Northam administration asks colleges to see where budgets can be cut; Chesapeake might abandon its recycling program and more headlines

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• “The most sweeping lawsuit against the promoters of the Charlottesville white power rally has been churning toward trial for two years. … In that time, lawyers have been methodically pursuing a case that could demonstrate how to use the courts to combat extremism in an age when the internet has provided a global megaphone for ideas once limited to an isolated fringe.” —The New York Times

• A Charlottesville judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against C-VILLE Weekly and a UVA professor who linked a local man’s defense of Confederate statues to his family’s history of slave ownership. —WVTF

• Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration, fearing a budget crunch next year, asked state college and university leaders to identify potential budget cuts they might be able to stomach. “New policies are going to be tough to fund without new revenues or substituting something we’re already doing.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Vice President Mike Pence, whose staff said last month he planned to tour swing congressional districts won by Democrats to make them “pay for impeachment,” announced a visit to Louisa, an area represented by Rep. Abigail Spanberger. —Associated Press

• Political strategists expect an uptick in attacks against Democrats over their handling of the sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. —WVTF

• Chesapeake is the latest city considering abandoning its recycling program as costs continue to rise. “There’s so much recycling material with nowhere to go.” —The Virginian-Pilot

• UVA Health System established a community advisory council “to help determine new billing and collections practices.” —The Daily Progress

• Bon Secours Mercy Health, a Catholic hospital chain with a large presence in Central Virginia, bought Petersburg’s Southside Regional Medical Center and two affiliated hospitals in Franklin and Emporia. —The Progress-Index

• Norfolk city leaders are trying out a new way to get feedback from residents on their latest budget proposal: Meet them at breweries. —The Virginian-Pilot

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