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New manufacturer brings nearly 2,500 jobs to Southwest Virginia and more headlines

By: - October 5, 2021 7:53 am
Virginia Mercury

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• A medical glove factory is expected to bring almost 2,500 new jobs to Southwest Virginia, according to Gov. Ralph Northam’s office, “a number of jobs per capita equivalent to Amazon’s new headquarters in Arlington.” The project is backed by state and federal funding.—Associated Press, Cardinal News

• Suffolk school administrators say they’re investigating whether a 10-year-old girl who died of COVID-19 had been asked to walk sick students to the nurse’s office.—Virginian-Pilot

• Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman who grew up in Virginia, have sued a pharmaceutical company they contend profited from medical breakthroughs using cancer cells taken from Lacks’ body in 1951 without her consent.—Washington Post

• The Washington Football Team’s head trainer has been put on leave after authorities searched the team’s training facility in Ashburn as part of an unexplained federal investigation.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Mail delivery has been so bad in the Charlottesville area that U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has gotten involved and mail carriers have been called in from around the state for a “surge.”—Daily Progress

• A Roanoke city councilman is facing new charges alleging he defrauded the city’s economic development authority.—Roanoke Times

• Some Virginia election officials are reporting an uptick in people mailing back incomplete absentee ballots lacking a witness signature. That rule was waived during the pandemic but is back in effect for the November elections.—WRIC

• The 151-year-old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is getting a makeover.—Virginian-Pilot


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