NEWS TO KNOW
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• The board that oversees Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County hired a new superintendent. Judges in Chesterfield recently have accused four of the jail’s administrators of mistreating inmates and held two in contempt of court. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Attorney General Mark Herring spoke at a Democratic PAC’s candidate training seminar last month, suggesting some in the party don’t believe he is so damaged by scandal that he won’t be an asset during this year’s elections. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Gov. Ralph Northam is appearing at what looks to be his first campaign event since a racist photo was discovered in his medical school yearbook. Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, wrote he’s “so pleased” Northam will attend his re-election kickoff Sunday. – Blue Virginia
• The Washington Post observes that polling released yesterday puts Northam’s approval rating in the state (40 percent) as lower than President Donald Trump’s (44 percent). – The Washington Post
• With millions in funding for I-81 improvements coming their way, transportation officials say they’ll spend the next few months honing a list of priorities. – The Roanoke Times
• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th District, is leading a bipartisan push for $900 million to help fund rural broadband expansion. – The Culpeper Star Exponent
• Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, is facing a primary challenge over his support for a casino gambling push. “I’d like to be a voice of reason for those of faith, and others, who have sincere concerns about the proposed casino in Bristol.” – Bristol Herald Courier
• A 68-year-old from James City County was charged with voter fraud. Authorities allege he tried to cast two ballots, one under his name and one under the name of his deceased wife. – The Virginia Gazette
• Walmart installed a robotic camera system in the parking lot of one of its Roanoke stores. The system, called “Lot Cops,” has a blue strobe light, flood lights and speakers that play prerecorded messages. “If there happens to be teenage mischief, we can tell them it’s being recorded. It’s our first line of defense.” – The Roanoke Times
• UVA fans were pretty well behaved after their NCAA championship win, only burning two couches. “I don’t know why that is,” said Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville. “I guess we’re just exceptional.” – The Daily Progress
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