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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach has honored 11 slain city employees with a somber slideshow, including their job titles and the fact that they accounted for 150 combined years of service. Meanwhile, about an hour outside the city, the family of suspect DeWayne Craddock posted a handwritten note on their door expressing condolences to the victims. The Washington Post reports the note also says the family wants to focus on the victims and offers thoughts and prayers for the relatives of the dead and wounded.
UNDATED (AP) — There's a difference of opinion on whether the suppressor on the gun used to kill a dozen people in Virginia Beach made it easier for the shooter. Gun-control advocates say so-called "silencers" make it too easy for shooters to escape detection and inflict mass carnage. Gun-rights advocates and most law enforcement experts, however, say DeWayne Craddock's use of a suppressor on his .45-caliber handgun likely had no bearing on his ability to kill so many people in so little time Friday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — River communities in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas are trying to cope with record floodwaters. The mayor of the small Arkansas city of Dardanelle says he hopes a temporary levee will buy some time for residents to prepare. Emergency officials have conducted water rescues in the tiny northwestern Missouri town of Levasy in the wake of a levee breach along the Missouri River. In Oklahoma, water levels continued to drop as residents who were forced from their homes made plans to return.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential hopefuls used Joe Biden's absence at a California gathering to take subtle digs at the former vice president and craft themselves as better positioned to lead the party into the future. Fourteen Democratic candidates are spending the weekend courting thousands of activists at a state Democratic Party convention. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told activists that the country is in crisis and Democrats can't hope Republicans will come around, as Biden has suggested.
ATLANTA (AP) — Proposed state voting changes tell a tale of opposing philosophies regarding the question of expansion or restriction. Democrats are using gains they made in state legislatures to expand early voting, implement automatic voter registration and take other steps designed to increase participation. Many Republican-led states are headed in the other direction, saying tighter rules about things like voter registration and early voting target potential voter fraud.
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