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Mondelez workers’ strike ends with agreement and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 20, 2021 7:56 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• “Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a tight race for Virginia governor, with McAuliffe standing at 50 percent to 47 percent for Youngkin among likely voters in a Washington Post-Schar School poll.”—Washington Post

• In a shift from recent election cycles, Republicans in Virginia are encouraging their supporters to cast ballots early this time around.—Washington Post

• Fact checkers at PolitiFact gave McAuliffe and Youngkin mixed reviews for their statements during the first of two gubernatorial debates last week.—VPM

• “A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates apologized Friday night after tweeting an insulting comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax), which Democrats said relied on an antisemitic trope.”—Washington Post

• Striking bakery workers at Mondelez International Inc. said they’ll return to work after agreeing to a contract that maintains health benefits and provides annual raises.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Four years in, landowners in Southwest Virginia are still in court fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s use of eminent domain.—Roanoke Times

• “Northern Virginia officials wanted to tax plastic bags for years. And now they will.”—Washington Post

• The town of Tazewell announced it was temporarily closing its police department amid an increase in COVID-19 cases.—Bluefield Daily Telegraph

• Police officials in Danville say with 20 vacant positions, they’re barely able to cover their staffing needs. “We’re at that tipping point.”—Danville Register & Bee

• Chesterfield County school officials say they won’t be able to implement a COVID-19 testing program for students because the district doesn’t have enough nurses.—VPM

• The sheriff in Portsmouth agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of a woman who died in the city jail after staff ignored her drug withdrawal symptoms.—Virginian-Pilot

• Officials are still investigating a riot at the Lynchburg city jail that left a maximum-security unit trashed. Details remain sparse on what might have led inmates to barricade themselves in for 14 hours.—News & Advance

• “A former cop and soldier who ambushed and shot three deputies last summer will spend more than two decades in prison for his crimes.”—Wytheville Enterprise

• The ground shook and a loud boom rang out in the Shenandoah Valley, prompting hundreds of 911 calls. NASA says it was most likely a very large meteor.—WHSV


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