Charlottesville will remove statue of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea; Del. Todd Gilbert will lead House Republicans and more headlines

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• The Charlottesville City Council voted to remove a statue of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea that depicts Sacagawea cowering behind the men’s feet. One of her descendants called it the worst depiction she had ever seen.—C-VILLE

• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney billed a $1,000 personal hotel stay on a city-issued credit card when he extended his trip to a mayors’ conference in Hawaii this summer. He reimbursed the city after a resident submitted a Freedom of Information Request for his travel records.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• VCU Health System is facing scrutiny for taking hundreds of low-income patients to court to take away their right to make medical decisions for themselves. “This process, which frees up hospital beds at VCU Health System and saves thousands in uncompensated costs, often results in sick, elderly or disabled patients being placed in poorly rated nursing homes, sometimes against the wishes of their own family members.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• House Republicans chose Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, to serve as their minority leader.—WTVR

• “Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, defended the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Saturday during a town hall meeting in Henrico County in which a Trump supporter sparred with her over constitutional authority.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Prince William County’s outgoing chairman, Corey Stewart, was known for “targeting undocumented immigrants, championing Confederate monuments and embracing a Trump-like caustic style.” A newly elected Democratic majority on the board says the plan to rethink cooperation with ICE, and approach “funding for schools, transportation and other services through a lens of social and racial equity.”—The Washington Post

• Eight more miles of toll lanes opened on Interstate 395 in Northern Virginia. Tolls could reach $30 during the morning rush, but the lanes are free for vehicles with three or more passengers.—The Washington Post

• UVA’s president backed off a decision to nix a 21-gun salute from the campus’ annual Veterans Day program. He had said he didn’t want to disrupt classes and was also concerned about “firing weapons on the Grounds in light of gun violence that has happened across our nation.”—The Daily Progress

• Police in Richmond have begun using drones during SWAT raids and searches.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia’s largest (and only?) soy sauce producer expanded its factory in Henrico, doubling its production capacity. They specialize in tamari, which they say benefits from the humid climate.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Greene County’s commonwealth attorney is dropping a felony theft case he brought against a county supervisor for allegedly harvesting hay on county property and selling it for a profit. Both men lost reelection bids earlier this month.—Greene County Record

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