Newport News Shipbuilding settles discrimination suit, Shenandoah cattle farmers concerned about PRIME Act, a self-driving shuttle bus, and more headlines

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• A Washington Post/Schar School poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with an 11-point lead in Virginia over President Donald Trump. “If Biden can win by double digits in Virginia, I think this election is over,” said Mark Rozell, dean of GMU’s Schar School of Policy and Government.—Washington Post

• Trump signed an executive order this week that would give him more power to hire and fire federal workers in a second term, drawing sharp criticism from Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Fairfax.—New York Times

• Newport News Shipbuilding agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by Black job applicants.—Daily Press

• Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge in a case long delayed by his lawyer, Del. Jeff Campbell, R-Smyth, who repeatedly invoked his legislative privilege to get court continuances.—Associated Press

• With about 9,400 people voting early per day in Fairfax County, some are standing in line for two hours. After weeks of long waits, voting advocates have pushed the county to take steps to speed up the process.—Washington Post

• Frederick Water says it’s disconnecting utility service for 30 to 70 accounts per day after resuming shutoffs for delinquent payments last week.—Winchester Star

• Shenandoah Valley farmers say they have concerns about the PRIME Act, a congressional push to reduce regulations on meat processing. “I think it’ll give the cattle industry a bad name if one person gets sick.”—Daily News-Record

• A self-driving shuttle bus made its debut in Northern Virginia, “looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that seats six.”—Associated Press

• The haunted-house industry is also adjusting to the pandemic. That means masks under monster outfits and social distancing. “Usually we’re a very intense show; we’re in your face. This year, we’ve taken a step back.”—Richmond BizSense

• A live 100 pound bomb from World War II washed up on the Outer Banks. The Navy plans to detonate it this morning.—Virginian-Pilot

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