Lt. governor candidate pushes back against attack ads targeting PrideFest attendance, Bidens to visit Yorktown, Girl Scout cookies by drone, and more headlines

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• Del. Glenn Davis, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, accused his rivals of homophobia after attack ads spotlighted his attendance at a PrideFest event as proof he’s “no Republican.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are visiting Yorktown next week.—WAVY

• Eight women say they were sexually assaulted as minors at a Southwest Virginia summer camp, according to a pair of lawsuits filed in Virginia Beach.—Smyth County News & Messenger 

• Petersburg officials are threatening to tear down a blighted hotel near Interstate 95 because a company planning to redevelop it has been slow to act.—Richmond BizSense

• “As Amtrak marks its 50th anniversary Friday, Virginia may be on the verge of finally accomplishing a dream that’s been years in the making — expanding passenger rail into the New River Valley.”—WVTF

• Williamsburg-area restaurants say they’re struggling to serve customers due to a lack of staff, partly because workers can make more on unemployment than working restaurant jobs.—Virginia Gazette

• Christiansburg residents can now get Girl Scout cookies delivered by drone.—Associated Press

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