Virginia Beach shooting survivor describes heroism of Keith Cox; ACLU sues Chesterfield County apartment complex for racial discrimination; 80 arrested in Patrick County cockfighting bust and more headlines

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• A second survivor of the Virginia Beach shooting has come forward to describe the heroism of Keith Cox, who died trying to save his coworkers. “We said Keith, ‘Come on. Come on.’ And Keith said ‘No. I gotta make sure everyone is OK.’ We begged him to come in.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Two longtime prosecutors in Northern Virginia are facing tough reelection challenges focused on criminal justice reform and funded by George Soros to the tune of nearly $1 million. – The Washington Post

• Despite the anger some Republicans directed at members of their party who voted for Medicaid expansion last year, only three incumbents are facing primary challenges this year. – The Washington Post

• With his push to dismiss low-level marijuana cases stymied by local judges, Norfolk’s chief prosecutor is asking the full state Supreme Court to consider an appeal that a three-judge panel rejected last month. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Leaders in Charlottesville are considering dropping Thomas Jefferson’s birthday as an official city holiday. – The Daily Progress

• A judge says he’ll have U.S. Marshals track down leaders of a white supremacist organization who are ignoring a federal lawsuit filed by victims in the Charlottesville car attack. – The Daily Progress

• The ACLU is suing an apartment complex in Chesterfield County that bans people with a felony record for racial discrimination, saying the ban has a “disproportionate impact specifically on communities of color.” – WCVE

• President Donald Trump made an unscheduled stop at a Northern Virginia church and asked the pastor to bring him on stage and pray for him, prompting the pastor to clarify in a long letter that he was not endorsing Trump. – The Washington Post

• A major cockfighting bust in Patrick County resulted in 80 arrests and the confiscation of cash, methamphetamine, firearms and other weapons. – The Martinsville Bulletin

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