Sen. Amanda Chase ousted from local GOP; Optima is issuing rebate checks for over-charging insurance holders and more headlines

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• The Chesterfield County GOP ousted state Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, for attacking the county’s Republican sheriff and promoting an independent challenger. “It’s a train wreck in slow motion,” the sheriff, Karl Leonard, said. “There’s so many people trying to get her back on the tracks, but she just doesn’t listen.” – The Washington Post

• The number of grand theft cases in Virginia has dropped 33 percent since the General Assembly voted to raise the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500. “It’s fair to say that that was exactly what we wanted to have happen, and I’m glad that’s happening,” said state Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Dominion Energy has filed a plan with the state to spend $594 million over the next three years modernizing Virginia’s electrical grid, which it says would cost customers an average of a little more than $1 per month.” – The Washington Post

• Optima, which charged Charlottesville-area residents the highest ACA insurance rates in the country in 2018, is now issuing 53,000 rebate checks to correct for over-charging. Following a review by regulators, the company’s 2020 rates are among the lowest in the state. – The Daily Progress

• A 12-year-old girl who accused her classmates of holding her down and cutting off her dreadlocks recanted, admitting the story was a lie. – The New York Times

• Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal — running to unseat Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach — began running a television ad featuring a survivor of the mass shooting in a city municipal building describing the attack and criticizing DeSteph for voting to postpone action on gun legislation. – The Virginian-Pilot

• “Nearly the exact same number of Virginia schools meet the state’s standards of accreditation in the second year of a system that officials have trumpeted as being a better way to judge schools.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• First Lady Pam Northam christened the newest ferry at VDOT’s Scotland-Jamestown river crossing, breaking a bottle of local craft beer on the ship. – The Virginia Gazette

• Bad news for leaf peepers: Virginia Tech’s resident fall foliage expert says drought conditions are making for dull fall colors. Expect a lot of brown. – The Roanoke Times

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