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    School board considers changing dress code to ban Confederate flag images 

    The Charlottesville School Board has shown some support for a resolution that would change the dress code to ban images of the Confederate battle flag, Nazi swastikas and any “images associated with the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups,” from schools, Charlottesville Tomorrow reports

    The move comes in response to last year’s Unite the Right Rally, according to the resolution, which reads, “Students in our school system witnessed this hatred either directly or through the news media, which caused many of our students to become fearful for their safety.” 

    The school board will vote on the resolution on Nov. 1. 

    Meanwhile, the school board in Albermarle County is waiting for legal guidance before making changes to its dress code. A protest held outside its meeting on Aug. 20 resulted in multiple arrests. 

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    • Gov. Northam no longer plans to participate in one of Del. Stephen Heretick’s fundraising events, after Heretick, a Democrat from Portsmouth, broke with his party’s position on redistricting and praised Republican Delegate Chris Jones for consulting both parties in his redistricting efforts. — Richmond Times-Dispatch 
    • Roanoke has finalized its 2019 legislative agenda and, once again, asks the General Assembly to authorize the locality to bar firearms in city council meetings, seeking the same security that judges have in the courthouse, according to one councilman. — The Roanoke Times
    • Norfolk police have publicly announced all 26 homicides that have taken place so far this year, but then decided not to alert the public about a murder-suicide in September. — The Virginian-Pilot
    • A Nelson County family’s plans to build a boutique resort were sidelined by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Now they’re inviting visitors to camp freely on the land to educate them about the pipeline and show them the landscape that would be lost by its construction. — Richmond Times-Dispatch
    • A KKK leader now has an attorney and is preparing to appeal a conviction he received for firing a gun during last year’s Unite the Right rally. — The Daily Progress
    • Danville now has the lowest tax rate in the state for data processing centers, a move made to lure the businesses, and the associated jobs, to the area. — Danville Register & Bee
    • Virginia Beach is following the lead of other cities across the state and cracking down on the Bird scooter invasion. — The Virginian-Pilot
    • An invasive insect from Asia, the spotted lanternfly, a grapevine pest, has found its way to Virginia. — WTOP
    • A middle school dean in Leesburg was charged with assaulting a student in school. — Associated Press
    • A Spotsylvania man set a new record at the State Fair of Virginia with a 254-pound watermelon. — Free Lance-Star
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    Katie O'Connor
    Katie, a Manassas native, has covered health care, commercial real estate, law, agriculture and tourism for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond BizSense and the Northern Virginia Daily. Last year, she was named an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Health Journalism Fellow, a program to aid journalists in making national health stories local and using data in their reporting. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of The Flat Hat, the college paper, and editor-in-chief of The Gallery, the college’s literary magazine.