A closer look at some primary races; regulators try to cut down on surprise hospital bills; board to pay student loans for returning to Southwest Virginia and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, is one of a few Democrats to embrace Gov. Ralph Northam as she works to fight off a primary challenge from former Del. Joe Morrissey, who famously won reelection from jail. Voters in the heavily African American district say they’re willing to forgive both Morrissey and Northam. – The Washington Post

• Members of Del. Debra Rodman’s former campaign team criticized her for abandoning the seat she flipped two years ago to run for Senate in a primary against a former supporter, a woman of color who feels she’s being pushed aside by the party in favor of a white candidate. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former Stafford County supervisor Paul Milde, who is challenging Del. Bob Thomas for the Republican nomination in a tight Stafford-County primary, insists that he didn’t actively participate in the attempted burglary of a footlocker in 1995, and that a criminal charge stemming from the incident only stuck because he didn’t want to break the trust of a mentee in Narcotics Anonymous. – The Washington Post

• About two-thirds of Democrats running in the primary next week have pledged they won’t take money from Dominion Energy. – WCVE

• Lawyers made their closing arguments in a federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn a handful of Virginia abortion laws – including a mandate that women get an ultrasound at least 24 hours before the procedure – as medically unnecessary. – Associated Press

• Virginia regulators are developing new rules to cut down on surprise hospital bills by requiring healthcare providers warn a patient if they are likely to receive care from an out-of-network provider. It won’t apply in emergency rooms, where patients are most likely to encounter doctors who aren’t covered by their insurance. – Daily Press

• Danville City Council voted to hike its real estate tax rate and pretty much every other fee it can levy to increase funding for schools. – Danville Register & Bee

• A state board agreed to use tobacco settlement money to pay recent college grads $48,000 toward their student loans if they move back to rural Southwest and Southside as part of a talent attraction program. – The Roanoke Times

• The state revoked the medical license of a Henrico doctor for allegedly asking his non-medically-trained staff to treat patients for a week while he was out of the country. “When I first started working there I was told that sometimes I would have to be the doctor.” – WTVR

• Vice President Mike Pence joined about 100 World War II veterans in Bedford to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. “It was not just a continent you took back from tyranny; you delivered a world into freedom,” Pence said. – The News & Advance

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