Republican House candidate in competitive Richmond suburbs breaks from party on gun reform; Culpeper considering strict solar farm rules and more headlines

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• DeAndre Harris, speaking at length for the first time since he was beaten by white supremacists in a Charlottesville parking garage, says his attackers deserved stiffer sentences. “In the next six years, all these guys will be right back at it. I thought they’d be going to jail for a longer time. If it had been a white guy who was attacked, and it was all my friends beating him up, we would never have seen the light of day again.” – The Washington Post

• The Office of the State Inspector General isn’t doing enough inspecting, according to a report that found 20 percent of dismissed allegations sent to the organization’s fraud, waste and abuse hotline were disregarded because they did not come with enough information, which the report says could easily have been gathered. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Republican House of Delegates candidate in the Richmond suburbs, Mary Margaret Kastelberg, breaks with the majority of her party on gun legislation in a television advertisement that will begin airing today in which she calls for more background checks, a “red flag” law and limits on magazine size. “Nobody needs a 100-round magazine,” she says in the ad. – The Washington Post

• The latest round of campaign finance reports were due yesterday and General Assembly candidates use all kinds of tricks to make their account balances look as fat as possible. – WVTF 

• “A lawyer whose clients are challenging a Virginia law requiring marriage applicants to disclose their race says the attorney general’s attempt to make the requirement optional is insufficient.” – Associated Press

• Officials in Culpeper are considering rules to limit the size of solar farms after community opposition led to withdrawal of a proposal to build a 1,600-acre project. – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• “The investigation commissioned by Eastern Virginia Medical School that could not determine whether Gov. Ralph Northam appeared in a racist photo on his yearbook page cost the school nearly $368,000.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Danville public schools is asking the state for more administrative help amid a “steady decline of city students’ standard of learning test scores.” – The Danville Register & Bee

• Amazon is hosting a career day today at the site of its future offices in Crystal City as it works to fill 400 jobs before the end of the year. – The Washington Post

• UVA men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett declined a pay raise, saying the university should use the money to raise other staffers’ salaries. “I have more than enough.” – Associated Press

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