Norfolk Southern owes Virginia; school safety reports differ on guns; protests on black lung medical benefits and more headlines

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♦ Norfolk Southern promised Virginia it would keep its headquarters in downtown Norfolk until 2026 in exchange for about $4 million in incentives. Now that the company is moving its to Atlanta, it has to pay the state and city back. (The Virginian-Pilot)

♦ Republicans and Democrats came out with their own reports on school safety this week, and there’s a big difference between the two: guns. (The Daily Press)

♦ A federal appeals court ruled that the University of Mary Washington could have done more to protect its students from online harassment. The court said it “could not conclude that UMW could turn a blind eye to the sexual harassment that pervaded and disrupted its campus solely because the offending conduct took place through cyberspace.” (The Washington Post)

♦ A group in Abingdon gathered outside of U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s office on Thursday to protest the loss of some black lung medical benefits, which will decrease by 55 percent next year without Congressional action. (Bristol Herald Courier)

♦ The Virginia Lottery is investigating three of the state’s most frequent lottery winners and three retailers’ licenses. (The Virginian-Pilot)

♦ The parents of a Hampden-Sydney College freshman who died after excessive drinking have reached a settlement with the school and two fraternities. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

♦ Since reports in June of alleged abuse at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, the population at the facility has dropped. (Staunton News Leader)

♦ A debt collection agency is bringing 500 jobs to Danville. (Danville Register & Bee)

♦ Norfolk hasn’t paid some nonprofit groups — including those that run its homeless and domestic violence shelters — for months, and now owes about $650,000. City council members called it “shameful.” (The Virginian-Pilot)

♦ A Middleburg man has pled guilty to selling items made from endangered species, including crocodiles, sea turtles and sawfish. (Associated Press)

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