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News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.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.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of farmers from around the state are expected to attend the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention in Williamsburg later this month. About 700 people are expected to attend the convention, which will determine the farm bureau's legislative agenda

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Swedish retailer IKEA has broken ground on a Norfolk store that's expected to open in spring 2019. The Virginian-Pilot reports Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott attended the groundbreaking last week. City officials have estimated Ikea will spend $75 million on the project, which has been running behind schedule. The store was originally expected to be completed in 2018.

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.

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