A Virginia prison first; more Bird scooters seized; veterans honored; downsizing continues at Pilot, Daily Press and more headlines

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    — A woman being held in state prison is still nourishing her two-and-a-half-month premature baby in the ICU, sending breast milk pumped behind bars via doctors in a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the state. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

    — Democrats are hopeful about benefits to the Washington-region that could come out of their control of the House of Representatives, including increased Metro funding. Republicans said they shouldn’t get too excited. “The Senate will stop everything dead in its tracks,” one aide said. (The Washington Post)

    — Jennifer Wexton, who beat Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in Northern Virginia, came out in support of D.C. statehood. (WAMU)

    — Bird Rides, the electric scooter rental company, has racked up more than $18,000 in impound fees in Norfolk and has shown no signs it’s planning to try to get the 520 seized vehicles back. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    — A Virginia Beach economic development employee was indicted on three felony counts of embezzlement for allegedly spending $4,000 in city funds to send packages to his girlfriend in the Philippines. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    — A state trooper was convicted of falsifying public records in Smyth County after he accidentally destroyed drugs being held as evidence and then lied about it. (The Roanoke Times)

    — A gay couple in Culpeper who planned to enroll their three-year-old son in a Catholic pre-K program said administrators told them they couldn’t attend school events together as a couple because doing so would contradict church teachings. (Culpeper Star Exponent)

    — A forum at the Capitol over the weekend took up bias in school discipline, which often is more harsh for students of color. (WTOP)

    — Advocates pushing the General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment launched a 10-day bus tour around the state. (WVTF)

    — The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press announced plans to further downsize their newsrooms, with corporate parent Tribune Publishing citing rising cost of newsprint and the costs that followed the fatal shooting of five employees at The Capital in Annapolis. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    — Communities around the state honored veterans with parades and ceremonies. (The Daily ProgressThe Danville Register & BeeThe Free-Lance StarThe Virginia Gazette)

     

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