Stunning Klan comment from Hanover supervisor; State board mum on pardon backlog; Staunton sells off Lee gear and more headlines

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• Seven people died in traffic crashes over the July 4 weekend. Another 79 were arrested for drunken driving. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The armor-plated, ancient sturgeon is making a comeback after being driven to the brink of extinction by the 1800s caviar rush, pollution, dams and overfishing. “Now, they’re almost every place we’re looking.” – Associated Press

• Reacting to the Ku Klux Klan’s rally in Hanover over the weekend, a county supervisor wrote on Facebook that, “If you hate them, you’re a hate group too.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state parole board won’t say how many petitions for pardon are backlogged in its offices, but some families have waited years for answers, including a mentally disabled couple whose relationship landed one partner in prison for rape when courts ruled the other couldn’t consent to sex because her IQ was too low. – WVTF

• Petersburg’s elected treasurer is suing to stop the City Council from stripping his office of virtually all its duties. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Richmond City Councilman is trying to get the city to pay his legal bills after he was pressured out of office by court challenges after he moved out of the district he was elected to represent. – Richmond Free Press

• Staunton Public Schools is selling off all its Robert E. Lee branded athletic uniforms and gear after voting to drop the Confederate general’s name from its high school. – News Leader

• Republican House of Delegates candidate Paul Milde, who beat out incumbent Bob Thomas in last month’s primary, is facing criticism for sharing a meme about concentration camps and the border that some called anti-Semitic. – Washington Jewish Week

• UVA is considering requiring all its second year students to live on campus. – C-VILLE

• Another seafood company is charged with passing off foreign crab meat as Atlantic blue crab. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A thief, perhaps feeling lucky, stole 12,000 scratch-off lottery tickets from a Stafford convenience store. They were valued at about $240,000. – The Washington Post

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