Arlington renames Jefferson Davis Highway; Delegate wants to bring Georgia’s restrictive abortion law to Virginia; man charged after HRBT crash and more headlines

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• The state transportation board voted to allow Arlington to rename Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway. County leaders say street signs will be changed no later than Oct. 1. “It’s past time,” said Christian Dorsey, chair of the county board. – The Washington Post

• The city of Richmond hired the daughter of its chief administrator for an unadvertised job and is paying her more than nearly every other employee with the same title. Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration said everything was on the up-and-up and no city policies were violated. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, launched a statewide PAC, which aims to help elect Democrats around the state and signals an interest in a future run for statewide office. Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, took a similar step earlier this month. – The Washington Post

• A Republican in the House of Delegates said he thinks Virginia should enact restrictive abortion laws similar to the measure that just passed in Georgia. “I would love to see Virginia move that way but we have to have a governor who’s willing to sign these things. So we have to make some real progress in the next two years,” said Del. Bob Thomas, R-Fredericksburg. — Think Progress

• Former Del. Joe Morrissey blamed a man he referred to as “Mr. X” for a Morrissey Facebook page that, if operated by Morrissey, would appear to violate campaign finance laws. – WCVE

• Norfolk leaders passed a budget that maintains the city’s recycling program despite rising costs but continues to worry about catching up on its massive debt load from major downtown projects. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Beach passed a budget that directs 23 percent of all funds toward improving stormwater infrastructure. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Grayson County is set to get a major broadband upgrade through legislation that lets electric companies work as middle-mile internet providers. – The Roanoke Times

• Virginia ranks second best in the nation for hospital safety, according to a watchdog group. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Henrico sheriff candidate seeking the Democratic nomination is facing questions about why she signed a Republican loyalty pledge last year. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A planned expansion of Carilion Clinic’s Roanoke Memorial Hospital will make it one of the largest in the state. – WVTF

• Police charged a man for following too closely and causing an eight-vehicle crash that closed the eastbound lanes of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel at the height of rush hour. – The Virginian-Pilot

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