Loving a lack of unions; Fairfax says witness can corroborate claims; Arlington’s payroll system hacked; Wilder investigation concludes and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• CNBC named Virginia the “Top State for Business” in its latest rankings, concluding we have “the best workforce in the country” combined with “minimal union presence – something companies prize.” – CNBC

• An Ikea plant in Danville shut down, leaving 300 workers jobless. The company has manufactured its ubiquitous cube-shaped shelving units there since 2008, but said the cost of materials in the U.S. got too high to continue production. – Danville Register & Bee

• A lawyer representing the family of a victim in the Virginia Beach shooting called lawmakers’ decision to adjourn Tuesday’s special session insulting. “Everyone who voted to go home should just stay home and make room for new leaders.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• The special session cost taxpayers about $45,000 in per-diem and mileage reimbursements for delegates and senators. – WRIC

• An inmate at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women who sued the state alleging “life-threatening mismanagement of her medication” died this week. Her request for court intervention into her health care, which state prison officials opposed, was still pending. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A VCU investigation found former Gov. Doug Wilder kissed a 20-year-old student without her consent, but cleared him of three other allegations: sexual exploitation, sex- or gender-based discrimination, and retaliation. – The Washington Post

• Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says an unnamed witness can corroborate his claims that a 2000 sexual encounter with Meredith Watson was consensual. A spokeswoman for Fairfax “could not clarify whether that person merely witnessed the sexual encounter or says he was a participant.” – The Washington Post

• Intruders hacked into Arlington County’s payroll system and altered employees’ paychecks. Officials say the checks were corrected but they don’t yet know if they lost any money in the attack. – The Washington Post

• The organization that created the free speech wall on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall quietly shut down. – C-VILLE

• The last dairy farm in Powhatan County is packing up shop and moving to Cumberland as part of a merger. “It really was the only way I saw to be able to stay in the business and make it and him, too.” – Powhatan Today

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