Amazon news keeps coming; Fredericksburg’s new baseball team; Lynchburg teachers rally for pay increases and more headlines

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    — How much did the state spend to woo Amazon? At least $2 million to retain various companies to help craft a $573 million offer, according to newly released documents. – The Virginian-Pilot

    — It took six years, but Fredericksburg finally caught its own minor league baseball team. The city will team up with the Potomac Nationals for the deal. Still to be ironed out: If the name will change and if well-known mascot Uncle Slam will stay on. – Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

    — The Select Committee on School Safety finalized recommendations yesterday to guide work during the General Assembly session. On the list were items like funding for more School Resource Officers and creating a suicide prevention hotline. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

    — Four former employees of the Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services filed suit against the department and the county Board of Supervisors, claiming they worked in a hostile work environment with no clear grievance procedure. – Danville Register & Bee

    — Two Montgomery County sheriff deputies will not be charged in connection with the August death of 18-year-old Taylor Kiel Etienne Tincher, who died when deputies responded to a disturbance call. – The Roanoke Times

    — A judge ordered that electronic communication and devices from two dozen white nationalists involved with a deadly rally last year in Charlottesville be turned over as part of an ongoing trial. – Associated Press

    —For the third year in a row, Attorney General Mark Herring will announce a package of legislation aimed at combating violence by white supremacists and other hate crimes. – The Washington Post

    — The leader of Virginia Beach’s Human Rights Commission was arrested this week on charges related to domestic violence. – The Virginian-Pilot

    — A woman who was mistakenly arrested in Caroline County received a $20,000 settlement from the state for the mishap, which caused her to be temporarily separated from her children, she said. – Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

    — Teachers in Lynchburg rallied for fair pay Wednesday morning, concerned about pay scales that have been frozen for 10 years. – The News & Advance

    — The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition, which includes a Virginia-based group, released a report this week detailing ways to repurpose old coal mine sites. In Virginia, for example, one former site is slated to become an outdoor adventure resort. – Associated Press