NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A group of developers in Bristol could soon be operating a medical cannabis dispensary and casino resort under the same roof. “We’ll figure it out,” said City Manager Randall Eads. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A local history museum in Lynchburg cancelled plans to display a restored Confederate flag after board members raised concerns about its history. They hired a former director to study its local connections. (The News & Advance)
• Republican Ronnie Campbell, a Rockbridge County supervisor, won the special election to fill Del. Ben Cline’s seat in the House of Delegates. (The Roanoke Times)
• As he prepares to leave office after 26 years, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th District, says he’s proud of his work on a prison reform bill and music licensing law. Democrats say they won’t miss him, calling the judiciary committee under his chairmanship “the place where bills went to die.” (WVTF)
• Charlottesville City Council’s annual retreat turned into an airing of grievances, with council members complaining about each other, the tenor of public comment at their meetings and the things residents were tweeting about them. (The Daily Progress)
• The white supremacist EMT in Patrick County got in a shouting match with the board of supervisors at a meeting earlier this week. At one point, the chairman yelled at the man to shut up. The board declined a proposal to pull funding from the rescue squad, preferring instead to let a state investigation play out. (WSLS)
• A preschool in Giles County is relocating because its current location is within the blast zone of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (WVTF)
• The superintendent of the Staunton-area Middle River Regional Jail was fired. Board members said they were concerned about his administration of the facility, but declined to be more specific. (News Leader)
• Roanoke’s police chief thinks needle-exchange programs facilitate drug use. Wise County’s sheriff, who gave his blessing to the state’s first exchange, says the program is just keeping people safer who would be using heroin anyway. (WVTF)
• A spy museum proposed for Loudoun, the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations, got a $10 million gift. (Loudoun Times-Mirror)
• A gubernatorial commission is trying to figure out how to get as many people as possible to complete the 2020 census, which, among other things, determines how billions in federal funding will be distributed. (Daily Press)
• The Smithsonian says it’s going to start breeding endangered whooping cranes in Front Royal and hopes to release the chicks into the wild. Worldwide, there are fewer than 900 of the birds. (The Washington Post)
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