Protestors gathered at NRA’s headquarters in Fairfax County; Native Americans worry that Virginia’s 400th anniversary commemorations overlook their history; health officials want your ticks and other headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• “Several hundred protesters gathered Monday night in front of the headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Fairfax County to play out what by now has become a routine: Call for stronger gun laws. Repeat.” – The Washington Post

• Virginia Native Americans worry the state’s 400th anniversary commemorations overlook their role in history. “You can’t talk about the ‘first government’ without talking about the American Indian people and a government that were already here.” – The Washington Post

• The dean of VCU’s arts school is stepping down following a professor’s lawsuit over his handling of a racial discrimination complaint last year. He says suggestions that the two events are connected are baseless. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• When is a shooting in Virginia considered self defense? With no formal laws on the books, prosecutors look to a patchwork of case law. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Chesterfield County woman who blew the whistle on the marketing practices of her opioid-manufacturing employer stands to receive “the largest-ever settlement to an individual plaintiff in Virginia.” – Daily Press

• Nearly the entire herd of wild ponies living on Chincoteague has been vaccinated for swamp cancer, but the mysterious infection nonetheless killed another filly last month, bringing the toll to eight. – WVTF

• A group of Chesterfield County residents is banding together to oppose a massive solar farm, which they worry will lower their property values. The developers behind the project counter solar isn’t particularly disruptive compared to other potential uses. – Chesterfield Observer

• The Virginia Department of Health is asking residents to mail them any ticks they find on themselves as part of a statewide survey to determine “incidence and type of ticks present in the state.” – The Free Lance-Star

• Virginia-based aerospace giant Northrop Grumman is getting into the shellfish business. A team of engineers says they’re working to develop biochemical, acoustic and laser sensors to survey oyster beds in the Chesapeake. – WTOP

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