The FBI is reconstructing the Virginia Beach shooting; special session on gun control set for July 9; first standalone library in Charles City County opens and more headlines

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• A 45-person FBI team is painstakingly reconstructing the attack on the Virginia Beach municipal building. “We can’t get into his head on the day of the shooting, but we can look at what he did.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Family members of one of the victims are asking the city to release all records related to the shooter’s employment following reports he had begun to act strangely and got into a “violent altercation on city grounds” the week leading to the shooting. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Hundreds attended the funeral of Keith Cox, who has been heralded for his efforts to protect his coworkers during the attack. “He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He was just being himself.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Gov. Ralph Northam set the special session he said he’d call to address gun control legislation for July 9. – Daily Press

• Campaign finance reports show 13 Democrats accepted donations from Northam, many after calling for his resignation. – WVTF

• Charlottesville appears to be the first local government in the state to take on gray-market slot machines that have popped up in convenience stores and gas stations around the state. The city commonwealth’s attorney gave business owners 30 days to remove the machines, which are marketed as “skill games.” – The Daily Progress

• In a Democratic primary election in Northern Virginia, all four candidates are first-generation Americans. – The Washington Post

• Southwest Virginia Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, is facing a primary challenger upset with his decision to back casino gambling legislation. – Bristol Herald Courier

• A Fairfax supervisors race has sparked a debate about whether the Reston Metro station is public land, with the real estate company that leases an adjacent plaza allowing one candidate to post signs but barring others from campaigning. – The Washington Post

• UVA’s foundation is backing George Mason University in its legal fight to keep contracts with major donors secret. The school is fighting a lawsuit seeking the release of its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation. – The Daily Progress

• Former students of Virginia College, a for-profit university that abruptly closed last year, are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for reinstating its accrediting agency despite concerns about the school’s viability. – The Washington Post

• Charles City County opened a standalone public library. It was the only county in the state without one. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A VDOT team headed to a news conference about Interstate 81 improvements almost missed the event when they got stuck in traffic on the roadway. – The Roanoke Times

• While some Northern Virginia commuters are stuck on shuttle buses for the duration of a Metro shutdown this summer, others have turned to the water taxi, which includes beer, views and has seen a more than 40 percent increase in passengers. – The Washington Post

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