Local control over monuments advances, Medicaid coverage for doulas, slain Newport News officer mourned and more headlines

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• “An omnibus bill seeking to put control of war monuments into the hands of localities was approved by a Virginia Senate committee on a party-line vote Monday.”—The Daily Progress

• Someone dumped red paint on a memorial to a Confederate cavalry commander in Harrisonburg for the second time in less than a year.—Daily News-Record

• Legislation to expunge records of prostitution convictions for victims of human trafficking failed this year. Lawmakers said they will spend the next year studying the issue, along with about 30 other bills that would clear certain convictions from criminal records.—Daily Press

• Lawmakers are considering legislation to cover doulas under Medicaid.—WVTF

• A House subcommittee voted to kill a bill that would “would have given student-athletes the chance to earn compensation that comes from the use of his or her name, image or likeness.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “An ex-employee who admitted stealing money from Portsmouth’s housing authority was ordered Monday to spend five years on probation and pay back the cash.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• A private consultant hired by Richmond City Council to review a major downtown development proposal mostly praised the deal, but a majority of council members say they still oppose the project.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• More than 3,000 people gathered for a memorial honoring Newport News Police Officer Katie Thyne, who was killed last month when she was struck by a man who tried to drive away while she questioned him about suspected marijuana use.—The Virginian-Pilot

• A small, 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Louisa County and felt in surrounding jurisdiction, including Spotsylvania and Culpeper. “I thought one of my neighbors had started a large truck or something.”—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Planners in James City County said there was no hope on the horizon to ease traffic on a busy stretch of road. “We’re sort of doomed.”—The Virginia Gazette

• When state authorities expressed little interest in his complaint against unwanted robocalls, a Chesapeake man took matters into his own hands: He hired a lawyer to file a lawsuit. “I had to take a stand,” the 61-year-old said. “If folks don’t take a stand against telemarketers, then we are never going to get away from it.”— The Virginian-Pilot

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