Fourteen lawmakers accepted donations during session; Del. James pleads guilty to DWI; Justin Fairfax gets first big donation since rape allegations surfaced and more headlines

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• A Virginia Beach Bitcoin mining company that won a $500,000 city grant has filed for bankruptcy. — The Virginian-Pilot

• Fourteen lawmakers accepted donations during the General Assembly session,  “when, by law, legislators are barred from accepting donations.” — The Daily Press

• A UVA student is attempting to organize opposition to restructuring at the university that could threaten student jobs. — The Daily Progress

• State Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth, pleads guilty to DWI. — The Virginian-Pilot

• With a bitter battle raging for the party nomination for a Hanover County-based House of Delegates seat, a Republican party committee is considering changing its plan for a convention next month. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

•  Embattled Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax pulled in a big donation to his PAC, the first over $100 since rape allegations were lodged against him. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Chesterfield police officer saved a choking infant at a Chick-fil-A. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A newcomer seeking to oust an African-American delegate in a Democratic primary is under fire for sharing a video with racist content. He says he didn’t watch the whole thing and isn’t a racist. — The Washington Post

• Metro is preparing to award a big contract to a foreign company to build its next generation of rail cars, but it wants firms bidding for the deal to spend some of the money in the Washington region and possibly build an assembly plant here. — The Washington Post

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Robert Zullo
Robert has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent 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]