NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• Alexandria’s commonwealth’s attorney is the latest in the state to announce a diversion program to dismiss most misdemeanor marijuana convictions. Similar attempts hit snags in Portsmouth and Norfolk, but officials think the judiciary in Northern Virginia might be more receptive. – The Washington Post
• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, addressed sexism she faced on the campaign trail, sometimes in the form of questions about how she was taking care of herself: “I think it’s because I’m a woman. All these women will be like, ‘Are you doing okay? How’s your self-care?’ I’m like, I don’t have fucking self-care! I’m running for Congress. I’ll take a nap in November. Do you want me to win this, or do you want me to go to yoga?” – The Cut
• Dominion Energy announced a plan that could provide all-electric school buses to Virginia schools by 2030. Dominion’s interest? The batteries, which it wants to use to store energy during the day when the buses aren’t being used. – WAMU
• Dr. Jennifer Lee, who oversaw the expansion of Virginia’s Medicaid program to an additional 300,000 people, is stepping down. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• An ER nurse from Albemarle, Kellen Squire, is the first candidate to announce a run for lieutenant governor in 2021. The Democrat said he hopes to channel populist Henry Howell, who pledged to “keep the big boys honest.” – The Virginian-Pilot
• Three state lawmakers – Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, and Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax – endorsed U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris for president. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The founder of a fast-growing reverse mortgage company based in Chesterfield County – whose family is heavily invested in redeveloping a Richmond neighborhood – was arrested and charged with securities fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud. – Richmond BizSense
• “A former director who served on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board from 2013 to 2017 says the board’s elections are undemocratic, with the board routinely voting itself back into power without regard for the popular vote of the cooperative’s member-owners.” – The Winchester Star
• It’s not uncommon to receive personal property tax bills from two localities if you moved recently, but don’t pay both. – The Virginian-Pilot
• Virginia State Police are investigating Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay following an “ethics complaint alleging McKay swapped a political favor for a real estate deal.” – WAMU
• “The University of Virginia announced Thursday that it will join a growing number of colleges around the country this fall in selling alcohol at home football games.” – The Daily Progress
• A Virginia Beach man talked for the first time about shooting two would-be robbers at a 7-Eleven in late July. “(The clerk) was like, ‘Man, you’re my hero. You need a Gatorade or anything? Anytime you come in here, you’re good.’ And I was like, ‘Thanks, but the cops are here now and we got to put our hands up.’” – The Virginian-Pilot
• Going out of town this weekend? Traffic is going to be terrible and you probably should have left already. – WAMU
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