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Virginia Beach overestimated tourism revenue; Cancer center to open in Roanoke; Henrico Police will monitor tacky lights tours and more headlines

By: - November 27, 2019 7:50 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• An audit of Virginia Beach’s tourism revenue “uncovered a $500 million discrepancy.” — The Virginian-Pliot

•  More of us are working from home, especially in Virginia and the Washington area. — The Associated Press

• Kehinde Wiley’s eagerly anticipated “Rumors of War,” an equestrian statue featuring a young black man created to be on scale with the J.E.B. Stuart monument, will be permanently installed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Dec. 10. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The parents of television reporter Alison Parker, shot and killed on live TV along with her cameraman in 2015, sat in the audience, unable to address the Henry County’s Board of Supervisors before it joined other localities in Virginia in declaring the county a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”   “I’ve been here 22 years, and for the first time, I feel like it’s not my home anymore,” Barbara Parker said. — The Martinsville Bulletin

• Ballots cast in a Virginia Beach House of Delegates race that left a Democrat with a narrow lead will be recounted on Dec. 12. — The Virginian-Pilot 

• A 66-year-old man was charged after accidentally firing his gun in a Chesterfield Walmart, setting off fears that an active shooter was on the loose. — NBC 12

• Two years ago, the Covenant Eagles, a private Christian school in Charlottesville, “didn’t have enough players to comfortably field an 11-man football team and was on the verge of shutting down.” Now, they are the “standard by which all 8-man programs in the state are measured.” — The Daily Progress

• Danville area store owners were miffed at the idea, floated by a senior Senate Republican this week, that Virginia might ban “gray” gaming machines. ‘I think it’s dumb,” a local cashier said. “If they want to gamble, they’re going to gamble, regardless.”  — The Danville Register & Bee

•  Carilion Clinic announced plans Tuesday for what it says will be “a world-class cancer center in Roanoke. — The Roanoke Times

• Police in Henrico are pledging increased patrols for the yearly “Tacky Lights” Christmas tours. “People urinate, defecate, litter, sit on people’s cars; it becomes intolerable to neighbors who live [near Tacky Lights houses] and their quality of life,” a police lieutenant said. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A fire remains blazing in the area of Kennedy Peak on Massanutten Mountain in the George Washington National Forest forest. “The blaze covered roughly 630 acres across the Shenandoah and Page county lines, according to information released by the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday afternoon.” — Northern Virginia Daily

• An 18-year-old who was an infant when his father was killed in Afghanistan visits his grave in Arlington. “Jake had been back to his father’s grave before, but never without relatives. Now, on a July day, Jake took a shuttle bus to the southern part of the cemetery, all the way to Section 34.” — The Washington Post 

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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle Hankerson

Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.