Lee County intent on arming teachers; ‘Southside’s Amazon;’ After snake-hunting trip, State Sen. Dick Black decides not to run again and more headlines

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    • Lawmakers in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. will again consider legislative proposals intended to head off a potential incentive bidding war for a new Redskins’ stadium. (The Washington Post)

    • Officials in Lee County remain hopeful they’ll get permission to arm local school teachers with guns as part of a safety initiative. “Of course there’s some hesitation in the back of my mind. I can’t say that I think this is the greatest thing that could happen. But, in practicality, it’s something I feel like we need to do,” said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons. (WVTF)

    • A federal judge ordered the Virginia Department of Corrections to hire 78 full-time nurses at its correctional center for women in Fluvanna as part of an injunction that followed allegations of poor medical care and several inmate deaths. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    • Public school enrollment is down in Virginia for the first time since 1984. (The Virginian-Pilot)

    • Danville City Council voted to join forces with Bristol and Portsmouth to push for legalized casino gambling in the General Assembly. “This is Southside’s Amazon,” said Councilman Gary Miller. (Danville Register and Bee)

    • Female employees at Virginia’s Deerfield Correctional Center say they had to smuggle in breast-milk pumps and steal away to private offices to use them after being told the official lactation room was a dirty men’s restroom. (The New York Times)

    • A series of charter changes proposed by Charlottesville City Council, including a measure that would increase their salaries, appears doomed after the city’s representatives in the General Assembly refused to introduce the legislation. “Introducing a charter that would allow the City Council to raise their salaries to an untapped amount is a non-starter in the General Assembly,” Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, said. (The Daily Progress)

    • Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th District, is displaying a transgender pride flag outside her congressional office. (The Washington Post)

    • Hospitals in Virginia have published price lists for procedures and services online following the implementation of a new federal rule. But the $1.2 million fee for a heart transplant advertised by UVA Health, for instance, won’t mean that much to a lot of patients: “Health care is not like buying other goods, because the price quoted in the hospital is rarely what anyone pays,” said the director of UVA’s health policy program. (The Daily Progress)

    • In Alexandria, U.S. 1, formerly Jefferson Davis Highway, was formally renamed Richmond Highway. (InsideNOVA)

    • Owners of a Purcellville distillery say their plans for a big European expansion have been sunk by President Donald Trump’s trade war, with one British distributor ghosting them “like a bad girlfriend.” (The Washington Post)

    • State Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun, said he won’t run for re-election. A conservative best known for twice travelling to Syria twice to meet with its president, Bashar al-Assad. He said he came to the decision “a few months ago, while in the Arizona desert hunting poisonous snakes, a pastime he has enjoyed since his childhood in the Florida Everglades.” (The Washington Post)

    • The 300-year-old Virginia House speaker’s chair was returned to the Capitol, but no one is allowed to sit in it, not even Kirk Cox. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)