News to Know for Dec. 9: McAuliffe to run for governor; Northam signing bill; Angel Tree extends deadline

News to Know for Dec. 9: McAuliffe to run for governor; Northam signing bill; Angel Tree extends deadline
The governor’s race in Virginia will be one of the country’s marquee political contests next year, serving as a barometer of the public mood during President-elect Joe Biden’s first year in office.

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top headlines to get you out the door.

Slow Warmup Starting

A clipper brings some clouds early Wednesday, otherwise, look for more sun and warming temperatures through Saturday.

Today will be a mostly cloudy start then turning mostly sunny during the afternoon. Highs will be in the low 50s.

Sunny and seasonable with a slow warmup starting

McAuliffe Gubernatorial Bid

The former Virginia governor is set to announce a formal bid for governor Wednesday morning in Richmond, according to a McAuliffe aide who was not authorized to speak publicly about the campaign.

McAuliffe, once best known as a top Democratic money man and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s, will enter an already crowded Democratic primary.

(Source: NBC12)

The governor’s race in Virginia will be one of the country’s marquee political contests next year, serving as a barometer of the public mood during President-elect Joe Biden’s first year in office.

Petersburg City Manager Leaving

The Petersburg City Manager will be leaving for a new job, sources confirm.

Aretha Ferrell-Benavides has been with the city since 2017.

Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides
Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides (Source: Petersburg Government Website)

Ferrell-Benavides was named a finalist for the position back in November.

Souces said she will begin her new role in February.

COVID-19 Relief Update

The Trump administration dove back into Capitol Hill’s confusing COVID-19 negotiations on Tuesday, offering a $916 billion package to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would send a $600 direct payment to most Americans, but eliminate a $300 per week employment benefit favored by a bipartisan group of Senate negotiators.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the offer to Pelosi late Tuesday afternoon, he said in a statement. He offered few details, though House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said it proposes the $600 direct payment for individuals and $1,200 for couples, which is half the payment delivered by the March pandemic relief bill.

New COVID relief deal could happen this week
New COVID relief deal could happen this week

Mnuchin reached out to Pelosi after a call with top congressional GOP leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who remains at odds with Democratic leaders over COVID-19 relief.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., responded to Mnuchin’s entreaty with a statement that said they would prefer to let a bipartisan group take the lead.

Gov. Northam To Sign Bill

Governor Northam will hold a virtual ceremonial bill signing for criminal justice and police reform legislation.

State lawmakers passed several criminal justice and reform measures during the special session.

There is no word yet on exactly which bill will be signed today.

The bill signing is set to take place at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 9.

RPS Facebook Discussion

Following RPS’s decision to stay fully virtual for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Jason Kamras is working to answer any questions families may have.

Kamras is hosting an in-depth discussion on the district’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Angel Tree Deadline Extended

The Salvation Army has extended the deadline to return Angel Tree gifts due to hundreds still missing.

The gifts were due back on Dec. 4 but can now be returned until Thursday, Dec. 10 since 800 still need to be returned.

(Source: KSWO)

The Salvation Army says that all gifts should be brought directly to the Christmas Center at 9204 Stony Point Parkway by 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Final Thought

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success -James Cameron

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