Virginia Beach agrees to an independent investigation of mass shooting, with conditions; electric buses coming to Alexandria, Blacksburg and Hampton Roads; Richmond residents could play zombies and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Virginia Beach City Council members agreed to commission an independent investigation into the municipal center mass shooting on the condition that the inquiry would not begin until local police sign off that it wouldn’t interfere with their work, likely by the end of summer. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, weighed in on calls for an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, saying lawmakers shouldn’t worry about “what happened in some bar in 2004.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Attorney General Mark Herring sued a Roanoke County telemarketing operation he alleged made more than 500,000 illegal robocalls targeting people trying to sell cars on Craigslist. – The Roanoke Times

• Richmond’s bus system, which at the beginning of the decade was regarded as among the worst in the country, is earning regional and national kudos a year after launching its first bus rapid transit line and redrawing its entire network map to boost transit times and ridership. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Volkswagen settlement money is buying 17 electric buses that will be deployed in Alexandria, Blacksburg and Hampton Roads. – Associated Press

• Virginia is one of six states that requires non-US citizens to work in the country for 10 years before they can qualify for Medicaid. Officials say that’s kept enrollment down in some areas. “This is a barrier.” – WCVE

• Amtrak cancelled service to and from Norfolk today following a coal train derailment. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Some leaders in Frederick worry their decision to reject a cat litter plant planned by Clorox gives the impression they are anti-business. – The Winchester Star

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, appointed chair of the House’s subcommittee on conservation and forestry, extolled the virtues of healthy soil during a recent meeting. – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• AMC’s new “Walking Dead” series is looking for extras in the Richmond area to play zombies. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

Sign up here to get these headlines and the Mercury’s original reporting delivered to your inbox daily in News to Know, our free newsletter.