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Youngkin’s transition teams and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 29, 2021 8:02 am

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• Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s “landing teams” of transition advisers are “heavy on Republican lawmakers to help set up his administration ahead of the Jan. 15 inauguration.”—Washington Post

• What you need to know about the omicron variant.—Daily Progress

• It’s not just newly empowered Republicans who are into tax cuts.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• An Old Dominion University professor will resign amid a controversy over a recently published book and an interview in which the professor argued for using the term “minor-attracted person” in lieu of pedophile because “it’s less stigmatizing.” The professor said their “research was mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity.” —Virginian-Pilot

• Collecting the $26 million judgment awarded to nine people who sued the organizers of the deadly White nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville could prove difficult.—Associated Press

• Construction companies that do business with the commonwealth “are struggling to find subcontractors certified as small businesses or as minority- or women-owned enterprises, a state working group found.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia food pantries are also struggling with supply-chain bottlenecks.—VPM

• Courthouse News is going to the mat with Virginia’s court system over public access to online records.—Courthouse News

• A new state policy assigning prison inmates to voting districts where they formerly resided instead of their prison location could boost representation for Richmond and Norfolk.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• In nine Virginia counties, residents have voted overwhelmingly against removing Confederate monuments.—Roanoke Times

• Fairfax has put two books back in school libraries after complaints from parents about sexually explicit content.—NBC Washington

• New abortion restrictions and gun control rollbacks appear to be on the “back burner” for Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin.—Washington Post

• Ridership on the Virginia Railway Express is still lagging pre-pandemic levels.—Free Lance-Star

• A Richmond woman who lost her job turned a family sweet potato pie recipe into a business selling hundreds of pies a month and thousands in sales. “It’s literally an entrepreneur’s dream,” she said.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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