Possible incentive repayments from Norfolk Southern; French teacher fired for refusing to use student’s preferred pronouns; Virginians already prepping for big snow storm and other news

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♦ Though Norfolk Southern hasn’t made any official announcements that it will move its headquarters to Atlanta, the city continues to plan for it, most recently by approving a $600 million bond. But should it happen, Virginia and Norfolk could be due for repayment of up to $4 million in incentives it paid the company to keep its headquarters in Norfolk two years ago. (The Virginian-Pilot)

♦ James Fields Jr.’s case is now in the hands of a jury, who must decide if he acted with malice when he drove his car at 28 mph into a crowd of counter-protests in August 2017, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. (The Daily Progress)

♦ A French teacher at West Point High School was fired on Thursday for refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns, saying his Christian faith prevented him from referring to the student by his preferred pronouns. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

♦ The deaf and mute immigrant whose been waiting 13 years for trial will have to wait longer, after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that it doesn’t have the jurisdiction to hear his case, nor does the Virginia Court of Appeals. (The Daily Press)

♦ With a new member just appointed, the Rockbridge Board of Social Services now has full membership again after five departures this year while it was under investigation by the Virginia statewide Board of Social Services. (The Roanoke Times)

♦ A new study estimates that Virginia will see $14.2 billion in economic activity over the next 12 years from Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington County. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

♦ The first grants from a $27.5 million fund to offset environmental damage created by the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have been awarded to forest conservation projects in Southwest Virginia. (The Roanoke Times)

♦ A new $12 million marine technologies lab is planning to set up shop in Newport News, where it will develop marine electric propulsion and autonomous system technologies. (The Daily Press)

♦ Another big storm is heading for Virginia, this time due to bring snow to different parts of the state, and residents in some areas are already prepping. (The Roanoke TimesThe Daily PressMartinsville Bulletin)

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Katie O'Connor
Katie, a Manassas native, has covered health care, commercial real estate, law, agriculture and tourism for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond BizSense and the Northern Virginia Daily. Last year, she was named an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Health Journalism Fellow, a program to aid journalists in making national health stories local and using data in their reporting. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of The Flat Hat, the college paper, and editor-in-chief of The Gallery, the college’s literary magazine.