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No new COVID-19 deaths Monday, gun sales hit historic levels in June, Dominion’s stock price and credit dented, and more headlines

By: - July 7, 2020 8:02 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Virginia reported no new COVID-19 deaths in its Monday data update, the first time that’s happened since late March.—Washington Post

• More than 100,000 Virginia businesses and nonprofits got billions in Paycheck Protection Program money, including Gov. Ralph Northam’s former medical practice.—Associated Press

• Virginia gun sales shot through the roof in the month of June, hitting historic levels amid fear over the pandemic, civil unrest and activists’ push to defund police departments.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Body camera footage shows Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, telling police they could not arrest protesters preparing to paint a Confederate monument. A man was severely injured later when a crowd pulled down a piece of it.—WAVY

• Many in Nelson County cheered the demise of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. “Tears. For real. Tears of relief and joy,” one landowner said.—News & Advance

• Dominion Energy’s decision to abandon the pipeline and sell off big portions of its natural gas transmission and storage business dented its stock price and credit and will cost it $3.2 billion in pre-tax charges against its earnings.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Faculty members at Washington & Lee University voted overwhelmingly to recommend dropping Robert E. Lee from the school’s name. Some wanted to drop Washington too.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Schools throughout the state are scrapping Confederate names and mascots. “I think a lot of people, right now, are looking back and examining things in their life that they let slide or just accepted as ‘that’s the way things are.'”—Washington Post

• National Democrats have asked Virginia election officials not to grant a filing extension that would allow Republican congressional hopefuls to appear on the ballot in November. The elections board will take up the issue this afternoon.—Roll Call

• Walmart and Target have stopped selling Washington Redskins gear through their online stores amid pressure to rename the team. Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter to defend the franchise and denounce “politically correct” change.—New York Times

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]