Police officer killed in Newport News; Bill restricting student censorship fails; A ‘deep cleaning’ in Bristol and more headlines

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• A Newport News police officer was killed after she was dragged by a car following a traffic stop. — WTKR

• The Virginian-Pilot’s building in Norfolk has been sold to a Richmond apartment developer. — The Virginian-Pilot

• A Democratic-led Senate committee killed a bill creating safeguards against censorship of student media in Virginia.  “Can you imagine giving a free rein to a 16-17-year-old Dick Saslaw?” said Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax. — Richmond Times-Dispatch 

• One hundred “cold-stunned” turtles washed up on North Carolina beaches. — Richmond Times-Dispatch (via AP)

• The Virginia Department of Corrections says it will stop strip-searching children and banning others who want to visit inmates but don’t want to consent to the search. — The Virginian-Pilot 

• Middle River Regional Jail Superintendent Jack Lee is facing a mountain of criminal charges related to having prisoners work on his private land. —WHSV

• Former KKK leader David Duke has agreed to pay money to a man injured in the deadly 2017 Charlottesville car attack. — The Associated Press

• A Chesterfield elementary student found a gun on a school playground. — WTVR

• A traveling exhibit at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia in Richmond tells the stories of some of the more than 600 people owned by Thomas Jefferson. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Botetourt, said Democrats have a “faulty case” against President Donald Trump. “We’re going to see exactly what that gets them,” he said. — The News & Advance

• Following a surge of illness among teachers and students, Bristol’s public schools will be closed “for a deep cleaning.” — Bristol Herald Courier

• Meet the 29-year-old lobbyist with cerebral palsy who advocates for others with disabilities at the General Assembly. “I want this to be a fully-inclusive world where everything is accessible. Everything is inclusive. And people like me can go everywhere and do everything.” — WTVR

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Robert Zullo
Robert has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent 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]