NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin re-upped his calls for an “audit” of Virginia’s voting machines.—POLITICO
• Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s campaign is trying to rally Taylor Swift fans by highlighting Youngkin’s connection to a dispute between the singer and a manager who bought her master recordings.—The Verge
• McAuliffe’s campaign is refusing to back up his debate-stage claim he lost money investing with Youngkin’s company.—Axios
• Democrats are accusing Republicans of deploying racist imagery in election mailers depicting Black delegates as puppets hoisted off the ground by ropes.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Rapper Pharrell Williams says his Something in the Water festival won’t be returning to Virginia Beach. He cited the police shooting of his cousin, Donovon Lynch, and the city’s “toxic energy.”—Virginian-Pilot
• The historic Homestead resort is getting fixed up to the tune of $120 million. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime project.”—Cardinal News
• Labor unions want Fairfax County to beef up a collective bargaining ordinance the county board is scheduled to vote on this month.—Washington Post
• Police say a Hopewell teenager accidentally shot himself while trying to put together a 3D-printed gun.—WRIC
• A Culpeper County supervisor called his colleagues “a bunch of wimps” for not supporting his failed effort to pass an anti-vaccine mandate resolution. Another proposal would’ve pulled funding from nonprofit community groups requiring vaccines.—Culpeper Star-Exponent
• To reduce hiking traffic on Virginia’s Old Rag, park officials are considering making visitors buy tickets.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “Southwest Virginia now has armadillos.”—Cardinal News
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