Human Rights Campaign to make six-figure donations to Democrats; patients with dementia often end up in state mental hospitals; someone puts TVs on Henrico County doorsteps and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• “The Democratic-aligned law firm that successfully challenged parts of Virginia’s 2011 redistricting plan is asking a federal court to award its side more than $4.5 million in attorneys’ fees and litigation costs.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Human Rights Campaign says it plans to donate six figures to 27 Democratic candidates – an unprecedented level of involvement in state-level races for the national group. “Our laser focus is on Speaker Cox. Earlier this year, there were two pieces of legislation that would have added nondiscrimination protections. It was passed in the Republican-led Senate, but the House of Delegates stopped it.” – The Washington Post

• The number of eviction filings in Virginia last year held steady, with almost 166,000 cases initiated. Landlords won about 55 percent of them. – VPM

• Nearly half of legislative candidates this year have virtually no debt and another 25 to 30 percent reported owning securities worth at least $250,000. – Virginia Public Access Project

• Richmond City Council members voted down a proposal to add a referendum to the November ballot asking voters if they think the city should build the state’s largest arena. An independent effort to get the measure on the ballot also appears to have failed, falling 400 signatures short. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• In Virginia, patients with dementia who become combative often have no place to go but state mental hospitals. “They end up with these patients, ready or not.” – Daily Press

• Authorities in Norfolk blamed the accidental release of a murder suspect days before his trial on a paperwork mixup. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Fairfax County Board of Supervisors died suddenly from a heart attack after spending the day campaigning. – The Washington Post

• Members of the Monacan Indian Nation spoke out against a planned water project in Fluvanna County on the site of the tribe’s historic capital. “I don’t think any of you gentleman would like to see your grandparents and great-grandparents dug up and removed.” – The Daily Progress

• The old TVs in Henrico are picking up national attention, including this bulletin from The Post: “It was kind of like Christmas — except it was August, the only presents were vintage television sets, and Santa had a TV on his head.” – The Washington Post

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