More than 800 new homes have been built in Virginia’s flood-prone areas since 2010; $248 million settlement reached in Hampton Roads drywall case and more headlines

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• The Virginia Lottery says it’s worried untaxed “skill” games that have appeared in bars and gas stations around the state are eating into its profits, which fund public education. The agency counted 4,300 of the machines in 1,350 lottery retailers. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• People are still building in flood-prone coastal regions of the state, according to a study that found over 800 new homes valued at $420 million in at-risk areas were constructed since 2010. – VPM

• A judge said U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen committed “a serious error in judgement” when he had six state police officers removed from a courtroom during the trial of an officer accused of bribery and obstructing justice. Cullen told his staff that he viewed the officers’ presence as “an inappropriate and staged protest against our office and the FBI.” – The Roanoke Times

• The manufacturer of toxic, Chinese drywall sold through a distributor in Norfolk throughout the mid-2000s agreed to pay a $248 million settlement to the people it sickened. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Newport News police say an officer and civilian ride along were shot after being ambushed by a murder suspect who snuck up on the police car and opened fire. – Daily Press

• After 40 years in a state psychiatric hospital, a Virginia Beach murder defendant will be released, in part because doctors say he hasn’t heard voices telling him “to kill everyone” since he began taking a new drug four years ago. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Beach City Council voted to ban electric scooters from its resort area, noting at least 65 injuries over the past year. – The Virginian-Pilot

• The Democrat running against Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, said putting filing deadlines on her calendar helped her get paperwork in on time to make sure she got on the ballot – an issue that forced Freitas to run as a write-in candidate. “I get very, very anxious about getting my forms turned in—like, whew, got that off my plate,” she said. – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• The family of an inmate at Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville is suing for $103 million, alleging guards ignored him as he crashed around his cell, bleeding, banging for help. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Among the benefits Richmond’s mayor attributed to a proposed downtown development centering around a new downtown was 480 units of affordable housing, but most of the units would be subject to income restrictions on par with market rate rents in the area. – VPM

• The national NAACP ousted the president of the organization’s Virginia conference. Officials blamed organizational problems and a failure to hire an executive director for more than five years. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Wildlife Center of Virginia says it nursed three bald eagles back to health and will release them back into the wild this week. – Associated Press

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