Regulators getting cozy with gambling interests? Also Nic Cage, poop and a Roanoke riverwalk
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How cozy are state regulators with the company hoping to bring casino gambling to Virginia?
So cozy that, when accused of being too cozy, the chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission let the company’s representatives ghost write the first draft of a letter asserting the board is not, in fact, cozy. Graham Moomaw at the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
- The latest SOL scores come out Wednesday, prompting a fresh round of debate about the value of the tests. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to control the invasive tree of heaven plant using a fungus. The tree, which comes from China, is spreading in Virginia. – The Roanoke Times
- The last “yock” restaurant in Hampton Roads is closing. The Chinese-soul-food fusion is unique to the region. – The Virginian-Pilot
- The Virginia Board of Pharmacy is reviewing 51 applications from companies seeking five licenses to process medical marijuana into CBD oil. – The Virginian-Pilot
- VDOT is holding public hearings on the planned $3.3 billion overhaul of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, which is scheduled for completion in 2024 at the earliest. Half of the new lanes will include tolls. – The Virginian-Pilot
- Work is underway on massive new transmission lines across the James River between Surry and James City counties. – The Daily Press
- Fredericksburg residents are conflicted about how the city should preserve and display a slave auction block that remains on a city street corner. – The Free Lance-Star
- After a dam failure threatened to flood parts of Lynchburg, the city has drained the lake and is turning it into a wetland, dropping 500 pounds of seed from a helicopter to get the process started. – The News & Advance
- Augusta County farmers say they’re nervous about Chinese tariffs. – The News Virginian
- All the recent rain has been bad for Virginia wineries. — WTOP
- Citing an active stop-work order, the Mountain Valley Pipeline released about half of its workforce and pushed back its expected completion date to 2019. –The Roanoke Times
- UVA students want more participants in last year’s white supremacist torch rally to be banned from campus. – The Daily Progress
- State officials are warning people to avoid a large algae bloom in parts of Lake Anna that can cause illness and rashes. –Associated Press
- A steam locomotive caught on fire at Busch Gardens. – Associated Press
- Someone in Roanoke has been sticking photos of Nicolas Cage in piles of uncollected dog poop in an apparent reminder that scooping is important. – The Roanoke Times
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