Va. General Assembly adjourns 83-day special session, Norment denounces resignation of VMI superintendent, Richmond’s Confederate Avenue renamed, and more headlines

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• The General Assembly adjourned a special legislative session dedicated to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and police reform. At 83 days, it lasted longer than a regular session.—Roanoke Times

• “Virginia Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. used inflammatory language Monday as he denounced the resignation of Virginia Military Institute’s superintendent, warning lawmakers: ‘You cannot let the media lynch VMI.’”—Washington Post

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he isn’t planning to seek a position in Joe Biden’s administration, dropping another big hint he’s likely to run for a second term as governor.—Washington Post

• Richmond’s voter registrar says 90 percent of her staff is in quarantine after three employees tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor Levar Stoney said he’s also in quarantine after a member of his campaign staff tested positive for the virus.—VPM

• Barbara Comstock was among 31 former Republican members of Congress to sign a letter denouncing Trump’s election fraud claims and calling on him to accept the election results. She said voters “have got to come to the understanding and see that this isn’t real.”—New York Times

• “In the latest misfortune for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a federal appeals court put a hold Monday on newly issued permits that would have allowed the pipeline to cross water bodies.”—Roanoke Times

• A Chesapeake doctor accused of performing unnecessary sterilizations and other gynecological procedures as part of a Medicaid fraud scheme was found guilty on 52 counts. He faces 465 years in prison when he’s sentenced in March.—Virginian-Pilot

• “Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday conditionally pardoned a former Old Dominion University student sentenced last year to 10 years in prison for a multi-car crash that left a New York man severely disabled.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond City Council voted to rename Confederate Avenue, a four-block stretch of road that is home to Sen. Tim Kaine.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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