Halt on Lee Monument removal extended, Farmville takes down Confederate statue, still no start date for Phase 3 reopening, and more headlines

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• A Richmond Circuit Court judge extended an injunction blocking Gov. Ralph Northam from removing the Lee Monument while a descendant of the family that originally deeded the property to the state re-files his legal challenge. “I want Mr. Blackburn to have another shot at it,” the judge said.—Associated Press

• Workers removed a seven-foot-tall Confederate statue in downtown Farmville hours after the town council voted to move it to storage while they decide where it should be relocated.—The Farmville Herald

• Northam said it will be at least a week until the state moves into Phase 3 of his reopening plan, under which “restaurants and non-essential retail stores would no longer have to limit indoor capacity to 50% of what their space can hold, but would still have to keep customers six feet apart. Gyms could go from 30% capacity to 75%, and social gatherings of up to 250 people would be allowed.”—Associated Press

• “As Virginia crept back to life in recent weeks, essentially all important coronavirus metrics in the state trended the right direction — buoying hopes the state can continue easing restrictions on businesses and residents.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• A large portion of Northam’s Thursday briefing was conducted in Spanish as state and local officials addressed members of the Latino community, which has been particularly hard hit by the virus.—NBC4

• “Richmond’s new interim police chief on Thursday vowed to ‘get the city back’ after weeks of civil unrest stemming from protests of police brutality.” He declined to answer questions about the time he fatally shot a man in the back in 2002.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Loudoun County treasurer is facing calls to resign after posting a joke mocking a decision by Quaker Oats to retire its Aunt Jemima pancake brand.—The Washington Post

• “A charter boat operator died Thursday after trying to rescue a sea turtle that was entangled in a rope at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.”—The Virginian-Pilot

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