Funeral services begin for Virgina Beach shooting victims; Republicans angry over Northam’s special session on gun violence; 112 pounds of cocaine travel from Texas to rural Virginia and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Funeral services begin today for victims of the Virginia Beach shooting. – Associated Press

• Electronic locks throughout the Virginia Beach municipal center slowed and frustrated police as they attempted to respond to the attack last week. At one point they discussed using a sledgehammer or explosive charge to break down doors. – Associated Press

• Autopsies released yesterday showed that the shooter was killed by police and did not take his own life. – Associated Press

• In case Republican leaders weren’t clear enough yesterday that they are unlikely to bend on their opposition to new gun control legislation, the state GOP began referring to Northam’s special session as a “gun grab session” and Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, accused the governor of detracting “from our period of grief by politicizing this tragedy with a debate on gun control.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Acquaintances say the Virginia Beach killer matched the cliché: quiet, polite and unassuming. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s happy to fill in for Northam on the campaign trail. “Ralph is busy down in Richmond, he’s doing what he has to do to be governor.” – WAMU

• In the Arlington commonwealth’s attorney race, a longtime prosecutor is fending off a criminal-justice-reform oriented challenger. – The Washington Post

• Charlottesville officials say they don’t trust Airbnb to collect lodging taxes automatically on its behalf, prompting complaints from one resident who said he rented his house for a “ridiculous amount of money to someone from California” but had to jump through hoops to give the government a cut. – C-VILLE

• A Muslim school board candidate in Fairfax County who was pepper-sprayed during a traffic stop is accusing police of discrimination and brutality. Officers contend she resisted arrest. – The Washington Post

• A 7-cent-per-gallon fuel tax goes into effect next month in cities and counties along Interstate 81 to help pay for roadway improvements. – Bristol Herald Courier

• Federal agents said in court that they monitored the shipment of more than 112 pounds of cocaine from Texas to a dirt road in rural Southside Virginia. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

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