NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• “Two incumbent Democrats who trail Republican challengers in close races in Virginia’s House of Delegates announced Tuesday that they will seek recounts, leaving control of the chamber in limbo.”—Associated Press
• State budget officials are projecting a record $13 billion in new state revenues over the next two years, an unprecedented sum that will give the incoming Youngkin administration plenty of opportunity to pursue campaign promises like eliminating the grocery tax.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• County leaders in Chesterfield are facing accusations of packing minority voters into a single district to protect the 4-1 majority Republicans hold on the board.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The lawsuit against organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally will proceed after a judge denied a motion to dismiss, ruling sufficient evidence had been presented to support a conclusion that the defendants came to Charlottesville to commit acts of violence.—Daily Progress
• The Virginia Court of Appeals denied James Fields Jr.’s appeal of his 2018 murder conviction for driving his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters. “We hold that the circuit court did not err by denying the motion to change venue or by admitting the memes, image of Adolf Hitler, and the recorded jail calls into evidence and the judgment of the circuit court is affirmed.”—Daily Progress
• “The Virginia Division of Capitol Police are investigating a racist voicemail left at the Emporia offices of Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Sussex) the weekend before she lost her seat in the Nov. 2 elections.”—VPM
• Virginia Tech expects to pay its outgoing football coach Justin Fuente $8.75 million to buy out his contract three years early.—Roanoke Times
• An Old Dominion University professor was put on administrative leave after an interview about his research into pedophilia went viral, drawing a widespread backlash.—Virginian-Pilot
• A Norfolk critical care doctor is suing Sentara for banning the use of ivermectin and other alternative treatments for COVID-19, arguing the hospital system is endangering lives by blocking the controversial treatment.—Virginian-Pilot
• An armadillo sighting in Roanoke is the northernmost report of the animal in Virginia.—Cardinal News
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