Virginia Beach still hasn’t released some information related to shooting; white supremacists sentenced for 2017 rally; naloxone could be delivered by drone and more headlines

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• A month and a half after the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, local officials continue to withhold the shooter’s employment records, city emails and several police reports. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A federal judge sentenced three members of a white supremacist group to between two and three years in prison for assaults during the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. – Associated Press

• In his new book, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe blames Charlottesville for its lack of preparation ahead of the rally, writing the city “did itself no favors” and ignores inaction by the state police, whose officers remained behind barricades while street fighting broke out. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The State Crime Commission began accepting written comments on gun legislation proposed by lawmakers as part of the special session on guns called by Gov. Ralph Northam. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Del. Lee Carter’s two campaign workers unionized to more effectively lobby the Democratic Socialist for better working conditions. – The Washington Post

• UVA hired a genealogist to identify and contact descendants of enslaved laborers who once worked at the school. – The Daily Progress

• Hackers are stepping up ransomware attacks against local governments around the state. “We are low-hanging fruit.” – The Roanoke Times

• A 60-year-old flooring-contractor from Spotsylvania contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, one of several tick-borne diseases that’s seen a dramatic spike in recent years. “I can’t believe such a big guy was taken down by a little tick.” – The Free Lance-Star

• Richmond’s ambulance authority says it wants to use drones to deliver naloxone to the scene of opioid overdoses. Trial runs are planned for as early as next year. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Washington Post reports that Democrats’ threats to boycott Trump isn’t the first time a political leader has sparked outrage at Jamestown: “In 1639 the settlers grew so fed up with the tyrannical ways of their royal governor, Sir John Harvey, that they locked him up and sent him back to England.” – The Washington Post

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