. — Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
  • If Virginia ABC approves, residents of Danville will soon be able to walk around the city’s River District drinking a beer or cocktail. The city council last week approved an ordinance creating a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in the River District. State ABC approval could take up to 90 days. — Cardinal News

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