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Temperatures in the 50s; travel woes continue; new laws start Jan. 1

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Here are the top headlines for Wednesday, Dec. 28:

soaring temperatures

Wednesday’s high will be in the 50s as the warm-up continues this week. Temperatures are expected to hit the 60s by the end of this week.

It may rain on New Year’s Eve.

Travel woes continue

AAA spokesperson Ragina Ali says it’s important for unlucky passengers who miss their flights to know their rights.

Flight delays and cancellations have continued to wreak havoc on travelers since Christmas.

On Tuesday, Flight Aware reported eight canceled flights at Richmond International Airport, all of them by Southwest Airlines. This is all part of the nearly 2,600 Southwest Airlines cancellations reported nationwide in a single day.

New Law Begins January 1st

In the new year, Virginia will raise the minimum wage even further. On January 1st, it will be $12.

On Sunday, several new laws will go into effect in Virginia. They include:

  • Privacy laws that limit the amount of personal information companies can ask users to share.
  • Elimination of the 1.5% food tax (local governments can still impose a 1% tax).
  • Virginia minimum wage hike.

lottery fever

Locals lined up on Tuesday for a chance at the expanding Mega Millions Jackpot.

You’re looking a winner, I’m confident.

However, there were no winners and Friday’s jackpot is now $640 million.

Changes to reporting COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health says it will report COVID-19 cases weekly “in line with the CDC’s current reporting frequency.”

VDH also says on its website that it will “continue to streamline the information on its COVID-19 data dashboard to better highlight current COVID-19 trends in Virginia and inform action.” .

final thoughts

“Keep in mind that every day is the best day of the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson