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- Dominion CEO succeeds Wynne as GO Virginia chairman: John O. “Dubby” Wynne has resigned as chairman of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board, which distributes grants for regional economic development. He will be replaced by Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell, who was officially elected at a September meeting as Dubby’s successor. -Virginia Pilot
- Man sues Virginia newspaper for reporting that his ancestors were slaveholders: In a profile published earlier this year Edward Dickinson Tayloe is depicted as the descendant of a Virginia “slave-owning dynasty.” Tayloe is one of 13 people suing to prevent the removal of the city’s embattled Confederate monuments. Now, he is suing the Charlottesville newspaper for publishing the profile about his family history, too. -The Roanoke Times
- US Department of Transportation awards Virginia $2.2M to improve commercial vehicle safety: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Wednesday announced that it has awarded $77.3 million in grants to states and educational institutions to better vehicle safety for large trucks and buses. Tidewater Community College also received an $88,435 Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation grant. -ABC News
- Northam announces Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge: Gov. Ralph Northam announced today the 2019–2020 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge. The challenge allows high schools across the state to compete to register the highest percentage of their voting-age population. -WSET
- Rolling Stone names Virginia Beach a music lovers’ destination: In a recent feature story in Rolling Stone titled ‘6 Reasons Virginia Beach Should Be Your Next Music-Filed Weekend Destination’ Virginia Beach gets credit as one of the few coastal cities that “rocks all year round.” -Rolling Stone