State board rejects rule for sprinklers in new townhomes; Richmond teacher appears on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”; How to buy a Bird scooter and more headlines

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The Democratic Party of Virginia announced it will no longer accept political contributions from Dominion Energy. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

At a meeting in Norfolk, Attorney General Mark Herring and Del. Steve Heretick, D-Portsmouth, said they have “high hopes” for getting marijuana decriminalized in 2020. – WTKR

A state board voted against updating state code to require sprinklers in new single-family homes and townhouses, a decision homebuilders said would help create more housing. Firefighters, however, said the decision endangers residents and emergency responders. – WAMU

“Norfolk’s sheriff has ended his agreement with federal authorities to lock up suspected illegal immigrants in the city jail.” – The Virginian-Pilot

Dominion Energy announced plans to seek approval to build what it calls the largest offshore wind project in the country off the coast of Virginia Beach by 2026. – Associated Press

The state is moving all of its female inmates to two facilities in central Virginia to implement a “gender responsivity plan.” – The Virginian-Pilot

The Legionnaires bacteria has been found at five Chesterfield County schools. Emails show school officials were notified the bacteria was potentially present at a school when a teacher was diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease in 2018. – WTVR

A Virginia Beach developer known for creating the city’s Town Center won’t pursue redevelopment of Portsmouth’s waterfront. “The problem, the developer said, is that it’s not getting enough support from the city.” – The Virginian-Pilot

Richmond teacher Robert Dunham, who gave impromptu haircuts to students before fifth-grade graduation, appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Actor Dax Shepard awarded Dunham with $10,000 to pay off his car and $10,000 toward a trip to Disney World. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

Most of central Virginia is “abnormally dry” or in “moderate drought.” – NBC12

Want a Bird scooter? It’ll set you back $105 if you get it from a Richmond towing and auction company selling the impounded scooters taken off the streets for city code violations. – Richmond BizSense

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