Richmond’s yearly reminder that hosting the Redskins is a bad deal and other headlines

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The Redskins returned to summer training camp in Richmond, prompting a fresh round of agonizing about how terrible the agreement with the team has been for the city.

Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council Members marked the occasion by reiterating they would rather let the team walk than renew the deal under the same terms, WTVR reports.

When it was built in 2012, officials promised it would more than pay itself. But many of the sponsorships and other revenue never materialized, leaving city taxpayers on the hook for $11.25 million in bonds on top of the $500,000 annual cash payment the city agreed to give the team each year they came to town.

More news

  • The president of the Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau says he supports Trump’s $12 billion trade-war bail out and thinks the new tariffs will help in the long run. –Danville Register & Bee
  • One of Virginia’s biggest lobbyists is refusing to donate to Democrats who pledged to not accept donations from Dominion and Appalachian Power. – The Washington Post
  • A judge sentenced a protester who blocked Mountain Valley Pipeline construction to two days in jail. – The Roanoke Times
  • Charlottesville City Council offered a former Army chief of staff the job of interim city manager, but he turned it down, calling the councilmembers petty and unfocused. – The Daily Progress
  • A Staunton-area activist says she plans to challenge Del. Steve Landes (R-Augusta) in next year’s election. – News Leader
  • The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by Richmond Police in May said his toxicology report came back clean and reiterated their belief he was having a mental health breakdown. – WVTF
  • Fruit growers are struggling with this summer’s heavy rainfall. — The Culpeper Star-Exponent.

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