Virginia AG warns businesses against pandemic price gouging, nursing homes to receive more federal aid, cheetah cubs get new names, and more headlines

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• With the state facing shortages of hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and toilet paper, Attorney General Mark Herring says his office received more than 500 price gouging complaints during the pandemic and sent letters to 114 businesses warning them it is illegal to charge “unconscionable prices” during a crisis.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Virginia nursing homes will receive almost $95 million in additional federal aid that they’ll likely need to pay for staffing and protective gear. The state is ramping up testing to identify residents and employees infected with COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the virus among its most vulnerable population.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson, lost a last-ditch bid to get his congressional district’s GOP nominating convention moved from a church a few miles away from his opponent’s house. He called the process corrupt. His opponent says Riggleman is upset because he “knows he’s going to lose.”—The Roanoke Times

• Microsoft is planning to build a new software development hub in Fairfax that officials say will create 1,500 jobs.—Associated Press

• “A study commissioned by opponents of Dominion Energy’s high-voltage Surry-Skiffes transmission line across the James River says the company overstated the need for power on the Peninsula in making its case for the controversial project.”—Daily Press

• Fewer people drove over Memorial Day weekend and there were fewer fatal crashes, but state police say citations for reckless driving and DUI were on par with last year’s numbers.—The Daily Progress

• What’s the restaurant patio scene like in Hampton Roads? “It’s nice to be out here.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• The Appalachian Trail reopened for day hikes, but the conservancy that manages the 2,193 route is asking thru-hikers to stay home.—The Washington Post

• Four cheetah cubs born at the National Zoo’s facility in Northern Virginia were named Ambala, Jabari, Hasani and Erindi.—The Washington Post

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