Trump endorses gubernatorial candidate Youngkin, state of emergency after Colonial Pipeline hack, Norfolk employees push to unionize, and more headlines

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• Former president Donald Trump endorsed Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial campaign, a fact Youngkin conspicuously did not mention Tuesday as he pivoted toward a general election campaign in a state where Trump is deeply unpopular. In his first speech as the GOP’s nominee, he pledged to reduce tax rates, fight unions and bar schools from teaching students about systemic racism.—Washington PostRichmond Times-Dispatch

• “Former Del. Winsome Sears, who 20 years ago became the first Black Republican woman elected to the Virginia Assembly, made a political comeback Tuesday after winning the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.”—Associated Press

• Former Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was one of more than 100 Republicans to sign a letter taking aim at Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP and “threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes.”—New York Times

• Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency following gasoline supply disruptions stemming from a cyberattack that has shut down a major pipeline that supplies fuel to much of the East Coast. While officials expect the pipeline to be restored by the end of the week, there were reports of long lines at gas stations around the state as people rushed to fill their tanks.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• For the first time since developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline began seizing land for the project, a federal jury in Roanoke is being asked to decide whether a homeowner along the route received fair compensation.—Roanoke Times

• “A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the former Rockbridge Regional Jail superintendent to more than four years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for special treatment for one inmate, and for failing to provide adequate care for two others who were in custody.”—Roanoke Times

• A small group of city employees in Norfolk protested outside city hall for the right to unionize, which is allowed under state law for the first time in decades, but only if local governments agree to allow collective bargaining. So far only a handful of local governments, including Alexandria and Portsmouth, have done so.—Virginian-Pilot

• Jaunt, a Charlottesville-area public transit agency, finally released details of its former CEO’s travel expenses, which led to the official’s resignation last year. The documents show he billed the agency for first-class international flights, luxury hotel stays and expensive meals.—Charlottesville Tomorrow

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