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Republicans solidify two-seat majority in Va. House of Delegates and more state headlines

By: - December 9, 2021 8:14 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Republicans solidified their two-seat majority in the House of Delegates after a recount affirmed Republican A.C. Cordoza’s win over Democratic incumbent Martha Mugler in a close race in Hampton.—Washington Post

• “New maps proposed in Virginia’s redistricting process published Wednesday could deliver more compact districts and slightly more political opportunity for voters of color, but result in a scramble of incumbents across the state.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “With colder temperatures and people congregating for Thanksgiving, COVID-19 cases have risen the past 10 days in Virginia, mirroring a national trend.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Virginia’s pandemic rent relief program could run out as early as July 2022 after spending nearly $1 billion, a state official told lawmakers.”—VPM

• “Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles is spearheading the largest commercial test of technology that prevents a vehicle from moving forward if it detects the driver has had too much to drink.”—WTOP

• The steelworkers union at Newport News Shipbuilding has warned members to be prepared for a walkout next year. “There is no way to sugarcoat the bruising fight ahead.”—Daily Press

• “A subcontractor on the new General Assembly office building pleaded guilty to five counts of felony embezzlement for misclassifying workers they hired for the project as independent contractors to avoid paying state income taxes.”—WRIC

• A Northern Virginia library removed a display that placed the Bible and “a number of troll dolls” along with two books that activists have pushed to have removed from school libraries as pornographic and obscene.—Associated Press

• Loudoun’s board voted unanimously to rename two major highways honoring ardent segregationist Harry Byrd and Confederate commander John Mosby. The roads will revert to their original names of Leesburg Pike and Little River Turnpike, which were changed in the late 1960s and 1982.—Washington Post

• Three York County high schoolers were arrested after police received a report that they had exchanged texts threatening to shoot, bomb and burn down their school. Stafford police also said there had been two threats against their high school in a single day.—Virginian-Pilot, InsideNova

• Montgomery County’s school board tweaked their new policy on transgender students to offer stronger protections to those fearful of disclosing their status to their parents. “This in no way takes away parents’ right to know. It empowers students to be able to make a decision for themselves.”—Roanoke Times

• Danville’s city council rejected a motion to move local elections from May to November, in violation of a new state law that went into effect this July. “I don’t like Richmond telling localities when their elections should be,” said one council member.—Danville Register & Bee

• “A financial settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed by nine protesters over the police response to mass demonstrations in 2020.” In a statement, the Fredericksburg mayor praised the “professionalism” of the city’s police force.—Free Lance-Star

• Bristol, Tenn. is beginning legal action against Bristol, Va. over issues with the Virginia part of the city’s landfill, whose odors have caused months of tension.—Bristol Herald-Courier

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