McAuliffe is saying he might run for governor; Buena Vista explosion kills three; Tornado damages 40 homes in Suffolk and more headlines

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• Terry McAuliffe is telling people he’s seriously considering a second run for governor. – Politico

• A federal lawsuit targeting West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’ coal mining companies seeks to recover $4 million in unpaid penalties for safety violations, including $646,000 from operations in Southwest Virginia. – The Coalfield Progress

• Attorney General Mark Herring met with a group of African American leaders in Leesburg as he works to move past his admission that he wore blackface to a costume party when he was 19. “Virginia has to deal more honestly with its past,” he said. – The Washington Post

• Del. Danica Roem is using the celebrity that comes with being the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker to boost fellow Democrats. – The Washington Post

• Two Democratic lawmakers in Arlington, Sen. Barbara A. Favola and Del. Alfonso H. Lopez, are facing primary challengers focused “not on their progressive records but over questions of ethics and judgment.” – The Washington Post

• A move by Petersburg City Council to strip its elected treasurer of all fiduciary responsibilities has set up a legal show down over the powers of the constitutional office, whose previous occupant was convicted of embezzlement. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• VCU is the latest state college to freeze tuition as part of a budget agreement with state lawmakers to head off another hike. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A poll shows Metro’s reputation has improved since a 2015 fatal smoke incident, but ridership has not. – The Washington Post

• A Roanoke-area DUI lawyer is facing four cases of his own after failing to show up for his clients’ hearings, the latest in a string of run-ins with judges and prosecutors. “I’ve just never heard of that many contempt charges against one attorney.” – The Roanoke Times

• A Massachusetts man was charged in a machete attack along the Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured. “The whole Appalachian Trail community of hikers and volunteers is profoundly sickened by the horrific and deadly attack Saturday morning.” – The Washington Post

• An explosion at a country store in Buena Vista killed three. – The Roanoke Times

• A tornado damaged at least 40 homes in Suffolk over the weekend. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Another pancake house is opening in Williamsburg. It’s called “Not Another Pancake House.” – The Virginia Gazette