Three GOP Virginia delegates say they support passing red flag law backed by Trump; Democrats dominate small dollar fundraising; Metro uses the wrong font and more headlines

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• Leaders in Northern Virginia say they oppose the federal government’s plan to house as many as 440 unaccompanied minors in the area, citing the Trump administration’s policy of separating families. “Fairfax County wants no part in this heartless practice.” – The Washington Post

• Three GOP members of the House of Delegates say they support passing a version of the red flag law backed by Donald Trump, which is gaining support among congressional Republicans after twin mass shootings over the weekend but was voted down in the Virginia House and Senate for two years running. – VPM

• House Speaker Kirk Cox launched the first television ad of his campaign season, a “feel-good spot that features minority constituents calling the Republican ‘one of us.’” – The Washington Post

• State Democrats are dominating small dollar fundraising, with 61,342 people donating $100 or less to candidates, compared to 7,709 who gave to Republicans. – Daily Press

• A fund covering medical bills and living expenses for victims of the Charlottesville car attack who are unable to work due to their injuries is almost out of money. – WVTF

• Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline filed another legal challenge. Broader in scope than past challenges, it argues construction will harm endangered fish, bats and plants. – The Roanoke Times

• Dominion Energy is poll testing pro-monopoly arguments after a coalition began a push to increase competition in the state’s energy market. – PV Magazine

• After a church in Appomattox with an all-white congregation put up an “America: Love it or leave it” sign, a predominantly black church in Hopewell of the same name started getting angry calls. “Obviously, it’s a racist statement,” the Hopewell pastor said. “But to find out it came from a church just really took me for a loop.” – NPR

• Bland County cancelled its high school football season because it didn’t have enough players. “You never see something like this. It’s unfortunate. Absolutely.” – The Roanoke Times

• The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts plans to recreate Edward Hopper’s “Western Motel” for an exhibit of the painter’s work that will allow some guests to stay overnight.  – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• People freaked out a little when a Metro contractor used the wrong font on a station pylon in Northern Virginia – Helvetica Bold instead of Helvetica Black. WMATA blamed the vendor and said they’re ordering a fix, much to the relief of typeface enthusiasts everywhere. – WAMU

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