The latest on Florence; Roanoke schools stock up on Narcan; Grapes stolen from winery; When casino opens ‘you won’t need drugs to be happy’ and other headlines
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Governor maintains mandatory evacuations; local officials say wait and see
Everyone seems pretty confident at this point that the Florence has veered far enough away from Virginia to no longer pose a major public safety hazard.
But, citing the storm’s unpredictability, Gov. Ralph Northam said at a news conference that he was maintaining mandatory evacuation orders for the lowest lying parts of Hampton Roads and urging people “out of harm’s way.”
In Hampton Roads, however, The Virginian-Pilot reports that officials no longer view the storm as a threat.
Virginian Beach’s city manager told residents to wait and see what happens before evacuating because at this point, the storm “will be on the low end of tropical storm, at best.”
More hurricane news:
- Officials say people in construction vests have been going door to door in Norfolk trying to force people to evacuate. They say they have no idea who is doing it or why, but reminded residents they don’t actually have to evacuate if they don’t want to. – The Virginian-Pilot
- With pretty much everything cancelled already and no major weather expected to come, Hampton Roads residents say they’re enjoying some unexpected free time. – The Virginian-Pilot
- The state evacuated about 1,000 prison inmates from Chesapeake. Officials overseeing three local jails in the evacuation area say they do not plan to remove inmates. – The Virginian-Pilot
- One family in Chesapeake moved their flock of chickens indoors. – Associated Press
- A man locked in the back of a Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office patrol SUV shot himself after he was able to reach a gun and bullets stored in what the department described as a “secure compartment.” – The Free Lance-Star
- Roanoke City Public Schools will begin stocking Narcan in every school building. The drug reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. – The Roanoke Times
- Fairfax County’s former general registrar was charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine two months after he was fired in June. Officials say the drug charges are unrelated to his dismissal. After a court hearing Wednesday, the former registrar cited “[expletive] buffoonery.” – WTOP
- Scientists say sea-level rise has cost Virginians $280 million in property values already. The biggest losses of any Virginia locality were in Newport News, which lost $4 million. – Daily Press
- The Supreme Court of Virginia denied independent congressional candidate Shaun Brown’s appeal of a circuit court judge’s decision to remove her from the ballot after finding “out-and-out fraud” in petitions submitted by the staff of her would be opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- A federal appeals court revived a previously dismissed discrimination lawsuit filed by eight undocumented immigrants against a mobile home park in Fairfax County that evicted them when they couldn’t provide Social Security numbers. – The Washington Post
- A student group is accusing Fairfax County Public Schools of discrimination by denying two male students the chance to be selected together as homecoming kings. – WTOP
- The cyclist who was photographed flipping off Trump’s motorcade filed paperwork to run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors next year. – The Washington Post
- While ballot petitions to run for office as an independent are checked by the state and made public, petitions to run as a Republican or Democrat are private and checked by party officials, and in the case of the Scott Taylor ballot scandal, Republicans said they’ve already shredded Taylor’s petitions. – The Virginian-Pilot
- Stormy Daniels canceled her planned appearance at a Richmond strip club tonight, citing the storm. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Seeking to assuage concerns about crime and violence, developers making a longshot bid to open a casino in an old mall in Bristol say the project will bring so many jobs “you won’t have to take drugs to be happy.” – Bristol Herald Courier
- Someone stole two tons of grapes from a vineyard in Montgomery County, cutting them off the vine overnight hours before the winery had planned to harvest them. The fruit is valued at more than $20,000. – The Roanoke Times
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