Rep. Wexton donates money from Lt. Gov. Fairfax to women’s shelter; schools weigh tuition increase vs incentive package; Newport News sees the “Marie Kondo” effect and more headlines

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• In light of sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Rep. Jennifer Wexton donated money that he gave to her campaign to the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. — The Washington Post

• One of the neo-Nazi groups sued over the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville has a new, unlikely  leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it. — Associated Press

• According to some victims, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy with substantiated sexual assault allegations against them had gaping holes, omitting names of some of their abusers. “It’s like they’re limiting their liability. I can’t say that I’m surprised, though. It’s their culture, how they do things.” — The Virginian-Pilot

• The newly-passed state budget calls for setting aside $40 million in state taxes on online purchases each fiscal year to help fund the incentive payments promised to Amazon to lure the company to Northern Virginia. — Washington Business Journal

• Even though it’s already approved a tuition increase for the 2019-20 school year, the University of Virginia is considering the General Assembly’s recently-passed incentive package to keep rates at their current levels. But it could mean less money for the school. — The Daily Progress

• Virginia Tech is considering the same incentive package. It would be the first time in nearly two decades the school didn’t raise tuition, if it accepts. — The Roanoke Times

• In a continued effort to reform the lottery system, the General Assembly passed legislation this session that would allow the state to fine people who are caught reselling winning tickets, a tactic commonly used to avoid paying back taxes or child support. — The Virginian-Pilot

• Some lawmakers say a combination of good intentions and bad timing has put First Lady Pam Northam in the spotlight of the latest racial scandal consuming the Governor. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• After contentious debate, the Metro board voted to maintain its current hours, even though D.C. officials were pushing for the return of later service because, they argued, shortened hours hurt late-night workers. — The Washington Post

• The man who drove the garbage truck that an Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress crashed into was found not guilty of manslaughter. — The Daily Progress

• Legislation that would allow coworking spaces to serve alcohol is awaiting the Governor’s signature. — Richmond BizSense

• The Governor has signed a handful of bills aimed at reducing evictions. — Associated Press

• The president of the Chesterfield NAACP was charged with embezzlement after the organization’s treasurer filed a criminal complaint against him. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state is holding a public hearing next week on potential rules around holding rallies at the massive statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Richmond’s Monument Avenue. — Associated Press

• In light of the scandals surrounding Virginia’s Democratic leaders, Republicans are feeling “reenergized” ahead of the November elections, according to political analysts. — WVTF

• The City of Newport News is looking at a revenue and expenditure deficit of about $1.3 million in its general fund budget, which the budget director chalked up to the government shutdown in January and the “Marie Kondo effect.” — The Daily Press


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