Cannabis authority appointed; Slavery museum back on agenda; Baby rhino born and more headlines
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• A hotel owner, a former agriculture official, a businessman who sold energy bars and the co-founder of a Richmond business incubator are among Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointees to the state’s new Cannabis Control Authority, which will oversee the state’s legal marijuana market.—Richmond BizSense
• Sen. Mark Warner is “back in the fray, a central figure in negotiating both a bipartisan infrastructure deal and an ambitious budget blueprint packed with Democratic priorities.”—New York Times
• Roanoke County judge ordered county leaders to either remove a Confederate monument from the front of the local courthouse or move the courthouse to a site without a Confederate monument. “The meaning conveyed by this statue due to its proximity to the Roanoke County Courthouse and being on Roanoke County property is, likewise, completely antithetical to the proper administration of justice.”—Roanoke Times
• About 2,500 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government will be evacuated with their families to Fort Lee, a sprawling Army base south of Richmond.—Progress-Index
• Valley Health, which operates hospitals in Winchester, Woodstock and Front Royal, will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for employees. Other large hospital systems are still weighing whether to make the shots mandatory.—Winchester Star, Virginian-Pilot
• “Parents in Virginia’s largest school district say they have collected enough signatures to file a recall petition against a Fairfax County School Board member over her handling of school reopening during the pandemic.”—Washington Post
• Officials in Richmond have restarted discussions over a more than decade-old plan to develop a museum to enslaved Africans.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• No charges will be filed in a collision earlier this year between two state troopers who struck each other during a pursuit.—Roanoke Times
• Zina, a southern white rhinoceros at the Virginia Zoo, gave birth to her first child. Staff described the 125-pound baby boy as curious and strong.—Virginian-Pilot
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