Was Blackbeard’s killing extrajudicial? Also: Dominion seeks a way around pipeline stop-work order
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- A defense attorney is trying to get an MS-13 murder trial moved out of Bedford County, arguing local news coverage combined with national debate over the gang and immigration have prejudiced potential jurors. – The News & Advance
- A Charlottesville couple is suing the Trump administration. They allege new regulations have made the price of health care plans skyrocket. It’s considered a longshot. – The Daily Progress
- U.S. Rep Scott Taylor has agreed to debate Democratic challenger Elaine Lurie at an event sponsored by a Virginia Beach business group. He had pulled out of one organized by a local public media company after their reporter uncovered the signature scandal that has consumed his campaign. – The Virginian-Pilot
- Dominion is trying to get permission to continue working on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia and North Carolina while it seeks to overcome a stop work order issued related to permits issued in Virginia. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- The head of the Jefferson National Forest was reassigned amid controversy over pipeline permits and construction there. The forest service says it’s routine, environmentalists say it’s not. – The Roanoke Times
- The state Social Services Board decided not to remove members of Rockbridge County’s local board after investigations found the department they oversaw ignored and hid reports of abuse and neglect. The state determined the local board didn’t know about the problems. – The Roanoke Times
- Historians say the Virginia lieutenant governor responsible for the mission that killed Blackbeard didn’t have the legal authority to hunt him down in North Carolina, where it was suspected the pirate was collaborating with the governor. – The Virginian-Pilot
- Gov. Ralph Northam told medical students in Norfolk to think twice before prescribing opioids. – The Virginian-Pilot
- The mayor of Bristol accused a councilman of raising his voice while talking to a city employee during a meeting. The mayor banged his gavel and said he should have the authority to kick councilmembers out of meetings. – Bristol Herald Courier
- Officials in Martinsville ordered aggressive tree trimming to cut down on power outages, but said there was only so much they could do. “If we removed all trees that could fall on a line, we wouldn’t have a very pretty city.” – Martinsville Bulletin
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