Riverside Regional Jail put on probation; Amazon to open 11th warehouse in Virginia; pipeline debris wash into Smith Mountain Lake and more headlines

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• The family of a woman who died of a bowel rupture and subsequent infection while being jailed in Hampton Roads says in a lawsuit that jailers saw her in “obvious discomfort and throwing up blood” but disregarded her pleas for help. – The Virginian-Pilot

• State officials put Prince George County’s Riverside Regional Jail on probation after determining two inmates who committed suicide in their cells in 2017 were improperly screened and monitored. The decision means the facility will be subject to two unannounced audits per year. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Three people died in a virus outbreak at a Northern Virginia retirement community that has affected 63 out of 263 residents. – Associated Press

• Virginia Beach hired a Chicago-based consultant, Hillard Heintze, to investigate the May 31 mass shooting in a city municipal building. The firm will “will have unrestricted access to all employees, reports, documents, and other records necessary to complete the independent review,” according to city documents. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Social justice groups are calling on state Democrats to refuse money from a major donor whose business won contracts to serve ICE detention centers. – WCVE

• Amazon says it’s opening its 11th warehouse in Virginia. The new distribution center is slated for South Richmond, where it will employ 150. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Leaders of Richmond’s public housing authority approved a five-year plan that calls for the eventual redevelopment of most of its major properties, prompting protest from residents who say they never got a chance to weigh in. – WCVE

• Construction debris from the Mountain Valley Pipeline washed into Smith Mountain Lake, prompting the latest of more than 5,000 environmental monitoring reports to federal regulators. – The Roanoke Times

• UVA’s Memorial for Enslaved Laborers is taking shape, a large, spiraling structure where the names of an estimated 4,000 people enslaved at the university will be etched into granite. – The Daily Progress

• A Spotsylvania teacher says she works four jobs to cover her living expenses and more than $100,000 in student debt. “It’s sad. I wish I just had one job and could do it well,” she said. “Sometimes I feel so stretched thin that it’s like I’m cheating my kids.” – The Free Lance-Star

• A Dominion Energy vice president warned an industry group about sophisticated and well-funded environmental groups, but also told his peers, “We can’t sit on the sidelines and be climate deniers. … We can’t stick our head in the sand.” – Desmog

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