40-plus localities join opioid litigation; Va. Beach officials face residency scrutiny; EMT fired after comments on racist podcast and more headlines

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• The rescue squad in Patrick County fired an EMT who made racist comments on a white supremacist podcast. “The board felt that this was in the best interest of the squad, which must continue to provide quality care to our residents.” – Martinsville Bulletin

• Two rural counties – Pulaski and Giles – want to open forensic nursing sites for victims of abuse and rape, who currently either don’t receive forensic exams or have to travel to get them. – The Roanoke Times

• More than 40 cities and counties in Virginia have joined litigation against opioid producers. – The Roanoke Times

• Virginia Beach City Council will interview candidates to fill a seat left empty after a judge ruled a member who won election this year was living outside his district. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A member of the Virginia Beach School Board who lost his seat because he moved out of his district is challenging his ouster. – The Virginian-Pilot

• The death of a police officer in Wise County is being investigated as a murder after his body was found with gunshot wounds in a wrecked vehicle. – The Coalfield Progress

• A federal tax overhaul means most Virginia residents will get a credit on their electric bills. – Associated Press

• Police in Arlington are working with bars to establish a code word patrons can use to discreetly ask waitstaff for help as part of a campaign to reduce sexual assaults. – WTOP

• A Middleburg antique-store owner was sentenced to 30 days in jail for selling endangered species illegally imported into the country, including products made from sea turtle, hippopotamus, swan and ivory. – The Washington Post
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