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Chaos at Loudoun School Board meeting over transgender policy, a time capsule in Richmond’s Lee statue, descendants of slaves to have a voice in Montpelier governance, and more headlines

By: - June 23, 2021 8:03 am
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  • A Loudoun County School Board meeting on a new policy for transgender students got so chaotic that public comment was shut down early and one person was arrested.—NBC Washington 
  • A 134-year-old time capsule is hidden inside the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond. As Gov. Ralph Northam pushes to take the statue down, his administration is planning to remove the capsule and replace it with a new one.—Associated Press
  • “In a breakthrough culminating nearly 30 years of work at James Madison’s Montpelier, descendants of enslaved persons at a major national historic site for the first time will be co-equals in governing the place that held their ancestors in bondage.”—Culpeper Star-Exponent
  • U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger is proposing $180 per week “transition payments” to incentivize people to return to work, a compromise between those who don’t want extra help for the unemployed to go away too abruptly and businesses that say they’re struggling to find workers.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Staff at the University of Virginia will have to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning in the fall or face weekly testing for the virus.—Daily Progress
  • More than 4,600 voters signed a longshot petition attempting to recall Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas for “misuse of office” over her role in a protest last year against Portsmouth’s Confederate monument.—13News Now
  • Police shot and killed a man who took two hostages Tuesday at a convenience store in the Shenandoah Valley.—Daily News-Record
  • Three cows wandered onto the train tracks in Bluefield, stopping Norfolk Southern trains for several hours.—Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  • A southern Maryland man says he captured and killed an 8-foot alligator he spotted in a pond near the Chesapeake Bay. He says he learned his alligator-trapping skills from watching “Swamp People” and felt he had to kill it “so no kids or dogs would get hurt.”—Washington Post

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]