Inmate begged for medical help before death at Hampton Roads Regional Jail; Opponents are outraising incumbents in eight primary races; ABC has more bottles of Pappy Van Winkle and more headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• The man killed in a machete attack on the Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia was a soldier suffering from PTSD after three tours in Iraq who had hoped to find peace through nature. – The Washington Post

• It’s legal to grow hemp in Virginia now, but police say it’s hard to distinguish the legally cultivated stuff from marijuana. State scientists say they are evaluating a test. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Records show a 51-year-old roofer jailed at Hampton Roads Regional Jail spent months begging for medical care before his sudden death. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Chesterfield judge who slammed the top administrators of Riverside Regional Jail for their care of inmates in need of psychiatric care dismissed two contempt charges after an independent evaluator determined the jail was doing “the best it can with its limited resources.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• In eight General Assembly races, incumbents are being outraised by their opponents. Five are Republicans and three are Democrats. “What it means is that incumbent has either become complacent or hasn’t had a challenger in such a long time they don’t really have a fundraising operation in place or it says that a lot of people think that incumbent is in trouble and they’re not willing to invest in an incumbent they think might lose.” – WVTF

• The state is launching a new program to make sure Spanish-speakers know about expanded Medicaid services. – WVTF

• Virginia residents stuck with triple-digit interest rates from online loans are asking federal regulators not to loosen rules surrounding collection efforts, sharing horror stories that advocates say are increasingly common. – Daily Press

• Archaeologists are taking a second pass at recovering artifacts and other relics from Revolutionary War-era shipwrecks near Yorktown. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A former CIA officer living in Leesburg was sentenced to 20 years in prison for spying on behalf of China. – Loudoun Times-Mirror

• The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority is holding another Pappy Van Winkle lottery. This time they have 331 bottles, for which winners will pay $170. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Ned Oliver
Ned, a Lexington native, has a decade’s worth of experience in journalism, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He also has the awards to show for it, including taking a pair of first-place honors at the Virginia Press Association awards earlier this year for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass.