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• Police in Richmond fired teargas, rubber bullets and pepper spray at protesters outside their downtown headquarters for the second night in a row. The demonstrators were outraged an officer drove a police cruiser through a crowd of protesters on Saturday night. In a statement, the police chief said someone was assaulting the officer, but the claim doesn’t match witness accounts or video of the incident.—Commonwealth Times, Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The sheriff in Shenandoah County “apologized to a black pastor who was arrested this month after calling 911 for help when a white family allegedly threatened and assaulted him after trying to dump a refrigerator on his property.”—The Washington Post
• The family of a 17-year-old who helped organize a Black Lives Matter rally in the Southwestern Virginia town of Marion said they found a burning cross in their front yard the next day. Police say they’re investigating.—Smyth County News & Messenger
• Crews are scheduled to begin work removing the remainder of Norfolk’s 80-foot-tall Confederate monument this morning. City leaders said it had become a public safety issue and plan to hold hearings next month about where to move it.—The Virginian-Pilot
• Protesters have transformed the Lee statue in Richmond, designed to seem untouchable, into a daily civic gathering space for speeches, music, barbecues and conversations.—The Washington Post
• “The economic damage the coronavirus shutdown has done to the state budget could be significantly less than the $1 billion revenue loss previously estimated for the fiscal year that ends June 30. However, Virginia’s top finance official warned that local governments dependent on sales and meals tax revenues could face a bigger fiscal challenge.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Roanoke College says it’s opening an academic center dedicated to studying race and the legacy of slavery.—The Roanoke Times
• “The Richmond region has seen a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among Latinos because of workplace spread.”—Virginia Business
• UVA’s athletics department announced it’s tweaking its new logos to remove a reference to the serpentine walls on the school’s campus, which were built in the 1820s “as a barrier between the university community and enslaved people.”—The Daily Progress
• “The Justice Department has initiated legal proceedings to condemn nine acres of land in northern Virginia to facilitate a major expansion of Arlington National Cemetery.”—Associated Press
• Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor says she’s exploring a run for attorney general next year. No one has formally announced their intention to run for the seat, but Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, has said he’s also considering entering the race.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “Del. Nick Freitas, who is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, took responsibility Monday for missing a deadline to file campaign paperwork for the second straight year.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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