Legislature eyes local restrictions on Airbnb; KKK recruitment material shows up in Southwest Virginia; Virginia Beach aviators lead first all-female flyover and other headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • Del. Dawn Adams, D-Richmond, sent a newsletter to constiuents saying she regretted not reading an abortion-related bill from Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, more closely. Adams, a nurse practitioner, said she thought the bill only removed “onerous” restrictions put in place in 2012. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • The state Senate has advanced a tax policy plan that includes raising the standard deduction, retaining the ability to itemize certain business interests and local taxes and a set refund amount for tax filers. – The Daily Press
  • Voters won’t get to decide if the state should take out $3 billion worth of bonds to fund school construction. Senators killed the proposal to put the idea out in a statewide referendum. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A bill moving through the Senate would override limits Fairfax County placed on homeowners who rent their homes out on sites like Airbnb. – The Washington Post
  • A resident in Salem reported a KKK recruitment flyer showed up in his yard on Wednesday. Local police reported the incident to the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force. – The Roanoke Times
  • Similar materials showed up earlier this week in Abingdon, Gate City and Weber City. “At this time, there is nothing to be concerned about, and the literature in the bags are not of threatening contents, from what has been gathered at this time,” Weber City Police said. – Bristol Herald Courier
  • Alumni of Albemarle County’s high school for black students want to designate the building, which is now a middle school, a historical landmark. – The Daily Progress
  • A group of aviators from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach will complete the U.S. Navy’s first all-female flyover in honor of Rosemary Mariner, the first female military aviator who commanded an air squadron. – WTKR
  • A prisoner in Hampton Roads Regional Jail said the facility’s medical provider failed to properly treat a puncture wound, which led to his foot having to be amputated. He’s suing for $10 million. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • The Salem VA Medical Center told 805 veterans who were seen at a Danville clinic that their blood pressure readings may have been falsified to keep them right below the limit that’s considered hypertension. – The Roanoke Times
  • A parent in Albemarle County said their child experienced psychological trauma because of an activity that separated students based on eye color to teach about discrimination. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave. – The Daily Progress
  • A man booked at the Virginia Beach jail was transferred to the hospital and died after about four hours of arriving at the jail. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Ten dogs from Virginia are slated to compete in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Sunday. – WRIC
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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.