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TIPPING HAT TO TRUMP, REPUBLICAN REEVES KICKS OFF BID FOR VA. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post

Virginia state Sen. Bryce E. Reeves formally launched his 2017 bid for lieutenant governor Thursday with a nod to President-elect Donald Trump and a swipe at Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In a speech to supporters, Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) hit upon issues that helped the Republican real estate businessman win the White House, including gun rights, terrorism and federal overreach.

VaNews December 2, 2016



VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER RESIGNS AFTER VULGAR TWEETS SURFACE

By MORIAH BALINGIT, Washington Post

A Virginia Board of Education member has stepped down after a series of his tweets from several years ago surfaced, including public messages that had gay slurs, references to sexual assault and anti-white comments. Wes Bellamy, 30, a high school computer science teacher and a Charlottesville city councilman, was appointed to the state board of education by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in March. Brian Coy, McAuliffe’s spokesman, said Wednesday morning that “the governor was horrified by what was reported as having appeared on Mr. Bellamy’s Twitter feed.”

VaNews December 2, 2016



WITH NO GRAND PLANS ON THE HORIZON, RICHMOND MAYORAL CANDIDATES ENJOY RETURN TO PRIVATE LIFE

By NED OLIVER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

With the election a little less than a month behind them, most of Richmond’s former mayoral candidates are planning a quiet return to private life. Jack Berry, who placed second in the race behind Mayor-elect Levar Stoney, said he would not seek a job in Stoney’s administration — a possibility some of his supporters have encouraged both him and Stoney to pursue.

VaNews December 2, 2016



WHAT CAUSED MYSTERIOUS SHEEN IN THE POTOMAC? IF YOU KNOW, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP WILL GIVE YOU $1,000

By KATHERINE SHAVER , Washington Post

An environmental group is offering $1,000 for information about whoever spilled an oily substance discovered Sunday as a brownish sheen in the Potomac River — pollution that D.C.-area water utilities are watching as it moves toward intake pipes for their drinking water treatment plants. The Potomac Riverkeeper Network said it will pass along information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is leading the investigation. Tips can be reported via the organization’s website, www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org, or at 336-809-6041.

VaNews December 2, 2016



SASLAW SAYS COAL JOBS ARE NOT COMING BACK; STANLEY SAYS MEDICAID EXPANSION IS DEAD

By JIM NOLAN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Coal jobs are not coming back to Southwest Virginia, according to a Democratic legislative leader — and the prospects of Medicaid expansion in Virginia are similarly dire, a Republican leader said Thursday. But lawmakers from both parties say they recognize the need for economic development in some of the state’s most depressed regions and the importance of working to fill any coverage gap that could open if the Trump administration succeeds in repealing the Affordable Care Act.

VaNews December 2, 2016



'TIDAL WAVE OF HEP. C COMING,' HEALTH COMMISSIONER WARNS

By KATIE DEMERIA , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

As the state lingers in the grip of its ongoing opioid epidemic, Virginia’s top health official is warning that the state soon may also be dealing with skyrocketing rates of hepatitis C and HIV. During a Virginia Board of Health meeting Thursday, the state health commissioner, Dr. Marissa Levine, said that as opioid use continues, the two deadly infections “will rear their ugly heads.”

VaNews December 2, 2016



"I’M NOT GUILTY”: NORFOLK TREASURER ANTHONY BURFOOT TAKES THE STAND

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY AND ERIC HARTLEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot testified Thursday that he never took bribes in exchange for votes, but instead voted for what he thought was in the best interest of the city. Taking the stand in his own defense in federal court, Burfoot was asked by his attorney why he pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

VaNews December 2, 2016



STATE PLANS CVTC PATIENT TRANSFERS REGARDLESS OF GUARDIAN CONSENT

By ALEX ROHR, News & Advance

The state plans to transfer three Central Virginia Training Center residents to Petersburg regardless of whether their guardians approve, according to a statement Thursday from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The three individuals cannot be served at the Madison Heights facility housing people with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities once beds classified for skilled nursing are decertified Dec. 31, DBHDS Executive Advisor Meghan McGuire said in an emailed statement Thursday.

VaNews December 2, 2016



TWO DEMOCRATS VIE FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 22

By ALEX ROHR, News & Advance

Democrats plan to nominate either a teacher or a career law enforcement officer Saturday in the race to replace state Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham. The 22nd State Senate District Democratic Nominating Committee plans to hold a caucus at 11 a.m. Saturday at Moton Museum in Farmville to choose between Katie Webb Cyphert, of Lynchburg, and Ryant L. Washington, of Palmyra. The deadline to register with the party passed at 5 p.m. Thursday.

VaNews December 2, 2016



MARY BALDWIN GOES COED TO STAY 'VIABLE'

By LAURA PETERS, News Leader (Metered Pay Wall)

It was more than a year ago that Mary Baldwin University was helping Sweet Briar College students to find a way to stay in an all-female college. Now, the university is paving the way to make the school coed. When Sweet Briar was threatened with closure, Mary Baldwin stepped in to take those students who wanted to continue their education in an all-female environment through an expedited transfer program. Now, with Sweet Briar remaining open, Mary Baldwin has gone down a different path.

VaNews December 2, 2016