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Low expectations for special session; A new tally on fraudulent signatures and Confederate imagery in Albemarle schools

By: - August 27, 2018 7:52 am
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  • The special session of the General Assembly called by Gov. Northam this week to redraw House districts in response to a federal court ruling isn’t expected to yield new maps or much of anything else. – WVTF
  • Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart appeared together at a Virginia Tech forum. Stewart complained about a “cult” of political correctness on college campuses, Kaine said campuses should welcome civil debate but not hate speech. – The Roanoke Times
  • A review of every signature on disputed political petitions tied to U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor’s campaign staff found four dead people and 59 fraudulent signatures. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • State investigators said guards at two jails falsified records after failing to check on inmates who died. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Albemarle County School Board members say they won’t ban Confederate imagery in schools but do plan to “move forward with a new policy that opts to help explain to students how their attire can be offensive to others.” – The Daily Progress
  • None of the congressional representatives in Hampton Roads think Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s guilty plea brings Trump any closer to impeachment. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • A female president is leading William & Mary for the first time in the college’s 325 years. Katherine Rowe came from Smith College and called it “an incredible honor.” – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A Richmond launch party for a campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia drew about 600. Only one more state needs to ratify the amendment. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Third-grade SOL reading scores dropped for the second year in a row, which experts call “the most important predictor of a student’s future academic success.” – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A 1,000-acre, 125-megawatt solar project is proposed for Augusta County. – The News Virginian
  • Elected officials in Chesterfield County have a habit of stepping down early so they can hand pick an interim successor who typically goes on to win elections. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • The Port of Virginia says Trump’s tariffs on Chinese-made cranes could harm its expansion plans. – The Associated Press
  • One of the women featured in “Hidden Figures” turned 100. “I’m just lucky – the Lord likes me,” she said. – Daily Press
  • The Goodyear blimp visited the company’s Danville plant. – Danville Register and Bee
  • The suspected gunman in the mass shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., was a 24-year-old from Maryland. — The New York Times
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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.