Inadequate medical care at a women’s prison; Shaun Brown sentenced in federal fraud case; Roanoke getting mitigation money from pipeline and more headlines

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• Inmates at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland County said they are not getting adequate medical care and fear getting sick will kill them after an inmate died last year because of the flu and MRSA. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Shaun Brown, a two-time congressional candidate, was sentenced to three years in prison and one year of home confinement in a federal fraud case. – Daily Press

• Pharell Williams’ Something in the Water festival has nearly sold out hotels and Airbnbs at Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront. “I don’t think we have seen an event sell out the market that fast ever before,” the president of the Virginia Beach Hotel Association said. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Roanoke County is accepting $500,000 in mitigation money from the Mountain Valley Pipeline to compensate for the project’s impact on historically significant areas around Bent Mountain. – The Roanoke Times

• Liberty University is asking Bedford County for what would be one of its largest rezoning in the last 10 years to build a general aviation facility for the Liberty University School of Aeronautics. – The News & Advance

• Telephone solicitors and the companies on whose behalf they are calling will be responsible for violations of the Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act under a bill signed by Gov. Ralph Northam. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Northam also signed a bill to stop universities from hiring individuals appointed by the governor to their boards of visitors within two years of the expiration of their terms. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• James Monroe High School students in Fredericksburg honored a classmate who died Monday after collapsing in gym class. – The Free Lance- Star

• The Virginia Beach School Board voted to ask City Council for nearly $5 million to start full-day kindergarten by this fall. It could mean a tax increase. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A soldier accused of taking 12-ton armored vehicle from Fort Pickett on a joy ride last summer violated the terms of his bond recently by researching bomb-making and traveling to Iraq. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Chesapeake leaders voted to do away with the threat of incarceration for trick-or-treating teens after a 1970s city ordinance went viral last year and earned the city some bad press. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Rohit, a four-year-old scimitar-horned oryx, died last month at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia after “an altercation” with a younger oryx, the facility said.- The Washington Post

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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach.