Hurricane heading our way; State official apologizes for sharing Nike boycott post; Opioid overflow in Henrico and more Dick Black and Syria
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Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
There’s a hurricane headed in our general direction
The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s staff meteorologist John Boyer reports it’s still too soon to know whether the storm will bring hazardous weather to Virginia, but the current forecast merits attention and preparedness.
- State Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran apologized for sharing a Facebook post by the Virginia State Police Association calling for a boycott of Nike because of its Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Gov. Northam wrote a letter to House Republicans telling them they should ask the federal judges presiding over the state’s redistricting to go ahead and redraw the lines because the General Assembly is at an impasse. GOP leaders responded that they are open to working with Democrats on the lines while they appeal. – The Washington Post
- Sen. Tim Kaine is apparently comfortable enough with his lead over Corey Stewart that he’s been spending his time focused on helping other Democrats on the ballot this fall. – The Washington Post
- Officials in Henrico County are planning to build a third jail to house about 225 inmates amid overcrowding the sheriff attributes to the opioid crisis. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- State Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun, just back from a visit to Syria and sit-down with Assad, appeared on an Arab TV channel accusing the British of planning fake chemical weapons attacks. Experts said he was “perhaps unwittingly” being used to create propaganda. – The Washington Post
- The Republican Party of Virginia elected Jack Wilson, a Chesterfield County lawyer, to serve as its new chairman. He’s an establishment favorite, beating out an opponent who touted early support for Trump. – The Washington Post
- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia is merging its Harrisonburg and Charlottesville offices. – The News Virignian
- Asked about neighboring Lee County’s plans to arm teachers, leaders of other Southwest Virginia school districts said they don’t plan to pursue a similar course, though Wise County’s superintendent stressed he’s not “looking down my nose at any school division that went in this direction.” – The Coalfield Progress
- Three Virginia universities made U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings of top 100 national universities: University of Virginia at No. 25, William and Mary at No. 38, and Virginia Tech at No. 76. Washington and Lee and University of Richmond placed at No. 11 and No. 25 respectively on the magazine’s list of top liberal arts colleges. – U.S. News and World Report
- Preservationists are pushing the Homestead to reopen the Jefferson Pools hot springs, which have been closed for a year after county officials ruled the rotting buildings were structurally unsound. So far, the resort hasn’t made any moves to repair them. – The Roanoke Times
- Researchers at Virginia Tech created an online data library called GeoVine to help state winemakers find good places to grow grapes. – The Roanoke Times
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