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Democratic primary day, Dublin Volvo plant workers go on strike, a Culpeper account of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and more headlines

By: - June 8, 2021 8:08 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• It’s primary day: Virginia voters will pick Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general as well as nominees in 17 contested Republican and Democratic House primaries.—Associated PressNBC12,  Washington PostRichmond Times-Dispatch

• The United Auto Workers began a strike at Volvo’s truck plant in Dublin.—Roanoke Times

• Virginia Commonwealth University will join hundreds of other colleges in requiring COVID-19 vaccination for returning students.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A legislative audit commission is recommending changes to legislation legalizing marijuana in Virginia on July 1.—WVTF

• Singer Pharrell Williams plans to open several private schools for low-income students, including in Norfolk.—Virginian-Pilot  

• There are so many cicadas in Northern Virginia, they’re being picked up by weather radar.—Insider

• Prosecutors in Louisiana are trying to jail a UVA law professor for sharing publicly available body cam footage of police strip searching a minor.—Reason

• Virginia needs many teachers and support staff, some experts say.—WVTF 

• The Culpeper library has a copy of a letter written by a Virginia book publisher who witnessed the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921 while in the city on business. “it was indeed the most heartless brutal piece of business I ever saw. We have nothing on Germany after this,” he wrote.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending 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]