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RICHMOND, Va. (The Virginian-Pilot) — Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation that will create a new license plate with the slogan “VB Strong” honoring the victims of a mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the bill sponsored by Sen. Bill DeSteph passed unanimously out of both chambers and heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.

The plates won’t be available until 450 people apply for them and pay a $10 fee that goes toward Department of Motor Vehicles operations by Nov. 20.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy will honor the victims in last week's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola during the Army-Navy football game.

Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson was a recent academy graduate. Airmen Mohammed Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters also will be honored at the game Saturday in Philadelphia.

Watson's shipmates from the academy's 10th Company will wear red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach SWAT team conducted a training exercise in the same building where 12 people were shot and killed in a mass shooting.

The Virginian-Pilot reports officers appeared in tactical gear and carried rifles on Wednesday to train with at least one K-9 unit as a small number of information technology workers were inside the building, evoking memories of the shooting on May 31.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - An independent probe into Virginia Beach's mass shooting fails to offer clear answers for exactly why a city engineer opened fire in his workplace.

Chicago-based security firm Hillard Heintze concluded its investigation into the May 31 shooting and offered a 262-page report Wednesday to Virginia Beach's City Council.

DeWayne Craddock killed 12 people before he died in a gunbattle with police. He had submitted his resignation that day.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-led legislative commission in Virginia tasked with offering solutions for curbing gun violence says it has no recommendations to make.

The Virginia Crime Commission issued a short report Tuesday saying that staff found "inconclusive evidence" was available to develop recommendations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A judge has postponed a trial to determine whether a man who pleaded guilty this week to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs made the ruling Wednesday, before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the second phase of the trial of Jarrod Ramos.

Attorneys for Ramos asked for the postponement, after Judge Laura Ripken denied their request to preclude or limit testimony from some experts that prosecutors intend to call.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach is opening a center to provide counseling and other forms of support for people impacted by the city's mass shooting.

The city on Virginia's coast said in statement that the center will open next week. Its staff will provide individual counseling as well as group therapy. Alternative forms of help such as yoga and meditation will also be available.

A similar center opened following the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed 58 lives.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach police have updated their timeline for the mass shooting that claimed 12 lives in May.

Police Chief Jim Cervera said it now includes exactly when city engineer DeWayne Craddock shot some of his victims in a municipal building and when he sent an email earlier that day.

The chief's statement Tuesday says police updated the timeline after Virginian-Pilot reporter Gary Harki pointed out a discrepancy and after detectives obtained previously unavailable data.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Democrat running for Virginia's state Senate is invoking the recent mass shooting in Virginia Beach in a new television spot.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the ad is from Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal. She hopes to unseat Sen. Bill DeSteph, a Republican who represents part of Virginia Beach.

The TV spot focuses on a woman who was in the building during the shooting. She criticizes DeSteph for failing to "do something" on gun safety laws.

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As the families and friends of those shot and killed in El Paso and Dayton say their last goodbyes Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Tom Hehman reflects on the shootings less than a year after killings at the synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that left 31 dead has shocked the nation with many seeking solace in prayers and vigils. Around 80 gathered at the Asbury United Medodist Church on Thursday night to mourn and reflect on the tragedy that has so riveted the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush was there and prepared this report.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach's police chief says the department's investigation into late May's mass shooting is nearly complete.

But he says the department may hold off on releasing all of the details immediately. Police are concerned some information could influence an independent investigation into the shooting.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has called for taking strong action against white supremacists and other hate groups as he reacts to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with the Democrat about his reaction to the latest shootings and the president's rhetoric that has been widely criticized.

 Wilmington Night Out in Wake of Shootings

Those that gathered for Wilmington National Night Out did so in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton leaving 31 dead.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of people held vigil outside the National Rifle Association's headquarters in Virginia for the dozens slain in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Gun control groups including March for Our Lives organized Monday's "Vigil for Remembrance and Change," which sought to honor the dead and call for stronger gun laws. The back-to-back weekend shootings cost a total of 31 lives and left more than 50 people wounded.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has met with state and federal law enforcement officials to discuss security issues, including the threat posed by racially motivated extremists.

Hogan met Monday with Jennifer Boone, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office. The superintendent of the Maryland State Police and Hogan's homeland security advisor also attended.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Beach city council has ordered an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding a recent mass shooting that killed 12 people.

News outlets report the council unanimously voted Tuesday to have the city auditor hire an independent contractor to investigate gunman DeWayne Craddock. The probe will analyze Craddock's employment and workplace history, city policies and how to prevent similar violence.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The National Rifle Association will hold a town hall meeting in Virginia Beach about a month after it experienced 2019's deadliest mass shooting.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the town hall is scheduled for Monday. Another is scheduled for Tuesday on the state's Eastern Shore.

The lobbying arm of the NRA will focus on proposals that are likely to come up at the July 9 special legislative session that Gov. Ralph Northam convened in the tragedy's wake.

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(AP) The city of Virginia Beach may soon commission an independent investigation into the mass shooting that claimed 12 lives last month, but the findings might not come out quickly enough for some victims' families, state lawmakers and city officials. 

City Council members delved into a debate Tuesday over how a third-party probe would proceed. One contentious issue is whether police would have control over when the separate investigation could begin.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam has canceled several campaign events following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The events were expected to feature former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has pushed for stronger gun control after she survived a gunshot wound to the head in 2011. Giffords and her husband were planning to praise Northam for supporting "responsible gun violence prevention policies" at a series of roundtable discussions in northern Virginia.

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A vigil was held in Rehoboth Beach by the LGBTQ community in the wake of the night club shooting that left around 50 dead and similar number wounded in Orlando.

Around a hundred showed up to comfort each with several noting that June is gay pride month.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one told the paper their first reaction was whether they knew someone there and then that it could have been one of them.

The paper reports that LGBT groups expressed grief and frustration at the attacks on social media.

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EDGEWATER, Md. (AP) - Police say a Maryland man who was threatening people's lives and claimed to "own" the government may have been planning a mass shooting.

Anne Arundel County police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure says officers arrested 56-year-old Kirk Green on Saturday after he caused a disturbance at a grocery store. Frashure says officers later found guns, ammunition and plans to attack government agencies inside his vehicle at his Edgewater home.

Police say Green had circled locations on a map and had written in a journal that he planned to "take back the land."

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former police officer turned Maryland lawmaker says it's a matter of when, not if, a mass shooting happens in one of the state's schools.

Delegate John Cluster, a Baltimore County Republican, is hoping his bill to put an armed officer in every public school will prevent a shooting like the ones at Columbine or Sandy Hook. A House committee held a hearing on the bill on Wednesday.