Virginia Beach leaders plan push to allow locals to keep guns out of municipal buildings; Morrissey’s one-time aide running against him; Carroll County declares itself “sanctuary” for guns and more headlines

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• Two Virginia Beach City Council members say they’ll push for state legislation allowing local governments to ban guns from their municipal buildings – a step they’re currently prohibited from taking. “We have to control — or at least address control — of where these guns go.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Democrats who had called for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign are now taking his campaign contributions. House Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn defended the decision, saying Northam is “part of a team working to elect majorities in the General Assembly.” Republicans called her a hypocrite. Analysts said voters probably don’t care. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Former Del. Joe Morrissey’s one-time aide filed paperwork to challenge him as an independent. The 29-year-old, who once helped Morrissey get an assault rifle on the floor of the House to use as a prop during a speech, says he wants to give voters in the Petersburg-anchored Senate district an alternative. “I actually don’t see how I can lose.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The company behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline says it’s pursuing a land swap to avoid a legal challenge of its permit to cross the Appalachian Trail. The deal, which would essentially privatize the contested crossing, would “delay the project’s completion until the middle of next year and increase its cost to as much as $5 billion.” – The Roanoke Times

• A group of Kenyan scammers stole $600,000 from a local government in Northern Virginia by pretending to work for Dell. Prosecutors didn’t name the jurisdiction, but said the crime occurred in Fairfax County. – The Washington Post

• Huge state tax breaks for data centers have made the state “the world leader” in the data business. While the state sees only modest revenue benefits, officials say the developments are low impact and help local governments, which reap real estate and other taxes. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A senior clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond was charged with bringing a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol into the building. – Associated Press

• The state announced a pilot for a new streaming show will film in Central Virginia this summer. They didn’t name the series, but the project sounds like “Swagger,” a series about young basketball players based on NBA star Kevin Durant’s life. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Carroll County Board of Supervisors declared their jurisdiction a “Sanctuary County for Second Amendment rights.” A county board member said the symbolic resolution signifies “We won’t use any local funds or support to aid in the confiscation of guns or to take away our Second Amendment rights.” – The Roanoke Times

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