Fairfax County jury charges Park Police with manslaughter, hazard pay for home health workers, Richmond’s first medical marijuana dispensary, and more headlines

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• A Fairfax County grand jury charged two U.S. Park Police officers with manslaughter in the 2017 shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar, an unarmed motorist who tried to drive away from them. “Our heavy hearts are a little lighter tonight,” Ghaisar’s family said.—Washington Post

• Gov. Ralph Northam will use $73 million in CARES Act funding to provide hazard pay to more than 40,000 home health care workers for their services during the pandemic.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Roanoke College poll found former Vice President Joe Biden with a 15-point lead over President Donald Trump in Virginia.—Roanoke Times

• Black trainees at the DEA’s Virginia training academy say they were subjected to racist taunts, according to internal records, including a firing range instructor making “monkey noises.”—Associated Press

• The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced it will pay $6.3 million to 51 victims of sexual abuse by clergy.—WRIC

• A 54-year-old woman who was “a suspect in a sensational murder case involving a former sheriff’s investigator” died of an apparent overdose in the Henry County jail while awaiting a bond hearing. The sheriff’s office investigated her death, but the Virginia Department of Corrections will conducts its own review.—Martinsville Bulletin

• Ashley Spinks, a Virginia journalist who ran The Floyd Press mostly on her own, was fired after doing a media interview about cost-cutting by corporate owner Lee Enterprises. “They kind of went from zero to the nuclear option…They went from one editorial staffer to no one covering the county, which is a real shame.—Washingtonian

• The New York Times Style Magazine put Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue, in its current, reimagined state, at the top of its list of “The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II.”—New York Times

• Transportation officials say Hampton should prepare for significant traffic congestion with work on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel expansion ramping up.—Daily Press

• Richmond’s first medical marijuana dispensary plans to open its doors at the end of the month. Its processing facility is expected to produce about 2,000 pounds of cannabis per month. A similar dispensary in Bristol, one of five allowed in the state, is having its grand opening this weekend.—Richmond Times-DispatchWCYB

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