Redistricting case in front of Supreme Court; State police take recruiting to the big screen; statewide tornado drill this week and more headlines

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Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments today in the racial gerrymandering lawsuit against the House of Delegates. “What’s at stake is the future of who controls the General Assembly.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Ten incumbent Democrats in the General Assembly are facing primary challenges, some, including Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, for the first time since they won their seats. “The Democratic Party right now in Virginia and across the nation is feeling an incredible amount of anger.” – The Washington Post

• The Arlington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve $23 million in local incentives for Amazon’s new offices. The decision followed six hours of public hearing and the meeting was marked by protesters who shouted “shame.” – The Washington Post

• Nestled between Richmond and Hampton Roads, Charles City County is struggling while its neighbors thrive. “This is the land that time forgot.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia State Police are taking their recruiting effort to movie theaters with a 30-second pre-film ad that shows troopers chasing a car with sirens and running with a dog while words like “meaningful” and “valor” appear on the screen. – Associated Press

• Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation fixing a law that intended to protect student privacy by prohibiting schools from sharing their contact info but was worded so broadly some teachers worried they couldn’t email their whole class at once. – The Roanoke Times

• Police in Norfolk refused to release any of their use-of-force reports, citing discretionary exemptions in the state’s Freedom of Information Act. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond Police disproportionately stop black pedestrians and drivers, according to data released by the department. “If we take the example of curfew violations, it would be difficult to believe that the young Black men violate curfew at a rate that would make them 98% of the violations.” – WCVE

• Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, threatened to sue one of his primary challengers for referencing allegations he had an affair with one of his staffers. “Over the weekend, I received reports that Mr. Breeden told someone in a tirade of profanity — that attacked my marriage — that no one should support me for office.” – The Daily Progress

• Leaders in Roanoke are attempting to make racial equity a focus of their comprehensive planning process. It hasn’t exactly gone smoothly. “Here’s what Roanoke’s track record is: When anything gets hard, we stop doing it. So we’re going to plow ahead, as messy as it is.” – The Roanoke Times

• A startup is looking to Hampton Roads to test a system for using high-traffic roads to generate electricity. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia is holding a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday morning. – The Roanoke Times

• The Homestead announced plans to repair and reopen the historic Jefferson Pools next year. Built in the 1800s, they were closed in 2017 after Bath County officials noticed the building was rotting. – The Roanoke Times

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