NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin told representatives of the tourism industry he will declare Virginia “open for business” the day he is inaugurated. “We will not have shutdowns, we will not have lockdowns — we will be open.” Youngkin has said he would not intervene to stop local governments from implementing their own vaccine and mask requirements.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, WAVY
• Gov. Ralph Northam spoke to VMI cadets in a private speech, urging students to embrace change and defending his administration’s push to make the school more inclusive.—Washington Post
• “Virginia Republicans are on track to win a majority in the House of Delegates, according to results certified by the state on Monday. But two races where Republicans are leading by razor-thin margins are eligible for recounts, leaving open a remote possibility of a 50-50 split in the chamber.”—Associated Press
• “The Virginia Supreme Court on Monday extended the deadline for submitting the names of new redistricting special master candidates until 5 p.m. Wednesday, but denied a Republican request for a conference call with the court.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• White supremacist organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville turned on each other in court testimony Monday, with Jason Kessler, who evidence showed urged attendees to mislead police about the event, calling Richard Spencer “slimy,” “cold,” “inhuman,” and a “serial killer.” “You just were despicable to everyone you ever came in contact with.”—Washington Post
• Rent in Richmond has climbed 11 percent so far this year, the highest increase in decades.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Spotsylvania’s school board voted to reverse its demand that sexually explicit books be removed from school libraries after hearing hours of angry testimony from students, teachers and librarians.—FOX5
• Roanoke plans to ban people from camping on sidewalks after homeless encampments sprang up this summer.—Roanoke Times
• “The Virginia teen whose sexual assault of a classmate in a high school bathroom touched off a local and national political firestorm pleaded no contest Monday to inappropriately touching a second girl at another school.”—Washington Post
• The state expanded its toll relief program for low-income people who regularly travel through tunnels in Hampton Roads. The new benefit could add up to as much as $650 a year.—Virginian-Pilot
• An unseasonably warm October is responsible for pushing the fall foliage season deep into November. “Trees need to be told it’s cold out — stop photosynthesizing. And they don’t have the cue because it’s so much warmer.”—NBC12
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