Cleaning up coal spill will take weeks; NRA plans town hall in Virginia Beach; Spray-paint lovers sought and more headlines

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• Workers are trying to remove 3,600 tons of coal that spilled after a train derailed in the Great Dismal Swamp. Clean up will take weeks. — The Virginian-Pilot
• The Catholic Diocese of Richmond added six priests to a list of those credibly accused of sexual assault against a minor. The total is now 49. — Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The National Rifle Association is holding a town hall Monday in Virginia Beach. — The Virginian-Pilot 
•  A Libyan-American who once lived in northern Virginia and now commands an army fighting for control of his native country has been accused in a civil lawsuit filed in Alexandria of war crimes. — The Associated Press
• Police in Timberville, Rockingham County, say they shot and killed a man wielding a sword. A police officer was seriously hurt in the encounter. — WHSV
• A former Virginia Tech defensive back got a two-month jail term for surreptitiously video-recording a woman he was having sex with, then sending it to someone else. — The Roanoke Times
• Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for James Fields, convicted of plowing a car into counter protesters during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, killing one person and injuring dozens. — The Associated Press
• A request to halt work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline is in legal limbo. — The Roanoke Times
• The U.S. Forest Service is searching for “Cory and Malaik,” two apparent lovebirds who spray-painted a testament to their romance at the High Knob recreation area. — The Coalfield Progress

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Robert Zullo
Robert has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]