Documenting shooting mementos; Taylor plans run for U.S. Senate; Rain swamps D.C., NOVA and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Virginia Beach officials began the grim work of collecting and documenting the thousands of mementos left at a makeshift memorial outside the municipal building where 12 where shot and killed and four were injured. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor announced he’ll seek the Republican nomination to run against Sen. Mark Warner. The ex-Navy SEAL served one term in House, losing his reelection campaign last year amid ballot fraud accusations that led to the indictment of one of his staffers. – Associated Press

• Queen of Virginia Skill is suing the commonwealth’s attorney in Charlottesville over his pledge to bring criminal charges against any businesses that don’t get rid of their games, which look and function like slot machines but manufacturers argue include elements of skill that exempt them from the state’s prohibition on gambling. – The Daily Progress

• The number of drug seizures in Virginia prisons last year dropped 13 percent to 572 and overdoses that required hospitalization dropped 28 percent to 57. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A lawsuit filed by Louisa County officials against a group that erected a large Confederate battle flag along Interstate 64 appears to be headed toward trial. The county contends the flag, which is visible to east-bound motorists for a few seconds, is on a pole more than double the permitted height. – The Daily Progress

• Nearing a one-year deadline to close state institutions that treat patients with intellectual and physical disabilities, the state has moved nearly 90 percent of residents – all but 116 – to smaller, community-based treatment centers. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• An auto parts factory in Botetourt agreed to pay a $168,204 fine after state environmental regulators found the facility was spewing excessive levels of acid into the air. – The Roanoke Times

• Descendants of the 250 people enslaved by James Monroe still live next door to the former president’s Albemarle County plantation. Now they’re working with the museum on the site to change the way slavery is presented. – The New York Times

• James Madison University boosted pay for 109 employees when it adopted a minimum wage of $12 an hour, which the university determined qualified as a living wage in Rockingham County. – Associated Press

• A slow-moving rainstorm swamped Northern Virginia and Washington, stranding morning commuters on flooded roadways and sending water pouring into buildings, including the basement of the White House and National Archives. – The Washington Post

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