Federal judge says Gloucester school board’s policy discriminated against transgender student; Charlottesville marked second anniversary of white supremacist rally; fire ants are still biting and more headlines

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• “A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday that a school board’s transgender bathroom ban discriminated against a former student, Gavin Grimm, the latest in a string of decisions nationwide that favor transgender students who faced similar policies.” – Associated Press

• Demographic changes that have reduced Republicans’ political influence in Virginia are expected to continue. The state’s 10 biggest cities and counties are projected to grow by 800,000 people over the next 20 years. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Two years after white supremacists rallied around a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, it’s still standing, mired in a lawsuit challenging plans to remove the symbol of the city’s Jim Crow past. – The Washington Post

• Charlottesville marked the second anniversary of the rally with music from two dozen trombone players, who performed “a selection of songs in a celebration of resonance and harmony.” – The Daily Progress

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s book on the rally is plagued by errors and a lack of context. – The Daily Progress

• About 30,000 drivers have automatically had their licenses restored under a new law ending suspensions for unpaid fines and court costs, but just 8,000 people who needed to take steps to get their licenses back – such as getting a new photo taken – have done so. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• U.S. Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria are members of their own ‘squad’ of moderate, national-security focused members of congress. – Associated Press

• Bettors pumped $142.8 million into Colonial Downs’ horse slots last month, much of it at the track’s new Richmond casino, which took in $71 million. “I’m not going to lie, it’s one of the hottest tickets in Richmond.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• While some cities don’t enforce curfew laws, Richmond does, and nearly all of the juveniles stopped for violations are black, raising questions about disproportionate enforcement. – WVTF

• Officials in Franklin County refuse to say how much money they spent to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against a former top building official. – The Roanoke Times

• For the second time in two years, someone placed dozens of old television sets on front porches throughout a Henrico County subdivision. Police say it’s weird but there’s no reason to be alarmed. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• It’s the 30th anniversary of the discovery of fire ants in Virginia “and the chances of getting attacked … are better than ever.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Hampton Roads is home to more Guy Fieri-branded restaurants and offshoots than anywhere else in the country. How do they taste? Like “a mix of adventure and tongue-in-cheek irony that is perhaps best called ‘fun.’” – The Virginian-Pilot

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