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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A Portsmouth judge put the abrupt condemnation of the city jail on hold for 60 days, instructing city officials and the sheriff to “sit down and communicate.” – The Virginian-Pilot• Seven federal death row inmates from Virginia face execution again...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Officials in Portsmouth condemned the city jail, which is still in active use, plastering bright orange notices on the doors and ordering its immediate evacuation, citing unsafe conditions. The abrupt announcement surprised the sheriff. “I don’t think it’s unsafe,”...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Former Gov. Doug Wilder rebutted allegations he made inappropriate sexual advances toward a VCU student six decades younger than him, calling the school’s investigation “unsound” and “biased.” – Associated Press• Republicans nominated Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, to fill the vacancy...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• More than 1,000 people in Virginia have sought medical help for heat related illness so far this month. – Richmond Times-Dispatch• State prison officials said they provided extra ice and installed fans in 18 facilities without climate control. Family members...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• 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...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Residents of Norton were outraged but not shocked to learn pharmaceutical companies had shipped the highest concentration of opioids to their city of any locality in the country. “Prescription drugs got out of hand,” said Joey Collins, 61, the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The family of a woman who died of a bowel rupture and subsequent infection while being jailed in Hampton Roads says in a lawsuit that jailers saw her in “obvious discomfort and throwing up blood” but disregarded her pleas...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A deeply divided federal appeals court revived a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law that lets judges designate people as “habitual drunkards,” which allows police to arrest them for possessing or even smelling like alcohol. – Associated Press• Virginia Democrats outraised Republicans...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A Charlottesville judge sentenced James Fields, 22, to life in prison plus 419 years for murdering Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more during a violent white nationalist rally. Testifying during the hearing, one of Fields’ victims addressed him as...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• VCU President Michael Rao and UVA President Jim Ryan are the first and second highest paid employees in the state, commanding salaries of $1 million and $962,875, respectively. – Richmond Times-Dispatch• The State Crime Commission set two days of...