Flags flown at half mast to honor slain Stanley police officer, lawmakers approve affordable housing tax credits, one really big fish, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam ordered state flags to fly at half mast in honor of Stanley police officer Dominic Winum, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop last week.—WDBJ

• The General Assembly approved a new tax-credit program to incentivize affordable housing development.—VPM

• Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said the controversy around the investigation of wrongdoing by Virginia’s Parole Board has become an embarrassment. “Northam owes the people of Virginia a better explanation than he’s given,” he said.—WTVR

• “Of all the things the Virginia General Assembly accomplished in its 2021 session, which wrapped up last weekend, addressing the state’s feral cat problem was not one of them.”—Prince William Times

• A Marion woman is hoping newspaper readers can help overcome a slew of dead-ends in the search for her biological father. “I just never had an interest, really, up until this point,” she said.—Smyth County News & Messenger 

• Del. Nick Rush, a Republican who represents the New River Valley, says he won’t seek reelection.—Roanoke Times

• Southwest Airlines is launching daily nonstop service from Richmond International Airport to Chicago-Midway.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A new African American history course is coming to Virginia classrooms.—WDBJ

• “Sometimes everything falls apart at the last minute when House and Senate members are trying to reconcile differences,” which is what happened to legislation to get rid of mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes.—WVTF

• The head of the Danville NAACP expressed frustration that a Monopoly-inspired “DanvilleOpoly” board game “featured many prominent sites in the city but leaves out those representing the Black community.”—Danville Register & Bee

• A Toano man reeled in a monster bluefin tuna — 9 1/2 feet long and estimated at 1,000 pounds — off the coast of North Carolina.—Virginian-Pilot 

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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]