Joe Biden says Charlottesville violence prompted his presidential run; Roanoke College poll puts Trump’s approval rating at 27%; Guy Fieri is coming to Hampton Roads and more headlines

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• At a riverside fundraiser in Richmond, Joe Biden told supporters that the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville drove him to run for president. “When those folks came out of the fields carrying those torches, chanting the anti-Semitic bile and their veins bulging, accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan, with such ugliness … That’s when I decided.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., already under scrutiny for his business dealings with a Miami pool boy, is now facing questions about a land deal he approved that transferred valuable school property to his personal fitness trainer. – Reuters

• A poll out of Roanoke College puts Donald Trump’s approval rating at 27 percent in Virginia – a new low for the president here. The survey also found Democrats had a slight edge over Republicans when asked which party should control the General Assembly. – The Washington Post

• Family members of mass shooting victims in Virginia Beach say they feel ignored and out of the loop as investigators continue to probe the circumstances leading to the tragedy. “We don’t feel like we are being treated correctly.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Attorney General Mark Herring says a nearly half-billion-dollar judgement against Johnson & Johnson in Oklahoma for its role in the opioid epidemic there bodes well for similar lawsuits filed in Virginia. – WVTF

• State Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, launched campaign ads this attacking his challenger, a Muslim, over “Islamic terrorism.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Altria is in talks to merge with Philip Morris International, which it spun off as an independent company in 2008. – Virginia Business

• “Virginia’s two Catholic bishops issued a statement Tuesday calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to rescind the appointment of a Democratic activist to the Virginia Council on Women because of anti-Catholic jokes she posted publicly on Twitter.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Police caught a triple murder suspect in Pittsylvania County after he ran out of the woods naked into a church parking lot filled with news reporters covering the manhunt, prompting a brief and well-documented foot chase that saw him briefly choke the caretaker of the church before police pushed him down an embankment and sicced a dog on him. – The Danville Register & Bee

• Stiffer fuel standards, auto emissions improvements and fewer coal-fired power plants has noticeably cut down on haze in the Roanoke Valley. “As much as some people don’t want to hear it, the regulations put in place to clean the air worked as designed.” – The Roanoke Times

• “A wayward weather balloon landed in a neighborhood near the East Falls Church Metro station today, frightening some residents and prompting the bomb squad to be called to the scene.” – ARLnow

• “Get fired up, Hampton Roads: Guy Fieri is coming for a visit, and you can meet him.” – The Virginian-Pilot