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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Ahead of the special session on gun violence later this month, Republicans and the National Rifle Association are sounding an alarm, warning their members that Democrats “want our state,” as Del. Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland, told a group in Fredericksburg....
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is leaving his job at the law firm Morrison & Foerster. He was put on paid leave in February after the two sexual assault allegations against him became public. — The Washington Post• A North...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Several new laws go into effect today, meaning that thousands can get their driver’s licenses back, only those over 21 can purchase tobacco products and schools can start before Labor Day, among other changes. — Associated Press, The Virginian-Pilot, Roanoke Times• In the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Workers are trying to remove 3,600 tons of coal that spilled after a train derailed in the Great Dismal Swamp. Clean up will take weeks. — The Virginian-Pilot • The Catholic Diocese of Richmond added six priests to a list...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A train derailment sent thirty-six railroad carloads of finely-ground coal into the Great Dismal Swamp. "The coal itself is not a hazardous material, but when it does get in the water and there are heavy metals, it can...
NEWS TO KNOW 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...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney called for a ban on guns from city-owned buildings and parks, citing the death of a 9-year-old girl last month at a picnic. Leaders in Virginia Beach voted against supporting similar legislation last week and...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• James Fields, the avowed white supremacist who killed one and injured dozens in a car attack in Charlottesville two years ago, asked a federal judge for “mercy” ahead of his sentencing hearing his week. Prosecutors counter that Fields has...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts commissioned artist Kehinde Wiley’s first large-scale sculpture – a 30-foot-tall response to Confederate statues inspired by a visit to Richmond in 2016. “It shows a young African American man, sitting on a horse...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s representatives insist he was not pressured into endorsing President Donald Trump. The statements come amid ongoing revelations about Falwell’s decision to buy a Miami Beach hostel with a pool boy he’d just met...