Luria and Spanberger call for impeachment if Ukraine allegations are true; Terry McAuliffe’s car is stolen in Washington D.C. and more headlines

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• Democratic Reps. Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger urged Congress to impeach Trump if allegations he pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden are true in an op-ed with five other freshman Democrats with national security backgrounds. – The Washington Post

• Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, released a recorded phone call to prove her campaign never approved language in an advertisement that said she would “shoot down” anti-gun activists. – The Washington Post

• With the city council scheduled to vote today, Norfolk residents and a councilwoman are concerned the city has rushed to a decision on selling waterfront property to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe for a casino. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A handful of news organizations are suing the Department of Corrections to allow citizen and media witnesses to view executions “from start to finish.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Arlington’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan to make the county carbon neutral by 2050. Critics, though, say that aim is both too aspirational and not ambitious enough. – ARLnow

• “A University of Virginia student has begun a nonprofit … to advocate to change the policy that bans sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood.” The nonprofit is called Homoglobin. – The Daily Progress

• Nearly four dozen students from the Bahamas landed in Richmond last night to attend Hampton University for free for a semester as their home country recovers from Hurricane Dorian. – NBC12

• Dry weather prompted several Southwest Virginia counties to issue burn bans to avoid fires. Areas without bans have experienced several fires in the last few days. – WSLS

• Prince William County candidate John Gray apologized for some offensive tweets he deleted but was less apologetic about others, “including one in 2017 that said the ‘bong and dildo holders’ who tried to impeach Trump would be met with ‘300 million weapons and an estimated 2 billion rounds of ammo’ in the conservative uprising that would be sure to follow.” – The Washington Post

• Virginia students on average did better on the SAT this year than students across the U.S. Data released Tuesday showed Virginia’s Class of 2019 had an average score of 1119 compared to a nationwide average of 1059. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe said his car was stolen Monday. “Went in for lunch … came out and car was stolen,” he tweeted. – The Washington Post

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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.