Dead voter on Shaun Brown petition; Richmond educators resign amid scandal; Central State patient wins judgment
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Dead voter appears on petition
Reports last week that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor’s staff helped gather signatures to get an opponent on the ballot were strange enough.
Now, several of those signatures have been called into question: One belongs to someone who moved, another a dead man, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Taylor stands to benefit by getting Shaun Brown on the ballot, presumably because the former Democrat turned independent would split the vote with Democratic nominee Elaine Luria.
Taylor said he knew his staff was collecting the signatures, but as to the suspicious entries, he told the Times-Dispatch, “Who knows?”
- A Richmond elementary school principal and five other staffers resigned after an SOL cheating investigation found they gave answers to students. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Former Roanoke Times reporter turned-author Beth Macy’s new book is about the origins of the opioid crisis. – The Roanoke Times
- A Roanoke County chemical company agreed to pay an $86,000 fine for a spill last year that killed more than 40,000 fish in Tinker Creek. The company said a plastic storage tank of Termix 5301 sprang a leak. – The Roanoke Times
- A federal judge ordered a former doctor and nurse at Central State Hospital in Petersburg to pay a mental patient $385,000 in damages after finding, among other things, that the staffers had encouraged other patients to fight the plaintiff, rewarding the attacker with food, alcohol and drugs. – The Virginian-Pilot
- A retired Navy captain says Norfolk is in jeopardy of losing its base to sea level rise if the region doesn’t work together to address the issue. – The Virginian-Pilot
- The trial of a man charged with trying to kill state Sen. Louise Lucas was scheduled to begin Monday but was delayed while the court tries to sort out whether the man is sane enough to stand trial. – The Virginian-Pilot
- A Charlottesville City Council meeting degenerated into shouting and bickering as members debated their failed attempt to hire an interim city manager. – The Daily Progress
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