Culpeper sheriff faces second immigration suit; Hopewell meeting erupts; Taylor dissects loss and more headlines

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    — The Culpeper County Sheriff is facing a second lawsuit in two months over his decision to enter into a cooperation agreement with ICE. The latest challenge filed by the ACLU questions whether local authorities can legally enforce federal immigration laws in Virginia without explicit approval in state code. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)

    — A Hopewell City Council discussion of a potential charter change devolved into shouting, bawling and calls for police. “You’re going to go on the record as being the worst mayor in the history of Hopewell!” one member shouted as he stormed out of the chamber. (The Progress-Index)

    — A former Norfolk fireman says he was demoted and then forced to retire after his boss learned he was gay. He’s suing the city for unspecified damages. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    — The U.S. Department of Education stripped a Richmond elementary school of its National Blue Ribbon status following an SOL cheating scandal. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

    — U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, R-2nd District, blames his loss to Democrat Elaine Luria on Corey Stewart’s extremism, Democrats’ voter registration efforts and the vast unpopularity of President Donald Trump. “Women said to me, ‘I like you, but I’ve been waiting two years to do this.’ I don’t want to use that as an excuse,” he said. “But this is reality.” He didn’t rule out challenging Luria again in two years. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    — A federal appeals court ordered a new hearing for a Fairfax County man sentenced to death for rape and murder. The court ruled a defense witness’ testimony was wrongly limited during trial. (The Washington Post)

    — A member of the State Air Pollution Control board says he’ll recuse himself from voting on a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, leaving just four members to rule on the closely-watched permit request. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

    — A courtroom sketch artist hired by the Associated Press has been documenting the trial of James Fields in Charlottesville. (The Daily Progress)

    — The number of people defaulting on their auto loans in Virginia has increased 20 percent over the last three years. (WVTF)

    — Will Crystal City keep its funky side once Amazon arrives? (WAMU)

    — Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne is looking into ways to increase financial oversight across state government after Medicaid managed care estimates were off by hundreds of millions of dollars. (Daily Press)

    — Former Virginia Tech freshman Nathalie Keepers was sentenced to 40 years in prison for helping murder a 13-year-old in Blacksburg. (The Roanoke Times)

    — Botetourt County officials voted to allow people living in residential neighborhoods to raise, chickens, quail, pheasants, doves, pigeons, rabbits and honey bees. (The Roanoke Times)

    — Capitol Police charged a 29-year-old Henrico County man with driving under the influence of drugs and carrying an open container of alcohol after he drove his 2001 Honda Accord onto Capitol Square, past a guard house and around the building to the South Portico, where he abandoned his car and fled on foot before being apprehended. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)