Charlottesville council votes to remove Confederate statutes, Richmond Lee statue case before Supreme Court of Va., Botetourt wind farm fate uncertain, and more headlines

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• After a long court battle, the Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to remove a pair of Confederate statues from the city’s parks.—Daily Progress

• Justices on the Supreme Court of Virginia asked no questions during a hearing on the potential removal of the state-owned Robert E. Lee statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue.—Washington Post

• A judge ordered the reinstatement of a Loudoun County teacher suspended for saying he opposed a policy requiring him to use transgender students’ preferred names and pronouns.—Washington Post

• A grassroots advocacy group in Richmond is distributing “micro grants” to Virginians waiting for their unemployment claims to be resolved.—VICE News

• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is “publicly advocating for a casino in South Richmond after receiving $20,000 in political donations from a recently formed organization that includes an investor in the development project.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The fate of a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County may hinge on whether a zoning permit deadline was or wasn’t extended as part of the General Assembly’s COVID-19 response.—Roanoke Times

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