Inquiry into release of Spanberger’s security form; Newport News dreams big; Albemarle disavows Trump ‘chicken’ and other headlines
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Post Office ‘looking into’ whether it released Spanberger’s personnel file
Former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat running for Congress against Rep. Dave Brat, a Richmond-area Republican, accused a Republican PAC of obtaining her unredacted security clearance illegally.
But it looks like the group got it legally through a FOIA request, Buzzfeed News reports. In response to direct questions about whether they indeed released the documents, however, a spokesman for the post office would only say he was looking into the matter.
Even so, Spanberger’s supporters said the quick release (FOIA requests can take months and years) “strains credulity,” the Washington Post reported.
“I have never once heard of an SF-86 being released to the public pursuant to a FOIA request,” said Ned Price, a former CIA officer who has campaigned with her.
- Washington and Lee’s president said the school will construct a new history museum but won’t follow a commission’s recommendation that they stop holding events in Lee Chapel. The commission was tasked with reviewing the university’s Confederate symbols after the deadly white supremacist attack in Charlottesville. – The Roanoke Times
- Newport News wants to reimagine itself as a premiere regional destination. – The Daily Press
- A semi-conductor plant in Manassas is expanding, adding another 1,100 jobs with the help of a $70 million state grant. – The Washington Post
- Albemarle County officials released a statement that they had nothing to do — nor did the county provide electricity for — a large inflatable chicken that vaguely resembles Donald Trump when it appeared in front of their office building. – The Daily Progress
- The Virginia Flaggers, a group that has been placing Confederate flags on large poles near interstates around the state, said it’s hiring private security to patrol Confederate monuments in Charlottesville because they’re worried someone might try to pull them down. – The Daily Progress
- Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical, whose annual clinic provided free medical care for thousands, died. He was 82. – Bristol Herald Courier
- Henry County took steps toward joining dozens of other localities in suing drug companies behind the flood of opioids in the country. – The Martinsville Bulletin
- Amazon, unusually engaging in a public spat, and Bernie Sanders are beefing. — CNBC
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