Victors emerge in Va.’s congressional primaries, court lifts moratorium on evictions, lawsuit filed to block universal background checks, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Congressional primaries were held Tuesday with challengers emerging for U.S. House and Senate seats. Democrat Cameron Webb, an African American doctor, won a four-way primary in the suddenly competitive 5th District, while military veteran Daniel Gade triumphed in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. — The Washington Post; The Virginian-Pilot

• The Supreme Court of Virginia is lifting the moratorium on evictions. It’s scheduled to end June 29, but tenant advocates want more time. — Associated Press

• A Richmond City Councilman wants to ban tear gas and rubber bullets. — VPM

• Gun rights groups have filed a lawsuit trying to block universal background checks from becoming law. — The Washington Post

• Portsmouth’s City Council has put up money to move its Confederate monument, weeks after it was beheaded and vandalized during a protest that seriously injured a man. “But, as usual when Portsmouth politics cross issues of race, it’s not so simple.” — The Virginian-Pilot

• The Fairfax County School Board voted to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School. “The name is, in all honesty, an embarrassment…,” one student said. — WTOP

• JMU says it plans to rename three buildings named for Confederate leaders, but James Madison can stay. — Daily News-Record

• A judge has ordered the Richmond school system to turn over data on teacher turnover that was requested nearly a year ago via the Freedom of Information Act. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “South Boston Speedway plans to carry on with its Saturday night races with fans in the stands despite the announcement on Tuesday that Virginia will not enter Phase Three of reopening until July 1.” — Danville Register & Bee

• A Trump-supporting businessman from Henry County is waging a social media campaign to try to convince people he’s not racist. His comments about a Black member of the Martinsville City Council drew a cease-and-desist letter from the city attorney. — Martinsville Bulletin

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