Fairfax retains Kavanaugh’s attorney; Al Sharpton will speak about race in Richmond; a wandering police dog in Fairfax and other headlines from around the state

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  • Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax retained the same attorney that defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh against sexual assault allegations. Fairfax was accused of sexual assault over the weekend and said he would take legal action for what he called a defamatory story. – WCVE
  • As problems pile up for Virginia Democrats, their calls for resignations have stopped. The party will have to decide whether to stick with its principles or retain its political power, the Associated Press writes. – Associated Press
  • Despite the controversy in the Governor’s mansion, budget discussions must go on. Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne said he expects Gov. Ralph Northam to be accessible as the budget is made, despite being out of the public eye since last week.- Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface photo affects more than just Virginia. It’s reopened a wound among black people who are distrustful of doctors. “If you devalue black people, that’s going to impact how you treat black people,” one activist said. “And not just him, all of the medical professionals connected to the school, to the yearbook … basically, your slip is showing. – Associated Press
  • Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, stayed seated in his committee seat while his sister was interviewed for a position on the state Supreme Court. “I’m a member of the courts committee,” he said when asked why he stayed. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a conversation about race at Virginia Union University today. It will be taped for MSNBC and other outlets. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • During his visit to Portsmouth, Vice President Mike Pence thanked Coast Guard members for working without pay during the federal shutdown. Guardsman were the only branch of the military that went without pay during the 35-day shutdown. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Bedford County schools is investigating students displaying Confederate battle flags as part of school spirit day. Some parents said the flag represented racism and administrators said they “received considerable criticism of the post from parents and others in the community about the theme of the post and what they believe it implies about our school and community.” – The News & Advance
  • One of four members of the MS-13 gang who killed a man in 2017 was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Eduardo Zelaya is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and will be eligible for deportation at the end of his sentence. – The Daily Progress
  • A federal appeals court has ruled developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline had the right to condemn private property for the project before paying landowners for it. – The Roanoke Times
  • A Fairfax County police dog-in-training named Browser took a break for a few hours on Tuesday before making his way back to his handler’s home. – The Washington Post

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