Horse racing makes a comeback; sunken graves in Portsmouth; affordable housing funded by Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville and more headlines

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♦ Republicans have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop a lower court’s process of redrawing Virginia’s electoral maps. Going forward would confuse voters, leaders said. –Richmond Times-Dispatch)

♦ U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock seems to have her post-Congress plans figured out: She’s in talks to move her leadership program for middle and high-school girls to George Mason University. – The Washington Post

Richmond officials won’t release plans for a proposed coliseum redevelopment project, and now a resident is taking legal action to see them. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia Beach’s second-ever treasurer said he plans to resign after more than four decades in the post. “I think my biggest accomplishment is I modernized the office,” John Atkinson, the city’s treasurer said. “They don’t need me anymore.” – The Virginian-Pilot

A former employee at Langley Air Force Base said Wednesday she faked the amount of overtime she worked for more than 17 years, earning $1.46 million over that time. She faces up to 15 years in prison, plus fines. – The Daily Press

Two residents in Craig County are suing the security company working for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying they were wrongly accused to trespassing on a construction right-of-way. – The Roanoke Times

A man from Prince George County shot himself in the head after appearing in court for child pornography charges and finding out he could be charged with other crimes. He was transported to the hospital. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

If Amtrak extended its service to Bristol- instead of ending in Roanoke- up to 99,000 more riders could use the service, a study found. It was the ninth study about bringing passenger rail to the area. – Bristol Herald Courier

A Fairfax County mosque got permission to resume pre-dawn prayer services from the Board of Zoning Appeals. Noise generated from closing car doors and locking cars early in the morning still concern a nearby homeowners’ association. – WAMU

A hometown show by Dave Matthews Band will help fund a $5 million donation to support affordable housing in Charlottesville. – The Daily Progress

Graves at a Portsmouth cemetery were sinking, revealing remains and caskets. The city said sunken graves are common when there’s been a lot of rain. – The Virginian-Pilot

Live horse racing will begin in Virginia again next August. Regulators approved a new license for Colonial Downs and the track is planning to host 30 races next year. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

The earliest known portrait of George Washington from before the Revolutionary War is now on display at his home in Mount Vernon. It’s on loan from Washington and Lee University for the next two years. – Associated Press

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