Hampton Roads nursing home violations are higher than the national average; Bedford County shooting started with car argument; Steven Spielberg visited Danville last week and more headlines

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• Citing reconciliation, Gov. Ralph Northam kept up a string of recent vetoes by shooting down bipartisan bills establishing minimum sentences for certain offenses. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Roanoke renamed the city’s courthouse for civil rights legal titan Oliver Hill, who spent his “formative years in the city” and later practiced law there before his long career in Richmond. — The Roanoke Times

•Virginia Commonwealth University officials suspended associate professor Javier Tapia last semester despite concluding that he did not racially discriminate against an unfamiliar black professor when he called security on her last fall. The decision prompted a lawsuit from Tapia and protests by students who want him fired. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Most Hampton Roads nursing homes have fewer nurses and aides and more violations of health standards than the national averages, putting patients at increased risk of injury or untreated illness. — The Virginian-Pilot

• A shooting in Bedford County that left three people wounded started with a Ford v. Chevy argument. — WSET

• Director Steven Spielberg was in Danville last week, talking to former textile mill workers. Exactly what it was about remained unclear.  — The Danville Register & Bee

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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]