Attorney General Mark Herring opposes $4.5M redistricting case price tag; Virginia Tech adds cameras to electric scooters to study wrecks and more headlines

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• Hampton Roads is under a tropical storm watch as Dorian weakens. Officials warned of tidal flooding Friday afternoon. – The Virginian-Pilot

• “Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is opposing a Democratic-aligned law firm’s attempt to collect more than $4.5 million in fees and litigation costs after winning its redistricting lawsuit challenging the Virginia House of Delegates map.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Prison officials announced a new visitation policy aimed at keeping contraband out of state prisons by capping inmates’ visitor lists at 10 people and only allowing changes twice a year. – Associated Press

• “When a rider is cited for not paying the fare to board a bus or train in Northern Virginia, the ticket is more likely to be dropped in the courts than paid. Only 278 of the 1,306 fare evasion citations handled by the Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria general district courts between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, were paid, according to court records.” – The Washington Post

• Virginia Tech fitted 300 electric scooters on campus with cameras and sensors to gather data on wrecks and come up with recommendations to make them safer. – WTOP

• Norfolk Southern furloughed 130 employees in its Roanoke locomotive shop. – The Roanoke Times

• Students at a Fairfax high school are stocking bathrooms with free tampons and pads. “What we were finding is that girls are frustrated because if you get your period at school, you’d have to ask for permission to leave class, go all the way down to the clinic, ask for a pad from our male clinic aide.” – WAMU

• It’s ginseng harvesting season, but state agriculture officials note there are rules for harvesting the wild plant, which is listed as endangered. – Associated Press

• A group of retired teachers in Norfolk holds an annual back-to-school party, but mostly to celebrate the fact that they themselves are not going not returning for another year. “Do they miss the kids? Sure. Do they wish they were back in the classroom? ‘Oh no,’ retired Norfolk teacher Yvette Williams said. ‘I’m good.’” – The Virginian-Pilot

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