Luria said she’s ready to vote on articles of impeachment; Norfolk casino opponents could force a second city council vote and more headlines

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• Democrat Cheryl Turpin conceded Virginia Beach’s open 7th Senate District seat to Republican Jen Kiggans, who led by 515 votes, which was within the margin for a recount.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Two House Republicans are vying for minority leader: Del. Todd Gilbert, the outgoing majority leader, and Del. Terry Kilgore, the outgoing chair of the House’s Commerce and Labor Committee. “Gilbert, 49, cultivates an intimidating image, although he is personally friendly with some of the chamber’s most liberal Democrats. Kilgore has a softer touch and helped lead the Republican caucus to support Medicaid expansion in 2017. Gilbert never budged on the issue.”—The Washington Post

• Democrats’ wins Tuesday make it appear likely the state will join a regional coalition to reduce carbon emissions.—Daily Press

• U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Norfolk, says she’s heard enough on the impeachment inquiry and is prepared to vote in favor of any articles of impeachment that might be drafted.—Daily Press

• A Virginia Beach judge jailed a witness for 10 days because she slammed the door to his courtroom in anger.—The Virginian-Pilot

• A community grocery store in Richmond bankrolled by a local CEO who wanted to open the shop in a food desert has lost “millions” in its first six months as price-conscious shoppers continue to prefer the Walmart four miles up the road or the Dollar Tree across the street. “We just have to go through some bumps,” the store’s manager says.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Casino opponents in Norfolk say they have enough signatures to force the City Council to vote again on a land-sale agreement with the Pamunkey tribe.—The Virginian-Pilot

• The Metro board forced Arlington County member Christian Dorsey to “return a $10,000 campaign contribution from the transit system’s largest union and give up his finance committee chairmanship as punishment for breaking ethics rules regarding the donation.”—The Washington Post

• Sixty years after a commercial airliner slammed into a mountain outside of Charlottesville, volunteers returned a piece of the wreckage that had been scavenged from the site, rolling the wheel from the landing gear back to the remains of the fuselage. “It was a piece of history that belonged to the site.”—WTOP

• “A top-secret and secure federal government facility just northwest of Warrenton admitted Tuesday that it may be responsible for crippling dozens of garage door openers in two nearby subdivisions.”—Fauquier Now

• No, you can’t recycle pizza boxes, and the management kindly requests that you stop trying.—The Virginian-Pilot

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