Today’s primaries highlight tensions in both parties; Cuccinelli named to federal immigration post; Bristol hasn’t seen train-hopping hobos in a while and more headlines

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• Today’s primaries, which will choose candidates in 18 House districts and 14 Senate districts, highlight tensions within the Republican and Democratic parties, with senior incumbents facing challenges from the left and right.  – The Washington Post

• The elections have been among the most expensive in the state’s history, with one race in Fairfax County pulling in $1.7 million. – WAMU

• Campaigns often complain about cross-over voters—that is, members of one political party voting in the primary of another. A review of public data suggests it happens, especially in districts where there’s unlikely to be a competitive general election contest. – Daily Press

• Over objections from some key Senate Republicans, President Trump named former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration. – Associated Press

• One of the Virginia Beach shooting victims was so concerned about the shooter’s behavior leading up to the killing that she had discussed with her husband “whether or not she should take a pistol” to work “and hide it in her handbag.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• One of four shooting victims who survived was released from the hospital. – The Virginian-Pilot

• The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal rules governing gun silencers lodged by two men who argued the “constitutional right to keep and bear arms includes silencers.” – Associated Press

• A GOP campaign consultant who started a newspaper in Loudoun County admitted to defrauding its investors and lying about advertising contracts. – The Washington Post

• An Alexandria rape suspect identified using DNA samples his cousins submitted to a public genealogy database is trying to get evidence used to arrest him tossed, arguing police needed a warrant to collect his DNA from, among other places, the straw he used at a Mexican restaurant. – The Washington Post

• A travel ban imposed by the Trump administration last week means two cruises departing from Norfolk can no longer make stops in Cuba. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Bristol has a long history as a stopover for train hopping hobos, but no one can seem to recall anyone tromping through town with a bindle in the last decade or so. “While I am sure it is probably happening, it is not something that we have observed or received complaints on, at least not recent ones,” said one police captain. – Bristol Herald Courier

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Ned Oliver
Ned, a Lexington native, has a decade’s worth of experience in journalism, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He also has the awards to show for it, including taking a pair of first-place honors at the Virginia Press Association awards earlier this year for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass.