Police arrest 15 protesters in Richmond suburb, judge rejects challenge to new Va. gun law, amusement parks still limited to 1,000 guests, and more headlines

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• Richmond police reported making 15 arrests overnight in a suburban neighborhood. Local media outlets reported protesters appeared to be holding a sit-in near the home of city prosecutor Colette McEachin. — WTVR | Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Goochland County judge rejected gun rights groups’ effort to block Virginia’s new one-handgun-a-month law before it takes effect. — Associated Press

• Former state Sen. Bill Carrico, a Republican from far Southwest Virginia, says he feels a “calling” to run for governor. A former state trooper, he says calls to defund the police go too far and “people want to feel secure in their state.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Gov. Ralph Northam said he won’t loosen social distancing rules for Busch Gardens and King’s Dominion to make it easier for the amusement parks to reopen before the summer tourism peak. — Virginia Gazette

• The leaders of Virginia’s three largest public universities are asking the state for $200 million in coronavirus relief funds to boost COVID-19 testing at their campuses. — Washington Post

• Roanoke-area school districts don’t seem eager to remove police officers from their buildings, an idea gaining traction in other parts of the state. — Roanoke Times

• A self-described KKK leader accused of driving his truck through a Black Lives Matter protest is now facing hate crime charges in Henrico County. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Virginian-Pilot interviewed inmates in jails and prisons about their experiences trying to survive the pandemic while locked up. — Virginian-Pilot

• Liberty University’s former director of diversity retention has raised thousands to help other Black employees leave the school. — News & Advance

• In Alexandria, 64 percent of people arrested for drug offenses were Black, a disproportionate number for a city that’s less than a quarter Black. — Alexandria Gazette Packet

• Attorney General Mark Herring is suing an Arlington County towing operator, accusing the company of “overly aggressive” towing that “causes consumers to become irate.” — ARLnow

• Loudoun County’s treasurer says he won’t resign after his controversial Facebook post about Aunt Jemima syrup and pancake mix, saying “leaders do not run from their mistakes.” — Loudoun Times-Mirror

• Charlottesville’s future McIntire Botanical Garden will have a different name. Its backers are dropping the affiliation with Paul Goodloe McIntire, a philanthropist who donated land for city parks in the 1920s while stipulating racial segregation. — Daily Progress

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