Virginia Beach faces the billion-dollar cost of sea level rise; state regulators chide Dominion Energy; unexpected festival guests and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Leaders in Virginia Beach got a preview of the at least $1.13 billion in infrastructure improvements the city would need to make to protect 45,000 homes from sea level rise. Proposals include a system of high-tech flood gates, expanded seawalls and levee systems. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia regulators chided Dominion Energy for telling its Wall Street investors about billions in plans for new infrastructure (with associated bill increases for ratepayers) that it left out of a long-range plan currently under state review. “Dominion knew exactly what they were going to tell Wall Street. … You could have filed it with this filing,” said State Corporation Commission Judge Mark Christie. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Gov. Ralph Northam declared May “Second Chance Month.” Northam, who recently asked voters for a second chance himself, says the goal is to focus attention on criminal justice reform. – Associated Press

• Saying they think Arlington County got more than its fair share of transit funding this year following the Amazon HQ2 deal, officials in Loudoun County are accusing the state of injecting political bias into a funding system that’s supposed to be free from it. – WTOP

• Facing jail overcrowding, leaders in Culpeper are pleading with the state to pick up its inmates, who are often housed in local jails for months or years before they’re assigned to a state facility. “Let’s put them on a bus and haul them down the governor’s mansion—tell them to deal with it,” said Culpeper County Board Chairman Brad Rosenberger. – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Local police groups have demanded an apology after a Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate in Arlington accused her opponent of refusing to prosecute police brutality cases. The candidate said she stands by her statements. – WTOP

• Local church congregations and activists in Charlottesville created a fund to help pay bond and legal expenses for detained immigrants. – The Daily Progress

• In Richmond, activists are raising money to get black mothers out of jail who are being held pre-trial simply because they can’t afford the bond. The effort is timed to Mother’s Day. – WVTF

• A few homeowners in Virginia Beach found uninvited guests in their homes during the Something in the Water festival. In the case of two brothers who were scammed on Craigslist into thinking they’d legally rented a cottage, the real owner rolled with it, letting them stay. “I turned and said, ‘You owe me dinner.’” – The Virginian-Pilot

• You should probably leave that nest of baby bunnies in your yard alone. – The Virginian-Pilot

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