The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)
• After a political comeback built partly on an image as a reformed family man, Sen. Joe Morrissey is now having an explosive public rift with his apparently estranged wife, Myrna. In a series of Instagram posts, she accused the senator of infidelity and giving her a sexually transmitted disease. Morrissey accused her of allowing their children to be abused by a new boyfriend, an allegation Myrna called “completely false.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• After a series of high-profile shootings in the state, Virginia Democrats are pushing for more gun control legislation, including restrictions on assault-style weapons and a law requiring guns to be locked up while stored in vehicles.—Washington Post
• Progressive Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj told local courts her office would no longer prosecute some minor crimes like trespassing, drunk in public, hit and runs involving property damage and violations of noise ordinances.—Loudoun Times-Mirror
• A proposed policy on sexually explicit reading material in Amherst County schools would require parents to opt in rather than giving them a chance to opt out, an idea educators have criticized as overbearing and time-consuming.—News & Advance
• A white oak in Brunswick County was recently recorded as the second-oldest tree in Virginia, and perhaps the oldest of its kind in the country.—WRIC
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