Teachers rally at Capitol; GOP settles on tax plan; Industrial park developments struggle; Cannabis companies challenge state process and more headlines

    Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

    ♦ Teachers from around Virginia are traveling to the Capitol today to rally for increased public-school funding and higher wages. – The Washington Post

    ♦ Republicans in the House of Delegates appear to have settled on a resolution to the running debate over an anticipated tax-windfall: Collect now, pour the money into a “taxpayer relief fund” and move to rebate it later during a special session before the November elections – making it clear they see it as a winning issue for them in the eyes of their voters. – Richmond Times Dispatch

    ♦ The sheriff in Portsmouth stopped sending inmates to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail after the U.S. Department of Justice concluded the conditions there violate federal law and inmates’ constitutional rights. – The Virginian-Pilot

    ♦ Virginia has spent more than $100 million developing industrial parks in the struggling southern end of the state but has almost nothing to show for the effort. “This school of ‘if we build it, they will come’ on spec is risky business.” – Associated Press

    ♦ Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine was apparently getting on his colleagues’ nerves during the shutdown by blocking the body’s adjournment, meaning not everyone could go home. He says he’s OK with it, and the maneuver led to legislation guaranteeing back pay to federal workers. – Politico

    ♦ Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration wants to buy $4 million worth of emergency shelter supplies so that the next time a hurricane heads this way the state doesn’t get hosed by private contractors, who charged $31 million in September to prop up three evacuation centers that only 52 people ended up using. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

    ♦ Seven cannabis companies are appealing the state Board of Pharmacy’s CBD oil licensing decisions, calling the process “arbitrary” and “wildly prejudicial.” – The Virginian-Pilot

    ♦ A bill to end the practice of suspending drivers licenses over unpaid fines and court costs cleared the state Senate. – The Roanoke Times 

    ♦ Some community groups in Danville, which could get a casino under legislation making its way through the General Assembly, sound a wary of the plan, with the local chamber of commerce declining to take a position because of “a lack of information on the specifics of what the impact would be locally.” – Danville Register & Bee

    ♦ A group proposing a large Islamic retreat center in Fauquier County says it’s dropping the plans after residents voiced opposition at a planning meeting. – Fauquier Now

    ♦ Ghost pots, a.k.a abandoned crab traps, are haunting the Chesapeake Bay. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is trying to figure out what, if anything, to do about it. – The Virginian-Pilot

    ♦ Archaeologists in Jamestown uncovered the wall of a 1617 church where the first meeting of the predecessor to the modern General Assembly was held 400 years ago. “We freaked out. … We pulled it up and we were like, what is this brick just sitting here?” – The Virginian-Pilot

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