A former Scott Taylor staffer is indicted; ACLU sues to end solitary confinement in two state prisons; A relative of the T-rex was discovered by a Virginia Tech researcher and more headlines

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• One of ex-Congressman Scott Taylor’s campaign staffers was indicted for submitting forged signatures in a bid to get a third-party candidate on the ballot in hopes of siphoning off votes from his opponent, U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria. While Taylor signed-off on his campaign’s effort to get the third candidate on the ballot, he maintains he did not know his staff violated the law. – The Virginian-Pilot

• The ACLU sued in federal court to end solitary confinement in the state’s two supermax prisons, saying it causes “severe physical and mental health damage.” While inmates are typically placed in solitary for infractions like committing assaults or attempting escapes, the lawsuit alleges they’re kept there for behavior as minor as not shaving. – The Washington Post

• A federal judge struck down a Virginia law limiting what kinds of medical professionals can perform first-trimester abortions. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay shot up this year, according to an annual survey, which put the population at its highest level in seven years. – Daily Press

• In a Democratic primary fight, one Senate candidate is going all-in with Gov. Ralph Northam, criticizing her opponent, Del. Cheryl Turpin, for calling for Northam’s resignation following a black-face scandal. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Charlottesville’s police chief told a civilian oversight board she was too busy to meet, but her calendar, obtained via FOIA, showed no scheduling conflicts. – The Daily Progress

• A former FBI translator in Alexandria was arrested after he was tasked with transcribing a voicemail message to himself from a man targeted in a terrorism investigation. Authorities allege he scrubbed his name before submitting the report. – Associated Press

• A panel in Virginia Beach recommended the city take down those ubiquitous no cursing signs along the city’s ocean front, calling the placards unwelcoming. With or without the notices, swearing in public will remain illegal under state law. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Meet Suskityrannus hazelae, the little cousin of the T-rex discovered and named by a Virginia Tech paleontologist. – The Roanoke Times