Northam speech meets criticism from new House speaker and more Virginia headlines - News Summed Up

Northam speech meets criticism from new House speaker and more Virginia headlines


Ralph Northam’s final State of the Commonwealth speech featured calls for unity and a harshly critical tweet from the new Republican House speaker.—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch• Former Virginia lawmaker Joseph Yost was charged with embezzlement in connection to his work with the Giles County Historical Society.—Roanoke Times• Incoming Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, the first Black woman to hold statewide office, says her success is proof of racial progress and suggested moving on from Virginia’s racist past.—NPR• In-person visits at Virginia prisons have been suspended until Jan. 28 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.—WRIC• A teenager found guilty of two high-profile sexual assaults in Loudoun County schools was ordered to go to a locked treatment facility until he turns 18 and will be put on the sex offender registry for life.—Associated Press, Washington Post• A state lawmaker suggested requiring all FOIA requests to be sent via certified mail to avoid emails going to spam folders, drawing pushback from transparency advocates.—Richmond Times-Dispatch• A $267 million paper recycling facility is expected to bring more than 200 jobs to Chesapeake.—Virginian-Pilot• New York City Mayor Eric Adams is facing scrutiny for giving a top police job to his brother, who most recently worked as a parking administrator at Virginia Commonwealth University.—New York Times• A Navy helicopter had to make a hard landing in Isle of Wight County. One passenger was injured.—ABC News


Source: New York Times January 13, 2022 19:19 UTC



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