Storm’s toll increases; ‘Good ol’ boy’ system in Virginia Beach; MVP can’t have its wayward pipe back yet and more headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • A 43-year-old firefighter in Hanover County and a woman and her son swept away by rushing water in Charlotte County were among the six people confirmed killed during Tropical Storm Michael’s pass over Virginia. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • In Danville, three were killed by flash flooding when the vehicles they were driving were pulled into rising waters. – The Danville Register and Bee
  • Crews are still working to restore power outages around the state. – The Martinsville Bulletin
  • “We need to get rid of the cronyism in Virginia Beach, the good ol’ boy system,” said Gov. Ralph Northam at a private fundraiser in the city, which has faced criticism for passing over development proposals floated by African Americans, a charge local officials deny. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Two 80-foot sections of the Mountain Valley Pipeline washed off the construction site and onto land owned by an opponent of the project. The property owner said he’s not yet sure whether he’ll give the company permission to retrieve the massive debris. – The Roanoke Times
  • A “significant” natural gas explosion in Chesapeake injured nine people on Sunday night. The cause is not yet known. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • A poll released this morning put 2nd District U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican, at a seven-point lead over Democrat Elaine Luria, indicating voters might not be as worried as previously thought about the signature scandal that consumed his campaign. – The Washington Post
  • Fifth District Democratic congressional hopeful Leslie Cockburn’s famous daughter, actress Olivia Wilde, headlined a political rally Sunday night that drew 800. – The Washington Post
  • The state GOP sent out a mailer attacking Cockburn with the claim that “Basically, (she) hates America.” Cockburn called on her Republican opponent, Denver Riggleman, to condemn the “baseless attack on her love of country.” He did not. – The Washington Post
  • In the 7th Congressional District, Democrat Abigail Spanberger raised $3.6 million in the third quarter, about three times more than Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat. – The Washington Post
  • A record $9 million in outside spending was recorded in races around the state. – WVTF
  • A new nonprofit is working in Virginia to help 200,000 Virginians who are eligible to vote but lack the photo identification they need to cast their ballot on election day. – The Washington Post
  • In contrast to recent recommendations that came out of Washington and Lee University, a Virginia Tech panel studying the school’s history is not recommending changing any controversial building names. “Worrying about what someone did as a 20-something member of the Confederate military really was not on the forefront of our minds.” – The Roanoke Times
  • Three Albemarle County residents are suing a Charlottesville police officer they allege violated their civil rights by pulling them over outside of the officer’s jurisdiction in Nelson County for driving slow in the passing lane. – The Daily Progress
  • A Norfolk elementary school’s experiment with looping, in which teachers stick with their classes as they advance through the grades, has been a success, officials say. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Seven Hampton Roads localities are forming a regional authority to jointly pursue economic development projects. – Daily Press
  • Officials say they want the state’s public universities more involved in the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which is carrying more than $7 million in debt. It opened in 2012 as an economic development initiative to let companies and universities pool research and development dollars. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A drunk, naked Navy man was arrested in the Italy and Germany parking lots of Busch Gardens. – Daily Press
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Ned Oliver
Ned, a Lexington native, has a decade’s worth of experience in journalism, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He also has the awards to show for it, including taking a pair of first-place honors at the Virginia Press Association awards earlier this year for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. Contact him at [email protected]