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HOW A $2-MILLION GIVEAWAY CAME ABOUT

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Thanks to some good shoe-leather reporting by Jeff Sturgeon of The Roanoke Times, Virginians now have a clearer idea how the state came to pay $2 million to Norfolk Southern for shifting jobs from one end of the commonwealth to the other. It’s not a pretty tale.

VaNews May 4, 2016


GRAVES WINS BY A WIDE MARGIN IN NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL SUPERWARD 7

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot

Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves easily won a third term on the City Council on Tuesday with a campaign that she effectively pushed the city to invest more money in struggling neighborhoods and lobbied for increased funding of public schools.

VaNews May 4, 2016


VIRGINIA BEACH HAS HARSH WORDS FOR SPSA OVER PROPOSED REGIONAL TRASH DEAL

By ALISSA SKELTON , Virginian-Pilot

Virginia Beach is not getting what it wants in a proposed regional trash deal, and the city manager said the city’s recommendations during negotiations are being ignored. City Manager Dave Hansen briefed the City Council on Tuesday to summarize the ongoing negotiations with the Southeastern Public Service Authority and the council’s impending decision on whether to agree to the terms of SPSA’s arrangement on a new trash plan within the next two weeks.

VaNews May 4, 2016


CHESAPEAKE'S SPRUILL, NORFOLK'S LINDSEY TO VIE FOR KENNY ALEXANDER'S STATE SENATE SEAT

By PATRICK WILSON , Virginian-Pilot

State Dels. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, and Joe Lindsey, D-Norfolk, will vie for the 5th District state Senate seat following Sen. Kenny Alexander's victory in Tuesday's Norfolk mayoral election. In part, the race will be about Chesapeake vs. Norfolk and which city the new senator will call home.

VaNews May 4, 2016


WINN CONCEDES TO MCCLELLAN IN NORFOLK SUPERWARD 6 RACE

By JOANNE KIMBERLIN , Virginian-Pilot

It was the biggest upset of Tuesday’s election: A powerful incumbent’s 16-year run toppled by an up-and-comer. “I’m honored and humbled,” said Andria McClellan after she won Barclay Winn’s Superward 6 spot on the City Council.

VaNews May 4, 2016


WITH QUICK WIN, KENNY ALEXANDER WILL BE NORFOLK'S FIRST NEW MAYOR IN 22 YEARS

By ERIC HARTLEY , Virginian-Pilot

Kenny Alexander, a state senator and Norfolk native, will become the city’s next mayor after a commanding victory Tuesday night. Alexander, 49, will be the first African American to hold the position, a feat that many of his supporters described Tuesday night as historic.

VaNews May 4, 2016


RODNEY JORDAN ELECTED TO SUPERWARD 7 SCHOOL BOARD SEAT IN NORFOLK

By CHERISE M. NEWSOME , Virginian-Pilot

Rodney Jordan, running unopposed, won the Superward 7 School Board seat in the first School Board election following a 2014 referendum. Jordan, the board’s current chairman, campaigned on “excellence, equity and engagement.” He wants the academically struggling division to improve but also touts its successes. Jordan championed the board’s recently approved equity policy, which will affect how the division distributes money, staff and other resources among schools.

VaNews May 4, 2016


CHESAPEAKE MAYOR, UNOPPOSED, WINS THIRD TERM

By KATHERINE HAFNER , Virginian-Pilot

Mayor Alan Krasnoff won re-election Tuesday in his unopposed bid for a third term. “We’ve been so blessed in our city,” Krasnoff said. “We’re going to be writing the next chapter of Chesapeake.” He said he’s excited to continue working with incumbents who all won re-election to the City Council.

VaNews May 4, 2016


FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOLS TO MOVE TO PRE-LABOR DAY START IN 2017

By MORIAH BALINGIT, Washington Post

Virginia’s largest school district will start its school year before Labor Day in 2017, becoming the latest school system to receive a waiver from a state law that was passed two decades ago to safeguard the state’s tourism industry. The board of the Fairfax County school system voted 9 to 1 last week to move the start date to Aug. 28 in 2017, the first time in recent history that classes will start before Labor Day.

VaNews May 4, 2016


RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL REACHES BUDGET COMPROMISE; UNCLEAR IF SCHOOL CLOSURES WILL BE AVOIDED

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Richmond City Council closed out its long-running budget negotiations Tuesday, agreeing to give the city’s school system an additional $9.5 million in operating and capital funds over the $280 million Mayor Dwight C. Jones proposed in his initial funding plan. But it wasn’t immediately clear whether the additional cash will head off the closure of five schools, including Armstrong High School — a step school administrators said would be necessary if their funding requests weren’t met.

VaNews May 4, 2016