NAACP calls for special session to address VMI report, Richmond police chief acknowledges mistrust, 260 animals removed from Isle of Wight farm, and more headlines

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• The Virginia NAACP says the legislature should return to Richmond this summer to implement the recommendations of a lengthy report into racism and sexism at the Virginia Military Institute.—CBS19

• Richmond’s police chief, whose department is facing multiple lawsuits over its heavy hand with protesters last year, says “we still have a long way to go to get trust to the level that we would all be comfortable with.”—VPM

• A Southwest Virginia hospital says it accidentally charged patients for their COVID-19 vaccinations.—WVTF

• Lynchburg’s city schools are trying to figure out what’s causing headaches, skin and eye irritation and trouble breathing in staff members at its administrative building.—News & Advance

• VCU expelled a fraternity for three months after a freshman pledge died from alcohol poisoning.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The 113-year-old Emporia Dam was one of more than 80 aging dams nationwide that an investigation found “could flood a major toxic waste site and potentially spread contaminated material into surrounding communities” in a case of failure.—Undark Magazine

• Virginia Beach will be included in one of the nation’s largest extreme heat studies.—Virginian-Pilot 

• One local registrar in the Dan River region was predicting about 3 percent turnout for the Democratic primary on Tuesday.—Register & Bee

• Police are investigating complaints that diners were drugged at a Blacksburg restaurant.—Roanoke Times

• The Washington Football Team will return to Richmond for a one-week training camp this summer. But this time, the NFL team will pay the city instead of the other way around.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Authorities removed 260 animals, including 110 dogs, from an Isle of Wight farm whose owner recently died.—Smithfield Times

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Robert Zullo
Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending 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]