Thursday, June 25, 2020

Virginia Updates

Weapons charge dropped against pastor, Airport police officer charged with trespassing near Lee statue, and more headlines (Virginia Mercury) — […]

• A Shenandoah County judge has agreed to drop a weapons charge filed against a Black pastor who was arrested after calling 911 on a group of White people accused of threatening him and trespassing on his property. The pastor’s lawyer said the dismissal doesn’t go far enough. — Northern Virginia Daily

• The Alexandria City Council banned guns and ammunition on city property and streets where special events are being held, “making it the first city to take advantage of new Virginia laws that tightened gun restrictions this spring.” — The Washington Post

• Marine Corps veteran Aliscia Andrews won a GOP primary and will try unseat freshman Democrat Jennifer Wexton in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. — The Associated Press

• Five graduates of a Fredericksburg high school who attended a socially distant graduation ceremony last week have tested positive for COVID-19. — The Free Lance-Star

• Some Richmond protesters have been showing up heavily armed as part of a “volunteer security force.” One said: “We’ve turned our last cheek.” — The Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision to make Juneteenth a state holiday on short notice forced the DMV to cancel almost 6,000 appointments. In Hampton Roads, some people still showed up to find locked doors. — The Daily Press

Virginia holds congressional primaries (Virginia Mercury) — […]

• There are primaries across the state today for Congressional offices. Here’s a primer. — The Virginian-Pilot

• A look and a listen with the Republicans trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. —VPM

• Arlington County officials are doing some “internal soul searching” after workers washed away a girl’s Black Lives Matter chalk art on Juneteenth. — ARLnow

@Daily_Press: BREAKING: Virginia will enter Phase 3 of reopening on July 1, Gov. Ralph Northam says[…]

@jennaportnoy: GOP favorite @GadeforVirginia wins the nomination to challenge @MarkWarnerVA @VASenate[…]

June 2020 Primary Election Results

Victors emerge in Va.’s congressional primaries, court lifts moratorium on evictions, lawsuit filed to block universal background checks, and more headlines (Virginia Mercury) — […]

• Congressional primaries were held Tuesday with challengers emerging for U.S. House and Senate seats. Democrat Cameron Webb, an African American doctor, won a four-way primary in the suddenly competitive 5th District, while military veteran Daniel Gade triumphed in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. — The Washington Post; The Virginian-Pilot

• The Supreme Court of Virginia is lifting the moratorium on evictions. It’s scheduled to end June 29, but tenant advocates want more time. — Associated Press

• Gun rights groups have filed a lawsuit trying to block universal background checks from becoming law. — The Washington Post

• JMU says it plans to rename three buildings named for Confederate leaders, but James Madison can stay. — Daily News-Record

• A judge has ordered the Richmond school system to turn over data on teacher turnover that was requested nearly a year ago via the Freedom of Information Act. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

Northern Va. couple faces charges for virus relief fraud, and more headlines (Virginia Mercury) — […]

• A Northern Virginia couple is facing charges after fraudulently obtaining more than $1.4 million in federal virus-related relief. — Associated Press

• Busch Gardens won’t reopen when the state enters Phase 3. Its president says he’s “extremely disappointed” outdoor theme parks are being “lumped in with unrelated models like bowling alleys and skating rinks.” — The Virginia Gazette

• Faculty at Washington and Lee University are starting to discuss dropping Robert E. Lee from the school’s name. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The University of Richmond yanked the acceptance of an incoming student over an “offensive and racially charged” video posted on social media. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Arlington County is seeing a “noticeable uptick” in copperhead sightings. Officials aren’t sure if there are more snakes or people are just spending more time outside. — ARLnow

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