Data shows how often private day schools restrain students with disabilities; Kaine and Warner ask about flying beach umbrellas; Supreme Court says Norfolk can’t drop marijuana charges and more headlines

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  • A $100,000 information campaign is aimed at getting more people to sign up for flood insurance in Hampton Roads, where sea-level rise poses the biggest threat and the number of people carrying flood insurance has fallen 5 percent in five years. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Of the 29,997 reports Richmond police officers documented in 2017 and 2018, 65 percent of the people documented were listed as black. Forty-nine percent of the city’s population is black. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Data shows private day schools that serve Virginia students with disabilities secluded and restrained students 28,458 times over the past two school years. – WCVE
  • Carilion Clinic’s Jefferson College of Health Sciences will celebrate its last graduating class Friday before it merges with Radford University. – Roanoke Times
  • U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as senators from New Jersey, want to know what federal agencies are aware and doing anything about the dangers of flying beach umbrellas. – Roll Call
  • At least five Virginians borrowed from a Native American tribe in Michigan and are now suing, claiming the process violates Virginia’s lending laws. The court will have to decide whether the loan operation is entitled to tribal immunity. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A Virginia Supreme Court panel has dismissed a request from Norfolk prosecutors to dismiss two marijuana-possession charges they wanted tossed out in local court.- Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A jury found a Pulaski man guilty of firing his crossbow into the back of another vehicle during a road rage incident last year – but acquitted him of trying to murder the other driver. – Roanoke Times
  • Stephen James Powers, who detonated a pipe bomb in Colonial Williamsburg in 2017,  might have been planning to kill his wife, prosecutors say. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Meth is getting more popular in Southwest Virginia, but law enforcement officials don’t think it’s being made there. – Bristol Herald Courier
  • The State Corporation Commission approved 11 new programs costing $226 million requested by Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, the beginning of what’s supposed to be about $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs.- Associated Press
  • A Norfolk brewery was named the state’s most environmentally friendly brewery. – WTKR
  • The peacock from Northern Virginia who escaped to find a mate has returned home. – The Washington Post

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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.