NEWS TO KNOW
Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
Corey Stewart staffer called majority black cities “shitholes”
His senate campaign has paid more than $100,000 to the consultant, whose racist social media posts were first reported by the Daily Beast.
Rich Shafton, who works as Stewart’s spokesman, called majority-black cities “shitholes” and said football players should stand for the anthem “instead of sitting on the bench eating a banana.”
Stewart declined to comment on the posts other than to tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the banana post was prompted by a news story that described a football player eating the fruit.
Another Corey Stewart campaign staffer has admitted he was a member of a group chat with the organizer of last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
- The D.C. police chief says he plans to bring out the whole department in response to a possible white nationalist rally on the Aug. 12 anniversary of deadly clashes in Charlottesville. — WTOP
- A state investigation found staff at a Richmond elementary school celebrated for its academic success had inflated test scores by giving students help and answers. – The Richmond-Times Dispatch
- Norfolk uses Waze to identify and close flooded streets. – The Virginian Pilot
- Two historians resigned from UVA to protest the university’s decision to hire a former Trump White House staffer. – The Daily Progress
- Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder dropped his lawsuit against the former dean of the government school VCU named after him. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Public housing residents are no longer allowed to smoke cigarettes within 25 feet of their houses under new HUD regulations. — WTVR
- The state horse racing industry already wants bigger equine-themed slot parlors. The draft regulations would allow up to 700 machines at off-track sites in large localities like Richmond, but only with approval from the local city council or county board. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Leaders from Watertown, Wisc., visited Danville for revitalization advice. – Register and Bee