Top news and notes from across Northern Virginia.
5. Voters to settle gun debate
Republicans leading a narrow majority in the legislature swiftly ended a special session on proposed gun law reforms Tuesday, all but assuring the issue will be at the center of close elections across the region in November.
Gov. Ralph Northam called for the General Assembly to come back to Richmond after 12 people were killed and four were injured in a mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building in May.
4. Metro losing millions to fare evasion
Metro is losing $36 million a year due to fare evasion, according to WMATA’s budget office. Riders jumping turnstiles and refusing to pay bus fare also cause officials to undercount the number of riders, reducing federal funding for Metro, WUSA9 reports.
3. A little bit more sun before storms
Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 89 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms return Thursday.
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2. Tru by Hilton opening in Manassas
State and local leaders announced Tuesday the construction of a new $13.95 million Tru by Hilton hotel in Manassas.
The hotel is slated to open in early fall 2020 and will create 35 jobs and spur $2.8 million in annual economic impact, according to a news release.
1. Washington Monument display celebrates moon landing
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with a once-in-a-lifetime celebration at the Washington Monument.
For three nights, July 16-18, a full-sized, 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be projected onto the east face of the Washington Monument from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On July 19 and July 20, 17-minute special, “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon,” will combine full-motion projection-mapping artwork on the monument and archival footage to recreate the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first moon landing.
Blink-182 and Lil Wayne will perform Thursday, July 11, at Jiffy Lube Live.