Recap: What made news last week across Virginia (2024)

IN THE NEWS

McGuire declared winner in 5th primary

The State Board of Elections declared state Sen. John McGuire, R-Goochland, the winner in last month’s Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District, within a margin close enough to allow Rep. Bob Good, R-5th, to ask for a recount at his own expense.

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The board confirmed McGuire’s 374-vote margin of victory, meaning he received 50.3% of votes cast to Good’s 49.7%. Good has held the seat since 2021 and serves as chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

In a statement McGuire thanked his family, other supporters and former President Donald Trump, who had endorsed his campaign.

Good said in a statement posted to X, formerly Twitter, that he will seek a recount. Good will have to pay for the effort, given that the margin is 0.6 percentage point, just outside the margin under which the state pays for a recount.

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MERGER:Kings Dominion’s parent company, Cedar Fair L.P., has completed its merger with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, creating the largest amusem*nt park operator in North America. The agreement, first announced in November, was finalized Monday.

Richard Zimmerman, the former general manager of Kings Dominion, will serve as the CEO of the combined company, which will be based in Charlotte and will retain the Six Flags name.

Each park in the company will retain its branding, and no name changes are planned, the company said.

THEY SAID IT

“Don’t mess this up, because everybody knows how taps goes."

—Chatham resident and Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Paul Weishaar, who was one of nine selected in his 29th Infantry Division to perform on the trumpet at the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.Weishaar joined the military in 2004, and his grandfather served in the Pacific during World War II.

“If they’re going to be arresting people in wheelchairs, they need to make sure they have all their I’s dotted and T’s crossed. I can’t even tell you what this has put me and my family through. I want that whole building to become ADA-compliant completely. I don’t want anyone else going through this.”

— Crystal Sharpe, 41, a Nottoway County woman who has multiple disabilities and was handcuffed in her wheelchair after missing jury duty summonses and made to appear in a courthouse that is not ADA compliant.

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BY THE NUMBERS

$500,000

The amount the city of Roanoke spent during the past two years on hazardous materials and biohazardous waste removal, including cleanup at some encampments where homeless people stayed, said Councilwoman Stephanie Moon Reynolds. Prior to Monday, the city’s contract with a Concord-based environmental services company called WEL Inc. said not to exceed $20,000. Monday, the city council unanimously amended its hazardous materials contract to increase the “not to exceed” amount up to $350,000.

ODDS AND ENDS

LAWSUIT:A jury ordered white nationalist leaders and organizations to pay a total of more than $26 million in damages to people who had suffered physical or emotional injuries during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. A lower-court judge had slashed that amount to $350,000 to be shared by eight plaintiffs, but a federal appeals court restored more than $2 million in punitive damages, finding that each of the plaintiffs should receive $350,000, instead of the $43,750 each would have received under the lower court’s ruling.

IN THE NEWS

Assembly reaches tuition waiver deal

The House of Delegates and Senate have reached a deal on repealing changes to eligibility for a state tuition waiver program for military families. They agreed to pay for its escalating cost with $90 million in surplus state revenues over the next two years.

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Both chambers will return to Richmond on July 18 to vote on the agreement.

Senate Finance Chair Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William, say they will introduce identical legislation to fully repeal changes to the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program in the two-year budget that took effect on Monday.

The deal seeks to end a political dispute that has paralyzed the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.

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TITANIC: The U.S. government has officially ended its legal fight against an upcoming expedition to the Titanic shipwreck after the company that owns the ship’s salvage rights scaled back its dive plans.

But the U.S. said in court filings last week that it may wage court battles over future expeditions if they break a federal law and an agreement with Great Britain to treat the wreck as a gravesite.

The litigation began last year after RMS Titanic Inc. announced the expedition, which is now scheduled for mid-July.

The U.S. filed its legal challenge in August, arguing that entering the Titanic — or physically altering or disturbing the wreck — is regulated by the 2017 federal law and pact with Britain.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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