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Several locations in Chesterfield have tested positive for Legionella bacteria, according to the Chesterfield County Department of Health. The Department of Health said most people exposed to the bacteria do not get Legionnaire’s disease, which is treatable with antibiotics. Investigators are still trying to determine the source of the bacteria.
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- Board of Elections rules Del. Nick Freitas did not qualify for ballot – Virginia’s Board of Elections upheld an elections department ruling that Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) did not qualify for the ballot this fall. The decision comes after Freitas failed to file necessary election paperwork on time. Freitas can now either file a lawsuit challenging the board’s ruling or mount a costly write-in campaign. Freitas’ mistake gives Democrat Ann Ridgeway an opening in the district, which ordinarily leans conservative. – The Washington Post
- Chesterfield apartment complex agrees to end blanket ban on renting to felons – Housing for Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) has reached a settlement with Sterling Glen Apartments over the apartment complex’s blanket ban on renting to felons and people with certain misdemeanor convictions. HOME sued Sterling Glen, alleging that the policy amounted to racial discrimination because black residents in the area are three times more likely than white residents to have a felony arrest record. Sterling Glen agreed to settle the case by ending the blanket ban. – The Virginia Mercury
- Democratic candidates for Richmond’s commonwealth attorney both advocate for criminal justice reform – Both Democratic candidates in the race for Richmond’s Commonwealth Attorney – Colette W. McEachin and Alex Taylor Jr. – support decriminalizing marijuana, banning guns in public buildings and parks, diverting low-level non-violent offenders from jail, and establishing a civilian review board for the police department. Where McEachin and Taylor differ is simply on which one of them would do a better job. It will be up to voters to make that decision, as the candidates will face off in a firehouse primary Thursday and Saturday. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Cost of college in Virginia rises by lowest rate since 2000 – The total average cost of college in Virginia rose by 2.1% for in-state undergraduates for the upcoming academic year, the smallest increase since 2000, according to a report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The agency attributed the finding to the General Assembly’s approval of extra funding for all public colleges that agreed to freeze tuition rates. Despite the smaller increase, SCHEV estimates that Virginia public colleges and universities still rank as the seventh-most expensive in the country. – The Virginia Mercury
- 332-acre solar farm in the works in Henry County – Henry County could soon welcome its first solar farm, a proposed 332-acre project near Axton that could produce enough energy to power 2,660 homes each year. The project, which is awaiting approval from Henry County and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, would also create 33 jobs during construction and would provide an estimated lifetime tax benefit to the region of around $670,000. – Martinsville Bulletin
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