NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, appears to have cinched support within his caucus to take over as speaker. He and his only announced competition, Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, reached an agreement in which Kilgore would support Gilbert for speaker and Gilbert would support Kilgore for majority leader.—WJHL
• Two close House races in Hampton Roads appear headed toward recounts, prompting House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, to walk back a statement she issued last week considering the GOP had won a majority in the chamber. “We’re just sort of waiting it out, seeing what we see,” her spokeswoman said.—Washington Post
• “The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to disqualify all three nominees tapped by Republican leadership to help it draw the state’s new congressional and legislative maps, calling them ‘political operatives’ with conflicts of interest.”—Washington Post
• Researchers found the Chesapeake Bay has warmed by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-1980s, squeezing fish habitat, lowering oxygen levels in the water and potentially leading to acidity and bacterial issues.—Daily Press
• Gov. Ralph Northam is heading to Europe this week for a trade and marketing mission.—Virginia Scope
• The city of Portsmouth paid out a total of $150,000 to 10 people who the city’s police department arrested last year in connection to vandalism of a Confederate monument. The charges were quickly dismissed amid allegations of malicious prosecution.—Virginian-Pilot
• After Richmond voters shot down a proposed casino, some members of the General Assembly say they’ll weigh whether to give a different central Virginia locality a shot at the development. “I think the opportunity is out there.”—Richmond BizSense
• A retired Virginia Department of Taxation finance manager accused of stealing nearly $1.3 million in public funds committed suicide before a court hearing in the case last month.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Virginia Beach unveiled a legislative agenda that includes barring city employees from running for local office.—Virginian-Pilot
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