Top Democrats rally around Joe Morrissey; Sen. Amanda Chase says state GOP is “bankrupt”; Dolphin population in the Potomac River is surging and more headlines

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• “A doctor who prosecutors said ran a medical practice in Virginia like an interstate drug distribution ring was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids.” – Associated Press
• Top Democrats rallied around Joe Morrissey, a controversial former delegate who won the Democratic Senate nomination in a district that stretches from Petersburg to Richmond, at a fundraiser in his backyard. “Joe is a hard worker and the people in the Senate district, they’re definitely going to get their money’s worth,” Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw said. “We are looking forward to having him in our caucus. Joe is extremely bright.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian) doubled down on attacks against her fellow Republicans after she was expelled from a local party chapter on Monday, calling the state party ‘bankrupt’ and appearing to liken colleagues to cockroaches.” – VPM
• UVA attributed an uptick in reports of rape on campus to increased awareness. “We are encouraged to see an increase in reporting, which may in part be attributed to the Me Too movement.” – The Daily Progress
• A Medicaid work requirement still under negotiation could lead to 74,000 people losing their insurance if implemented, according to a new analysis. – WVTF
• Alexandria police are refunding more than $300,000 in speeding fines after determining their own speedometers might not have been calibrated correctly. – The Washington Post
• The deadline to get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license  which will be necessary to board a plane or enter a military base  is a year away. – The Virginian-Pilot
• Inspectors from the state Office of Weights and Measures visited Martinsville with 1,000-pound blocks to test the accuracy of industrial scales at asphalt and rock plants. – Martinsville Bulletin
• The dolphin population in the Potomac is surging, a sign of healthier waters. – The Washington Post
• Who keeps BASE jumping off a 32-story building in Tysons? All signs point to a 68-year-grandpa, but he isn’t talking.  – The Washington Post

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