Former Gov. Doug Wilder says investigation into alleged sexual harassment is “unsound” and “biased”; Joe Biden is winning the money race in Virginia; ponies are swimming today and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Former Gov. Doug Wilder rebutted allegations he made inappropriate sexual advances toward a VCU student six decades younger than him, calling the school’s investigation “unsound” and “biased.” – Associated Press

• Republicans nominated Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, to fill the vacancy crated by Nick Freitas when he failed to file his reelection paperwork and dropped out of the race. It’s unclear whether the gambit to sidestep the filing issue will pass muster in the courts or with the state elections board. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• House Democrats say they’re launching a $90,000 digital ad campaign focused on healthcare and voting rights targeting House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, and Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Gloucester County School Board continues to deny that it violated the rights of Gavin Grimm, a now 20-year-old, transgender man who was banned from using the boys bathroom in high school. The comments came at a hearing in the former student’s long-running case. Advocates expect a ruling in Grimm’s favor. – Associated Press

• A Norfolk judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking the removal of a 112-year-old Confederate monument. The plaintiffs argued the display violated their rights as an endorsement of segregation, violence and white supremacy. The judge said their recourse comes “not by a lawsuit by the political process and the ballot box.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Joe Biden is winning the money race in Virginia, collecting $299,458 in donations from people with an in-state address. Kamala Harris is trailing in second with $105,095, followed by Beto O’Rourke, with $103,040. – Daily Press

• After General Assembly Republicans rejected his proposal to fund 2020 census outreach, Gov. Ralph Northam says he’ll use $1.5 million from a contingency fund to bolster “education, outreach and preparation for community participation” in the count. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A former employee of a state center for the mentally disabled admitted to raping two severely disabled women, who doctors discovered were pregnant, prompting the investigation. – The Washington Post

• Doctors in Norfolk and Virginia Beach warned electric scooter users to take safety precautions, saying 10 riders suffering from “big life-changing injuries” have been admitted since May. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Miami-based company that recently launched operations in Richmond has applied to be the first to bring dockless electric scooters to Roanoke. – The Roanoke Times

• House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, filed legislation to create a violence reduction community outreach program pioneered in Boston. – Daily Press

• Albemarle public schools is working with Montpelier to develop a social studies curriculum “that will help teachers better address the legacies of racism, slavery and inequity.” – The Daily Progress

• The 94th annual Chincoteague pony swim is today. – The Virginian-Pilot

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