Richmond mayor wants local versions of failed General Assembly proposals; Sen. Amanda Chase says she will run for governor in 2025; Bristol jail operating at 230% capacity and more headlines

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• “The House’s impeachment inquiry, which has engulfed Washington politics and dominated national news coverage, barely got a mention at a town hall (in Bedford) Wednesday night hosted by Republican Reps. Ben Cline and Denver Riggleman.” – Roll Call

• State Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, clashed with an independent challenger during a forum in Charlottesville, defending, among other things, past donations from Dominion Energy, which he has since sworn off. “I’m not making any apologies for not being independently wealthy,” he said. “They fund everybody.” – The Daily Progress
• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says he’ll ask the City Council to approve two local ordinances addressing issues the General Assembly has been unable to agree on: One would require residents to report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours  a rule aimed at cracking down on straw purchases and trafficking. A second would address texting while driving. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Parents and disability rights groups filed a lawsuit against Fairfax County Public Schools, alleging that “students with disabilities experience discrimination, trauma and physical harm through the excessive and improper use of seclusion and restraint.” – The Washington Post
• “Gov. Ralph Northam says he has restored voting and other civil rights to more than 22,000 felons who have completed their sentences since taking office last year.” – Associated Press
• A judge dismissed a UVA student’s lawsuit challenging a federal law that bars people under 21 from buying handguns. – Courthouse News Service
• State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, says she plans to run for governor in 2025. “They’re furious with me and they’re terrified I’m gonna go higher  that’s why [critics] are coming out of the woodwork this year like they never have,” she says. – Chesterfield Observer
• The Bristol city jail is operating at 230 percent capacity. – Bristol Herald Courier
• State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant is sending out campaign mailers claiming her Democratic opponent, Del. Debra Rodman, opposes adoption as an alternative to abortion. PolitiFact rates the claim false, saying it twists her support of more neutral language in sex-ed classes. – VPM
• Gov. Ralph Northam gave a 29-year-old guard at Red Onion State Prison his administration’s Honor Award for Heroism for saving a coworker who was being shanked by an inmate, suffering several stab wounds himself in the process. – Bristol Herald Courier
• Low-flying airplanes and helicopters are dropping rabies vaccines coated in bait into the woods of Southwest Virginia to protect wild raccoons, coyotes and gray foxes from the virus. – The Coalfield Progress

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