Surprise, Corey Stewart has a take on murdered WAPO columnist; Richmond detectives clear cases; A puzzling Pence appearance and more headlines
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- The Washington Post profiled the Richmond Police Department’s homicide detectives after an analysis earlier this year found they have one of the highest murder clearance rates in the country. (The Washington Post)
- Vice President Mike Pence came to Richmond and campaigned with Republican congressional candidates U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, Denver Riggleman and Ryan McAdams. He spent the most time with McAdams, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin in a race that is not viewed as competitive. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Federal judges overseeing the state’s redistricting case gave the expert map drawer they chose last week a Dec. 7 deadline to redraw 11 House of Delegates districts they ruled were racially gerrymandered to dilute the influence of black voters. (Associated Press)
- After state officials awarded five licenses to open medical marijuana facilities last month, losing bidders are complaining they still haven’t been able to get any explanation as to why they lost and how the state’s pharmacy board made its decisions. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Waterfront property values are dropping, in some cases dramatically, around Hampton Roads as sea level rise and flooding worsen. (The Virginian-Pilot)
- A deaf, mute man charged in a 2005 rape and murder but deemed incompetent to stand trial is appealing his indefinite detention to the Virginia Supreme Court after being held 13 years in jails and mental hospitals without trial. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Corey Stewart called murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi a “mystery guy,” suggested without evidence he’s linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Osama bin Laden, and said the U.S. shouldn’t “jeopardize the relationship with Saudi Arabia over this one single human rights violation.” (The Washington Post)
- Democrats are focusing on four competitive congressional races in Virginia as they work to flip the 23 seats they need nationally to take control of the House. Republicans here worry they’re “seeing a lot of Trump voters stay home this year.” (The Washington Post)
- Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are among dozens of national Republicans pouring thousands of dollars in donations into U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock’s reelection bid as she attempts to fend of Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton, who is leading in polls. (The Washington Post)
- With a tight market for recyclables and ongoing problems with contamination, officials in Roanoke are wondering whether the single-stream recycling program they launched three years ago is sustainable. (The Roanoke Times)
- Striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay are continuing their resurgence. (Daily Press)
- VDOT is giving away free state road maps. (The Daily Progress)
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