Republicans cancel Crime Commission meeting; Freitas officially wins his write-in campaign; NASA ‘Hidden Figures’ get congressional recognition and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• “Virginia Republicans have canceled a meeting where they were to present GOP-backed proposals to curb gun violence.”—Associated Press

• Immigration and migration over the past decade shifted the demographics of the suburbs where Democrats claimed key victories in last week’s election. “Virginia is now the land of Indian grocery stores, Korean churches and Diwali festivals. The state population has boomed — up by 38 percent since 1990, with the biggest growth in densely settled suburban areas. One in 10 people eligible to vote in the state were born outside the United States, up from one in 28 in 1990.”—The New York Times

• Virginia Republicans are wrestling with the party’s historic losses. “Republicans — we’ve been running campaigns in Virginia the same way for 20 years. … Calling someone a socialist isn’t enough anymore.”—The Washington Post

• With a 26-vote lead, Democrat Nancy Guy is declaring victory in her race against Republican Del. Chris Stolle in Virginia Beach.—The Virginian-Pilot

• The Culpeper County Electoral Board made it official: Republican Del. Nick Freitas won his write-in campaign. Board members reviewed 17 pages of spelling variations of his name to determine which they would accept. Among those that wound up in the reject pile were ballots marked Fleis, Forres, Foy, Freims, Freton (“Like a futon?”), NICKTKLE, and Freitag Freitag. “I don’t know how they could screw up his name that much,” one board member mused.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Public housing officials in Richmond announced a temporary freeze on evictions following weeks of criticism that succeeded an effort to evict 10 percent of residents from one community in a single day.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The feds arrested a Chesapeake doctor last week on charges he was performing unwanted hysterectomies and other surgeries on patients.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Dominion is looking to build several new plants between 2022 and 2024, which would likely produce energy from natural gas.—Utility Dive

• Radford University admitted one of its employees was responsible for the theft of 1,000 copies of the student newspaper last month, which contained a photo administrators found distasteful.—The Roanoke Times

• “Four historic ‘hidden figures’ from NASA Langley Research Center will receive Congressional Gold Medals for their pioneering work during the space race and beyond.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• A 93-year-old veteran whose high school education was interrupted by World War II will receive an honorary diploma during a Veterans Day ceremony in Mechanicsville today.—Associated Press

• It’s last call for leaf-peepers.—News Leader

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