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Virginia’s teacher of the year; Senator settles suit over son’s suicide; Cracking down on erotic massage in Stafford; Peeing on the production line at Smithfield and more headlines

By: - October 17, 2018 8:09 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • Rodney Robinson was named Virginia’s teacher of the year. He teaches history to kids jailed at Richmond’s juvenile detention center. “My students are the most vulnerable kids in society. They have succumbed to the pressure of urban living and made mistakes that they are paying for, but they still persevere and strive for success,” he said. “I will fight to my last heartbeat for them.” – Richmond Times Dispatch
  • State Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, settled a wrongful death lawsuit he filed against a social services employee following the suicide of his 24-year-old son during a mental health crisis in 2013. Deeds and his family will receive $950,000. – The Roanoke Times
  • Charlottesville is among hundreds of cities and towns across the country grappling with increasingly segregated public schools and unequal learning opportunities. – ProPublica
  • Legal Aid advocates pushing for more state funding for low-income attorneys could reduce evictions by a third. – WCVE
  • Members of the Virginia Housing Commission tentatively signed off on new consumer protections aimed at protecting residents from predatory rent-to-own contracts. – WCVE
  • Absentee voting is up 60 percent around the state and 92 percent in the 7th Congressional District, where Democrat Abigail Spanberger is challenging Rep. Dave Brat. – VPAP
  • There are more than 350,000 more voters on the rolls in Virginia than four years ago. – Daily Press
  • Estimated Obamacare premium increases in Virginia next year dropped from 13 to 9 percent. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in Richmond on Saturday with Ryan Adams, who is challenging Rep. Donald McEachin in the state’s 4th Congressional District. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Sen. Tim Kaine raised nearly eight times more cash than Corey Stewart in the latest fundraising quarter. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Former FBI Director James Comey was among donors to state Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Loudoun, who is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock. – The Washington Post
  • Bristol’s city manager said he gave the FBI a recording of a now-resigned city councilman appearing to offer to sell his seat but hasn’t heard anything back. – Bristol Herald Courier
  • Goochland County is bringing in outside help to oversee the election after their former registrar departed three weeks ahead of election day. The electoral board wouldn’t say why he left. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A developer is suing Virginia Beach after the city denied permission to develop flood-prone land amid rising sea levels. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Stafford County passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for massage parlors and others to offer masturbation services for money – an effort to crack down on a growing number of parlors specializing in “erotic massage.” – The Free-Lance Star
  • A nationwide study found seven localities in Virginia that have no local news coverage. – WVTF
  • A piece of a SpaceX rocket washed ashore on the Outer Banks. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Smithfield says it discarded 50,000 pounds of food products after an employee peed on the production line. – The 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.