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News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans in Virginia's House of Delegates have elected their leadership team and choice for speaker, all while Democrats hope recounts can flip the chamber from GOP control. As expected, House Republicans on Sunday nominated Majority Leader Kirk Cox to serve as speaker. The current speaker, Bill Howell, chose not to run for re-election. Republicans expect to hold a 51-49 majority when election results are certified, but Democrats are expected to seek recounts in three close races.

MACHIPONGO, Va. (AP) - A rafter who was blown off course has been found after an unexpected overnight trek across the Chesapeake Bay. The Coast Guard says Wesley Schoonmaker launched his raft Saturday morning near Willoughby Spit in Norfolk and was blown off course. Schoonmaker drifted north across the Chesapeake and came ashore on a beach near Machipongo on Virginia's Eastern Shore about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Schoonmaker was taken to a nearby hospital where he was reported to be windburned but in stable condition.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Officials in Virginia are relocating a statue of Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe statue will nevermore be located on the southwest corner of Capitol Square in Richmond. Instead, it will be located on the northwest corner. The state's Department of General Services says the move ensures Poe won't be overshadowed. A planned Virginia Women's Monument and a separate Indian tribute are being added to the southwest corner, and their scale would diminish the Poe statue.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Two Virginians are among the newest batch of Rhodes scholars. Simone Askew of Fairfax attends the U.S. Military Academy, and Matthew Chun of Arlington attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Askew is an international history major and this year became the first black woman to lead West Point's Corps of Cadets. Chun is majoring in mechanical engineering and management science and is captain of his school's wrestling team. Their scholarships cover postgraduate studies at Oxford University.

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