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Northam term draws to a close and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 10, 2022 8:02 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Three years after the blackface scandal nearly ended his career, Gov. Ralph Northam is leaving office as what some describe as “the most consequential Virginia governor of the modern era.”—Washington Post

• Northam pardoned a man convicted in a decades-old Portsmouth murder case.—Virginian-Pilot

• Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced cabinet picks for secretary of transportation and secretary of the commonwealth.—Washington Post

• Democrats in the Senate say they have enough votes to block the confirmation of former Trump EPA chief Andrew Wheeler as Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources.—The Hill

• The Virginia General Assembly is still working on a backup IT system after a ransomware attack last month.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state office that handles birth, death and marriage certificates is cutting back call center service due to staff shortages caused by COVID-19.—WTOP

• The city of Portsmouth agreed to pay $300,000 to Sen. Louise Lucas to settle the defamation lawsuit she filed in connection to a 2020 protest at a Confederate monument. The former police chief Lucas sued didn’t agree to the settlement.—13News Now

• Roughly 900 Richmond families could be impacted as the city’s public housing authority prepares to resume evictions.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Shifting estimates for when power might be restored added to the frustrations of Charlottesville-area residents hit hard by last week’s winter storm.—Daily Progress

• A civilian search party found the body of a 34-year-old Louisa County man who abandoned his truck during the snowstorm to try to walk home.—WRIC

• The fate of roughly 5,000 Afghan refugees staying at Virginia’s Fort Pickett remains unclear.—Cardinal News

• Advocates are trying to raise $140,000 for a statue of Henrietta Lacks in Roanoke.—Roanoke Times

• Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is joining the fight against a planned data center near the “hallowed ground” of Manassas Battlefield National Park.—Prince William Times

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