You can play lottery games on your phone now; Hanover’s GOP nomination fight rages on; Ikea sells thousands of meatballs in Norfolk and more headlines

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• The lottery expanded its gambling offerings to its mobile app this month, allowing people to play games directly on their phones as long as they’re at a traditional retailer or a participating bar or restaurant. – Daily News-Record

• The state transportation board approved a funding plan with slight tweaks after complaints that Amazon-focused projects were unfairly prioritized. – WTOP

• The GOP nomination fight in Hanover between Del. Chris Peace and challenger Scott Wyatt remains decidedly unsettled, with Wyatt insisting he won the title in a nominating convention and Peace still preparing for a June 1 firehouse primary. – The Mechanicsville Local

• Police charged three teenagers in Henrico County with felony vandalism for allegedly spray-painting swastikas and white supremacist slogans at a local mall. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A newly elected state delegate who is Muslim “said he was harassed by protesters and asked how he planned to implement Sharia law at his first town hall.” – Associated Press

• A Fairfax County board race is mired in anonymous allegations of shadowy conspiracies in which a sitting member is accused of trading a political favor for a real-estate deal. – WAMU

• Police in Virginia Beach say the crowd of 35,000 who attended Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival brought no violent crime to the city. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Bedford County voted to drop the cost of a concealed carry permit from $40 to $15, which leaders called a boost to “constitutional freedom.” – The News & Advance

• Interpreters behind Colonial Williamsburg’s efforts to tell the stories of the city’s earliest black residents met for a panel discussion on the program’s origins and challenges, including the foundation’s first attempt in 1979 to recruit black actors from Hampton University to play the role of slaves. “You don’t go to a predominately black university and make a statement like that unless you are three beers short of a six-pack or your cause is just,” said Rex Ellis, who at the time was a theater professor at the university. – The Virginia Gazette

• A carnival worker from Washington County is accused of killing three women he met through the traveling show. – Associated Press

• Ikea says it sold 65,500 meatballs in its first week open in Norfolk. – The Virginian-Pilot

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Ned Oliver
Ned, a Lexington native, has a decade’s worth of experience in journalism, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He also has the awards to show for it, including taking a pair of first-place honors at the Virginia Press Association awards earlier this year for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass.