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Virginia to receive at least $80 million in Purdue settlement, Stafford County boy dies from COVID-19, rabid fox captured at Busch Gardens, and more headlines

By: - July 9, 2021 8:05 am
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• Virginia will receive at least $80 million from Purdue Pharma to fund opioid treatment in a settlement deal over the company’s marketing of Oxycontin.—VPM

• A Stafford County boy’s death from COVID-19 marks the second fatality for children nine and under during the pandemic.—Free Lance-Star

• The Department of Corrections is beginning to reopen facilities to visitors, but doesn’t expect to allow family members until October.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Richmond, Alexandria and Lynchburg are asking for $1.4 billion to upgrade their sewer systems, which currently dump raw sewage directly into waterways during heavy rains.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former Gov. Doug Wilder accused Terry McAuliffe of flip-flopping on his calls for Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring to resign. “Is what Northam and Herring did all right by any standard?”—WTOP

• “Nikki Haley, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, will hit the campaign trail next week with Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, Glenn Youngkin.”—ABC News

• “Doug Ward, a physician in private practice for 34 years with a specialty in HIV medicine, is running as a Democrat for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in a rural district held by Republican incumbent Michael Webert, who has repeatedly voted against LGBTQ supportive legislation.”—Washington Blade

• “Haircuts at Fort Lee are on hold after the base’s barbers decided to go on strike earlier this week. Their allegations include claims that they are being underpaid by the contractor in charge of the base’s three barbershops, plus one at Fort Pickett.”—Progress-Index

• Animal control authorities captured a rabid fox accused of attacking two people at Busch Gardens this week.—Virginian-Pilot

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association. Contact him at [email protected]com