Another wrongful death suit at Hampton Roads jail, offshore drilling ban, presidential primaries and Virginia, and more headlines

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• Yet another lawsuit alleges staff at Hampton Roads Regional Jail ignored an inmate’s medical distress before he died. At least 22 inmates have died at the facility since 2015, and seven wrongful death lawsuits have been filed.—The Virginian-Pilot

• For the umpteenth time, lawmakers put off a decision on competing redistricting proposals, this time in the Senate committee on elections.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Virginia is moving to block drilling for oil off the state’s coast under legislation that passed through both the House of Delegates and state Senate this week.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• Lawmakers are advancing legislation that would let people with restricted licenses from DUI arrests drive wherever they want as long as they have an ignition interlock installed in their car.—Daily Press

• Democrats remain divided over whether domestic and farm workers should continue to be exempted from the state’s minimum wage laws.—VPM

• The Battlefields Foundation is angling for a $1.6 million state grant to build an African American history center in Winchester, drawing criticism from some black history organizations, who note that the foundation is led by an entirely white board that erected a new Confederate monument in Winchester last year.—C-VILLE 

• Democratic presidential candidates are focusing their primary pitches in Virginia on immigrant and African American voters.—WAMU

• Bernie Sanders’ becoming the Democratic presidential nominee would complicate reelection efforts for U.S. Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia Beach, and Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, both of whom ran centrist campaigns to narrowly win seats in red districts.—The Washington Post

• A Richmond councilwoman said she’s asking the FBI to investigate Mayor Levar Stoney for corruption after his administration stalled building permits for her top political donor. Stoney’s office called the accusation “wholly inappropriate” and said the city is simply following state and federal environmental protection laws.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “The Richmond area is a step closer to creating the regional transportation authority it declined to pursue seven years ago, when the state adopted a sweeping transportation funding package that included new taxes for priority projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Hampton City Council plans to swap a Confederate general for an astronaut, scheduling a vote to rename its Magruder Boulevard for Neil Armstrong.—The Virginian-Pilot

• “A Fredericksburg judge refused Monday to grant an injunction to stop the city from removing a slave auction block from a downtown street corner, but did give the building owner challenging the move time to file an appeal.”—The Free Lance-Star

• The Homestead unveiled plans to restore bath houses built in Warm Springs in the 1800s. The domed structures — one for men and one for women — have been closed since 2017 when a building inspector noticed rotting joints. Preservationists worried the resort’s owner, Omni, wouldn’t make repairs.—The Roanoke Times

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