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NOVA’s last Republican delegate draws a challenger and other news to know

By: - August 3, 2018 6:42 am

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  • A small tornado touched down in Albemarle, damaging a high school and knocking a chimney off a home. – The Daily Progress
  • In Warrenton, a 10-year-old girl died when a tree fell on her home. – Associated Press
  • Charlottesville officials said they’re closing all city parks and pools during the anniversary of the Aug. 12 white nationalist rally. – C-Ville
  • Del. Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, already has a Democratic challenger for his seat in the House of Delegates, the last Republicans hold in Northern Virginia. Dan Helmer is an Army veteran who lost this year’s primary to run against Rep. Barbara Comstock. – The Washington Post
  • As post-recession wages have improved for white workers, black and Hispanic workers have seen their wages decrease. — WVTF
  • The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is seeking a court order to stop a taxi company from picking up passengers after the business refused to pay a $25-a-month fee. – The Roanoke Times
  • Passersby rescued a 66-year-old woman from her PT Cruiser as it burst into flames. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • With the jury deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial the case of Hampton congressional candidate Shaun Brown, who runs a nonprofit accused of defrauding the feds by charging for meals for the needy it never served.  –Daily Press
  • High school students in Norfolk talked to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Among other things, he told them “food can feel like it’s hovering in the upper chest,” but “what comes in still comes out.” – Associated Press

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Robert Zullo
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]