Corey Stewart gets a new gig; Concerns about Amazon FOIA provision; Advocates challenge ICE policy and more headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• A Portsmouth judge ruled that the media can attend the trial of a 14-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy last December. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Corey Stewart will chair a Trump-boosting super PAC called The Keeping America Great PAC. – The Washington Post

• Arlington County officials say language in their proposed agreement with Amazon giving the company two days to contest public record requests is standard contract language. Open government advocates say it’s not. – The Washington Post

• A poll found broad support for the Amazon deal among Arlington residents. The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the project Saturday. – InsideNoVa

• Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is still on leave at his law firm while it investigates sexual assault allegations against him. – WVTF

• Immigration advocates are challenging an Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail policy of notifying ICE prior to releasing both undocumented and legal immigrants, but legislation that passed the General Assembly and is awaiting the governor’s signature would require jails to continue notifying the federal agency. — The Daily Progress

• Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, is emerging as a top target for left-leaning Democrats as progressive groups line up behind his primary challenger, human rights attorney Yasmine Taeb. – WCVE

• Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed legislation that would have prevented the state from joining a regional cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction program. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state’s 40 mental health centers are now all offering walk-in evaluations. Previously it has taken days or weeks to get an appointment for an assessment. – Associated Press

• A Virginia Beach councilman whose victory was disqualified after a judge ruled he never intended to live in his district is now facing accusations that he stole a washer and dryer from the duplex he rented to establish residency. – The Virginian-Pilot

• People keep getting their sports cars stuck in the sand on the Outer Banks. “They end up bottoming out and it doesn’t matter that you’ve got 300 horsepower.” – The Virginian-Pilot

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Ned Oliver
Ned, a Lexington native, has a decade’s worth of experience in journalism, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He also has the awards to show for it, including taking a pair of first-place honors at the Virginia Press Association awards earlier this year for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass.