Crime Commission meets this week; Herring says some militia groups might be illegal; Washington Monument schedule to reopen and more headlines

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• “Virginia’s Crime Commission will devote two days this week to mass shootings and other gun violence, issues vexing a state where 32 died in a university massacre a dozen years ago, where another 12 were cut down at a municipal complex in May and where an average of three more were lost to less sensational shootings every day in between.” – The Washington Post

• The Hanover County Branch of the NAACP sued the local school board over Confederate names that remain attached to two schools, arguing they “violate the rights of African-American students by forcing them ‘to champion a legacy of segregation and oppression in order to participate in school activities.’” – The Washington Post

• A real estate agent is suing the Virginia Real Estate Board after it told her fair housing laws precluded her from including Christian messages on her website and emails. “Regulators took issue with Carter’s email signature, which read: ‘For Faith and Freedom, Jesus Loves You, and with God All things are possible…’” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Virginia state delegate is one of the thousands of people who thought they were in a public service student loan forgiveness program but, after making the 120 required payments, found out they didn’t qualify on a technicality. – Daily Press

• Attorney General Mark Herring says private militia groups that have increasingly begun showing up at protests and demonstrations likely violate state law if they engage in crowd control or otherwise “usurp a job state law limits to law enforcement agencies.” – Daily Press

• Arlington County is preparing to launch a mental health court docket, but “ideological differences” remain over who should be in the program in a county where two-thirds of the people in jail at any given time have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness or developmental disability. – The Washington Post

• Authorities seized more than 100 animals from a roadside zoo in Winchester. – Associated Press

• Officials in Hopewell say they can’t build a new fire station because they never finished an audit of city finances in 2015, or any of the subsequent annual reports. “We could borrow money, but it would be tremendously expensive to borrow money, so we’re not doing anything,” said City Manager John M. Altman Jr. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A program in Virginia Beach gives young men just getting out of juvenile detention their first apartment, teaching them to cook, clean and budget. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Virginia Beach coin collector acquired a rare dime for $1.3 million. – Associated Press

• The Washington Monument is scheduled to reopen on Sept. 19 after being closed off and on for eight years. – The Washington Post