Another ‘second amendment sanctuary’, poor oversight of social services, a panhandling dog and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• A grand jury in Virginia Beach indicted the city’s former economic development director on 14 counts of felony embezzlement. He had been accused of using “city funds totaling up to at least $57,162.56 over a four-year period to pay for personal expenses and entertainment.”—The Virginian Pilot

• Virginia’s decentralized social services departments fail to meet standards year after year but the state has “no formal process to ensure they come into compliance.” It’s a problem state auditors first recommended correcting 40 years ago.—The Roanoke Times

• Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s campaign is the first to submit the requisite 5,000 signatures (at least 200 from each Congressional district) to appear on the ballot here.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Rep. Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, said on Monday that he has requested a recount after the State Board of Elections certified that he lost to Democrat Nancy Guy by 27 votes out of more than 20,000 cast.”—Associated Press

• Del. John McGuire, R-Goochland, is the latest Republican to announce plans to run against U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger next year, bringing the field of potential contenders to six.—The Washington Post

• “A Major League Baseball proposal to sever ties with 42 minor league baseball teams could affect two Virginia communities that have deep ties to the sport, Bristol and Danville.”—News Leader

• Supporters of a plan to combine majority-white schools with majority-black schools in Richmond “turned out en masse” at a public hearing on redrawing school boundaries, countering an initial backlash among residents of one wealthy neighborhood that the superintendent said reminded him of massive resistance.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Appomattox County became the second in the state to symbolically declare itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary” in response to Democratic wins in the election this month. “These delegates do not hold our beliefs, they don’t know what it’s like to be out in the country.”—The News & Advance

• Community college enrollment is continuing to fall.—The Roanoke Times

• A stray dog in Virginia Beach taught itself to panhandle. Authorities say she sits by a busy roadway most mornings waiting for people to drop off food and is so well fed she’s been impossible to lure into a trap. “She’s not missed any meals, and she has not missed any desserts either. If you were given green beans or if you were given cake, which would you eat?”—The Virginian-Pilot

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