Pharmacists are supposed to dispense overdose-reversal drug without a prescription, but some are not; protestors confront McAuliffe during book signing; algae bloom continue at Lake Anna and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• With opioid deaths mounting, Virginia started allowing pharmacies to dispense the overdose-reversal drug naloxone without a prescription. But nearly a quarter of pharmacies surveyed in the Hampton Roads area were unwilling to sell it without a doctor’s note. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says his administration completed negotiations surrounding a $1.5 billion redevelopment plan that includes a new coliseum, bus transfer center, hotel and apartments. The plan still needs to be vetted and approved by city council members. – WCVE

• Victims of the 2017 car attack in Charlottesville traveled to a Washington bookstore to confront Gov. Terry McAuliffe during a signing for his new book on the fatal white supremacist rally. They asked him not to donate proceeds to police and criticized, “McAuliffe’s positive characterization of police actions that day.” – WAMU

• Thousands of enslaved African Americans were buried on plantations around the state. As the land is redeveloped activists are fighting for access for descendants. – WCVE

• Congress laid into Navy leaders over problems with the Newport News-built aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, which can’t be deployed because elevators that transport ordnance to the flight deck don’t work. – The Virginian-Pilot

• UVA is considering renaming a building that “currently honors a eugenicist who believed that slavery benefited African Americans.” – The Daily Progress

• The state’s top mental health official was hospitalized with serious injuries after a three-car wreck that killed an 18-year-old Staunton resident. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owes $2 million in delinquent taxes to 10 Virginia local governments: Orange, Tazewell, Wise, Russell, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt, Dickenson, Prince George and Lee. – WDBJ-7

• A Richmond sheriff’s deputy who worked as a jail chaplain was sentenced to four years in prison for having sex with an inmate he was counseling. “He thought he could get away with it because no one would believe [the victim].” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former Gov. Jim Gilmore is moving to Vienna after Trump named him Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. – Gray

• Lake Anna continues to be plagued by algae blooms. Residents blame runoff from farms. “I’ve seen it; it’s disgusting.” – Culpeper Star-Exponent

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