U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman will face a party convention; Richmond judges want to know why residents are skipping jury duty; Hampton wants a casino too and more headlines

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• “From pariah to powerhouse: … after Democrats won control of the Legislature on Tuesday, (Gov. Ralph) Northam is positioned to be one of the most consequential Democratic governors in America in 2020, aiming to enact strong gun restrictions and L.G.B.T.Q. protections and clear the way to take down Confederate statues — all potential headline-making changes that could galvanize the party base nationally in the presidential race.”—The New York Times

• Judges in Richmond are getting fed up with residents not showing up for jury duty, ordering 290 people so far this year to come to the courthouse to explain why they didn’t appear.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Around the same time the chief of police in Norfolk was blasting irresponsible gun owners in the city for allowing their weapons to get stolen, one of his lieutenants had an unsecured handgun stolen out of his unmarked police vehicle.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Republicans in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, which stretches from Fauquier County to the North Carolina border, voted to hold a convention rather than a broader primary to choose their nominee for next year’s election. The decision likely means a tougher fight for GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman, who currently holds the seat and is facing criticism from some party members for officiating a same-sex wedding.—The Daily Progress

• A legal battle between Charlottesville’s commonwealth’s attorney and a major manufacturer of so-called “skill games” has been moved to federal court.—The Daily Progress

• Hampton City Council voted to ask lawmakers for permission to allow a casino in the city. Legislation the General Assembly will take up next year currently limits full-scale gambling operations to Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Richmond.—Daily Press

• The Fauquier Times and Prince William Times are transitioning from private ownership to a nonprofit foundation. “We believe this move will improve the financial stability of the paper, as it will enable the Foundation to seek charitable funding from local individuals and local and national foundations for the work of the paper.”—Prince William Times

• The town of Purcellville in Loudoun County warned 1,800 people their personal data might have been stolen after a former town manager never returned a memory stick containing the police chief’s emails.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

• Forty-one students from the University of the Bahamas-North Campus arrived at Hampton University, which is allowing them to complete their fall semester for free after their school was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.—The Virginian-Pilot

• It’s about to get pretty cold.—The Virginian-Pilot

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