Democrats to push big police reforms, a memorial to the enslaved in Richmond, Blacksburg economy braces for loss of Tech football, and more headlines

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• George Floyd’s relatives visited Richmond to view a hologram memorial created in his honor and displayed at the Robert E. Lee statue. “Right now, right here, this is a beautiful scene,” said one of his brothers.—Washington Post 

• A VCU employee who had to clean up after the weekend’s destruction in Richmond questioned what good it served. “I just don’t understand what they trying to do,” he said. “This is no answer to it. I understand the protest but damaging buildings and people’s homes that ain’t the answer.”—WRIC 

• After a long fight for police reform, Virginia Democrats are hoping to make some major policy changes at next month’s special session.—Daily Press

• The stories of two coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes, one with 22 deaths and the other with zero, show how “rigorous infection control measures, rapid emergency response, and adequate staffing can make the difference between living and dying.”—VPM

• Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul says he’s recovering after testing positive for COVID-19. He traced his case back to a family vacation and urged others to “please be mindful.”—Roanoke Times

•  Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced a commitment to spend $3.5 million to get the ball rolling on a major commemoration of Shockoe Bottom’s role in the domestic slave trade.—Associated Press

• The potential loss of Virginia Tech football games could blow a $70 million hole in the Blacksburg-area economy, according to the local chamber of commerce.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Portsmouth City Council voted unanimously to remove the city’s damaged Confederate monument.—Virginian-Pilot

• Charlottesville is considering an honorary street name in its downtown area in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement.—Daily Progress

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