A 27-year-old Leesburg man died because he couldn’t afford the insulin he needed; nine shootings in Richmond in 24 hours; a Yorkshire terrier disrupted mail delivery in Danville and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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•  A 27-year-old Leesburg man died after he aged off his parents’ health insurance and could no longer afford the insulin he needed. – The Washington Post

• August opened in Richmond with nine shootings in 24 hours. Three people died, six were injured. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A study of racial inequalities in school discipline found Richmond-area school divisions suspended black students at four times the rate of white students. – WCVE

• After protesting President Trump at Jamestown, Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, is taking aim at another target: the Virginia Way. “It’s what Samirah admits he violated when he stood and shouted ‘You can’t send me back!’ during Trump’s speech, and it’s what he says has enabled generations of racist policies.” – The Washington Post

• As in other cities around the state, Lynchburg’s public housing authority files more eviction lawsuits than any other local landlord. “These are folks who had no other choice … they were in public housing … because, for the most part, that was all that they could afford.” – The News & Advance

• Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox is campaigning in his newly redrawn – and now strongly Democratic leaning – district, knocking on doors and hosting a hot dog cookout. “It’s a challenge,” he said. “It’s also an opportunity. You have to look at it that way. . . . I always say, ‘I’d like to earn your vote.’” Democrats note “he literally spent a couple years and a lot of money to make sure these folks were not his constituents.” – The Washington Post

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th District, told her constituents she doesn’t support impeaching Trump, but said her opinion could change. “As long as the investigations are continuing, and we see my colleagues are continuing to gather information, I am watching very closely.” – Associated Press

• Workers at Fort Monroe “removed the letters that spelled ‘Jefferson Davis Memorial Park’ from an iron archway that honored the one-time Confederate president imprisoned at the former Army post.” – Daily Press

• “Dominion Energy will focus more attention in the months ahead on gaining a win at the US Supreme Court rather than publicly discussing administrative or legislative actions to get its stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline completed, amid investor concerns about the project’s future.” – S&P

• A decade after archeologists uncovered the remains of a notorious slave jail in Richmond, the historic sight remains extremely difficult to find, prompting lawmakers to put up homemade signs when they hosted a commemoration last week. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state is considering 25 miles of toll lanes on Interstate 64 between Chesapeake and Hampton. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia’s top mental health official, Dr. Hughes Melton, died from injuries suffered in a multi-car wreck that also killed a Staunton woman. – The Roanoke Times

• The postal service stopped delivering mail to a Danville neighborhood after an 11-pound Yorkshire terrier bit a letter carrier. Service resumed when the dog’s owners agreed to fence in their yard. – Danville Register & Bee

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