Confederate statues removed in Charlottesville, local governments receive $2.9 billion in federal aid, animal shelters see uptick in surrenders, and more headlines
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• Crews removed two Confederate statues in Charlottesville that had become a gathering point for racist protests and violence. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything more beautiful,” a community activist said of the empty pedestal that used to hold up the statue of Robert E. Lee. “It brings things back into perspective.”—Daily Progress
• “Only 17 people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus have died of the disease statewide since January, according to the Virginia Department of Health.”—Virginian-Pilot
• Local governments around the state are beginning talks about how to spend $2.9 billion in federal aid, with priorities ranging from shoring up budget deficits to upgrading water and sewer systems to expanding broadband.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• “What is critical race theory? And why has it received so much attention in Virginia?”—Virginian-Pilot
• A new state park in Gloucester County is dedicated to honoring Native Americans and their history in the area.—Washington Post
• Managers of a Volvo truck plant in Pulaski County say it will reopen despite being unable to reach an agreement with its workers to end a strike that began in early June.—Roanoke Times
• Roger Trenton Davis, who in 1974 was sentenced to 40 years in prison for marijuana possession, says his mission now that the drug is legal is “to make sure the Black people of Virginia don’t get f—ed out of an opportunity.”—Roanoke Times
• Local animal shelters saw a surge in adoptions during the pandemic but now that life is returning to normal, they say they’re contending with an increase in surrenders.—Danville Register & Bee
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