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Prosecutors haven’t said if a Portsmouth police officer was justified in shooting a burglary suspect; reviving a closed hospital in Patrick County; composting in Virginia prisons and more headlines

By: - October 18, 2018 7:10 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • Last year, a Portsmouth police officer shot an 18-year-old burglary suspect in the back as he was fleeing the scene. Nearly a year later, prosecutors say their investigation is complete, but they have yet to announce if the shooting was justified. — The Virginian Pilot
  • Patrick County is considering purchasing a shuttered hospital and finding a new operator. Since the hospital closed, rescue crews have had to drive patients across the county for care, meaning trips that can last as long as 35 or 50 minutes depending on where they are in the county. — Martinsville Bulletin
  • In the lawsuit that seven Unite the Right victims filed against the white supremacists and neo-Nazi individuals who held the rally last year, new documents illustrate divisions between the organizers leading up to the deadly event. — The Daily Progress
  • The University of Virginia has claimed that it has forgiven out-of-pocket medical bills for the victims of the Unite the Right rally, but some say their debt has still gone to collectors. — The Daily Progress
  • Richmond’s school superintendent is proposing a 10-cent increase to real estate taxes. It would add about $24 million to the struggling schools, which face major infrastructure challenges. But the chances of success are slim, especially since the Mayor hasn’t expressed support. — Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A consultant’s report on the firms that Virginia Beach contracts shows that few businesses hired by the city are owned by minorities or women. — The Virginian Pilot
  • Two Christopher Newport University students died over the school’s fall break. — The Daily Press
  • Deer mating season has begun, and you have higher chances of encountering one on the road. But experts say it’s better to hit them than to swerve — you won’t risk as much damage to your car. — Associated Press
  • Joe Biden plans to visit Newport News on Friday and meet with leaders of the local steelworkers union. He’s one of several Democrats eyeing a 2020 presidential bid. — The Daily Press
  • Even inmates are getting in on the composting game. The Virginia Department of Corrections has received a federal grant to start composting at 18 prison sites in an effort to reduce food waste. Last year, the facilities produced more than 16,400 tons of waste, equalling nearly a million dollars in landfill costs. — Associated Press

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Katie O'Connor
Katie O'Connor

Katie, a Manassas native, has covered health care, commercial real estate, law, agriculture and tourism for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond BizSense and the Northern Virginia Daily. Last year, she was named an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Health Journalism Fellow, a program to aid journalists in making national health stories local and using data in their reporting. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of The Flat Hat, the college paper, and editor-in-chief of The Gallery, the college’s literary magazine.