Northam meets with black leaders in Danville; Albemarle sets goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions; Google will install Wifi on Bath County school buses and more headlines

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• A federal judge approved a $3 million settlement in a case brought by the family of Jamycheal Mitchell, scolding authorities at Hampton Roads Regional Jail where the 24-year-old died in 2015 and calling the events “shameful.” – Daily Press

• Following the passage of legislation inspired by Mitchell’s case, state officials are writing new regulations governing mental health care in jails, which will require at least one surprise inspection of every local jail annually. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Henrico County Democratic Committee deleted but did not apologize for a fundraising pitch on social media that alleged a coded hand signal linked House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter. “The whole thing is ridiculous,” said Cox’s office. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Fairfax County Public Schools is investigating the district’s use of seclusion and restrain after a report that students were routinely isolated but that the actions were never reported to the federal government as required. – The Washington Post

• Former congressional candidate Shaun Brown, sentenced to prison for fraud, said she’ll run for the seat currently held by Rep. Bobby Scott from prison. – WAVY

• Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are split on Medicare for All proposals. – WVTF

• Dominion Energy is facing widespread opposition to its $870 million energy efficiency spending plan, which was pitched as a way to help the poor but the company now argues should include up to a $350 million set aside for the company to make up for lost revenue. – Associated Press

• Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation cutting the tax on tampons and diapers in half. – Associated Press

• Northam also signed legislation requiring Dominion Energy to clean up unlined coal ash pits. – Associated Press

• Northam met wit African-American leaders in Danville. “The last few weeks, the events that we have witnessed in the commonwealth of Virginia and this country have been very hurtful,” Northam said. “And I regret that.” – The Register & Bee

• Two former Lynchburg City Schools administrators are accusing the district of racial discrimination, alleging they were unfairly targeted for demotions or layoffs and that a former superintendent referred to black employees as “the help.” The former superintendent calls the claims “false and outrageous.” – The News & Advance

• Albemarle County set a goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. – The Daily Progress

• Portsmouth is demolishing and rebuilding one of its public housing communities. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Google is putting WiFi in Bath County school buses so students can get homework done on the long rides to and from school. – The Roanoke Times

• A Virginia Beach teenager accused of stabbing a police officer in the thigh was too high to answer a detective’s questions, his lawyers argue. A judge has not ruled on the request to suppress his initial statements. – The Virginian-Pilot

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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.