Va. Beach shooting probe inconclusive; Luria’s impeachment video goes viral and more headlines

Virginia Mercury


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• A probe by a security firm city leaders in Virginia Beach hired to investigate the mass shooting at a municipal building in May yielded no clear motives or red flags the company said might have warranted further investigation into the shooter, but did detail workplace troubles the longtime employee experienced in the days leading up to the shooting, including distress that a fellow city worker “claimed he’d improperly authorized $3,000 worth of work and violated city law.” The husband of one of the 12 victims called the report a “dog and pony show.” —Associated PressThe Virginian-Pilot

• “As the nation tunes into impeachment hearings into President Trump, U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria is circulating an unusual, cinematic video that lays out her support for the proceedings — a perilous position for a Democrat from a Virginia Beach district that Trump carried in 2016.”—The Washington Post

• The state official working to steer the state’s public mental hospital system out of an overcrowding crisis is resigning, heightening concern among some advocates and lawmakers about the future of the struggling system. “It’s just very distressing,” said Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The lottery says it’s still losing money to so-called games of skill, blaming a 28 percent drop in sales last month on the slot-machine-like devices that have popped up by the thousands around the state.—Daily Press

• The Virginia Department of Corrections says it operates the largest treatment-oriented prison in the nation, where the state sends inmates with two years left to serve for an intensive program aimed at “changing minds and changing behaviors.”—Daily Press

• The field of Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in 2020 has grown to three.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Citing the ongoing trade war and saying states must take international trade into their own hands, Gov. Ralph Northam announced a plan to take Virginia from being 41st in the country for exports to the top 20 in 15 years.”—Inside Business

• Fredericksburg voted to move a slave auction block on a downtown street corner to a museum. The city plans to replace the stone with a historical marker.—The Free Lance-Star

• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney appointed an eviction reduction task force.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A large, friendly audience welcomed Donald Trump Jr. to Liberty University, where he defended his father and mocked the whistleblower who touched off ongoing impeachment hearings.—The News & Advance

• Do Virginia’s state elections predict the results of the next year’s presidential contest? Not so much, says PolitiFact Virginia, which found “Virginia — if anything — has been reverse trendsetter. The partisan results in General Assembly races were opposite to the following year results of national races when presidents were seeking reelection.”—VPM