Congressional representatives want Virginia included in hemp insurance program; Artwork about Richmond’s monuments debuts in Times Square and more headlines

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• Republican leaders in the General Assembly are accusing Gov. Ralph Northam of breaking a deal they made to expand Medicaid last year after Northam told the Trump administration “that Virginia’s commitment to the work requirement depends on the federal government paying for services to help people find jobs.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Police are investigating after a black student at a private school in Fairfax reported that three white classmates held her down and cut off pieces of her dreadlocks. “They were saying my hair was nappy and I was ugly and I shouldn’t have been born.” – The Washington Post

• Community college enrollment has fallen 17 percent statewide over the past five years. Administrators blame a booming economy. – The Daily Press

• A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers from Virginia want Virginia included in a crop insurance program for hemp plants. Currently, production of the plant is considered risky because it’s expensive to grow, and farmers have no recourse against mishaps like flood or drought. – The Roanoke Times

• Hemp farmers are also facing another problem: theft of the plant, which looks exactly like marijuana. Police in Greensville County made two arrests after staking out a field where would-be thieves had fired shots at a farmer who confronted them over the weekend. – WTVR

• Artist Kehinde Wiley is unveiling a massive new sculpture he designed in response to Richmond’s Confederate monuments in Times Square today. It will move to its permanent home in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in December. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Spotsylvania County is unveiling a new Civil War marker today near the spot where Stonewall Jackson’s left arm was amputated after he was shot by his troops. – The Free Lance-Star

• Pumpkins are now one of the state’s top agricultural products. – Associated Press

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Sarah Vogelsong
Sarah covers environment and energy for the Mercury. Originally from McLean, she has spent over a decade in journalism and academic publishing. Most recently she covered environmental issues in Central Virginia for Chesapeake Bay Journal, and she has also written for the Progress-Index, the Caroline Progress, and multiple regional publications. In 2017, she was honored as one of Gatehouse’s Feature Writers of the Year, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Virginia Press Association. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary.