Morrissey’s win worries some Democrats; mumps outbreak in ICE detention facility; Big Stone Gap residents protest a Walmart’s closure and more headlines

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• Former Del. Joe Morrissey’s primary victory has some Democrats worried – not just about his scandal-plagued past, but whether he’ll cooperate with the party in what could be an evenly split chamber. For his part, Morrissey is relishing his outsider position: “I have one of the most liberating feelings in the world. I don’t go there with any debt, any IOUs. I am not a Dick Saslaw sheep that would follow the herd.” – The Washington Post

• Primary victories by two progressive prosecutors have criminal justice reform advocates excited and at least one police group warning the policies they ran on are “dangerously lenient.” – The Washington Post

• A mumps outbreak at an immigration detention center in Farmville is spreading, with 24 confirmed or suspected cases at the ICE facility. – WVTF

• Ballad Health stopped performing surgeries at its hospital in Norton, but didn’t warn patients or notify the state. “It’s like they don’t realize what’s happened here. I’ll tell you it’s like everything else in Virginia, and this is the absolute truth, when you get to Roanoke, Virginia stops. Basically, they don’t care what’s going on here.” – The Roanoke Times

• Residents of Big Stone Gap in rural Wise County gathered outside the local Walmart to protest the company’s decision to close the location. – Bristol Herald Courier

• An appeals court rejected a case brought by Chinese investors against former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s failed electric car venture, saying that while McAuliffe’s company earned “no laurels,” the investors didn’t do their due diligence. – WCVE

• A former Chesterfield teacher who sued over alleged discrimination by school administrators over her non-gender conforming appearance won a $10,000 settlement. The district also agreed to update its discrimination training. – WCVE

• Richmond schools switched to gender-neutral cap and gowns. Nearby Henrico County says it’s following suit. “We want to make sure our transgender and nonbinary students don’t have to suffer the indignity of being forced to express their gender in a manner contrary to their identity.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• U.S. customs officials seized 20,000 knock-off Barbie dolls imported by Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree. Agents wrote “the upturned upper lip and shape of the dimples at the corner of the mouth” gave the counterfeits away. – The Virginian-Pilot

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