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Hampton police file charges against BLM protester, school districts grapple with fall reopening, a rogue python in Amherst, and more headlines

By: - July 15, 2020 8:01 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• The Hanover County School Board, which had been a holdout, voted to rename two schools named for Confederate leaders.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Rep. Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Southwest Virginia, tested positive for COVID-19. His advice? “I think people should wear a mask.”—Roanoke Times

• An employee of the Bon Air Juvenile Detention Center has been charged with helping two inmates escape, one a convicted murderer.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Hampton police filed charges against a local Black Lives Matter leader over a protest that blocked traffic.—Virginian-Pilot

• The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has sued state elections officials to try to block Republican congressional candidates Nick Freitas and Bob Good from appearing on ballots due to missed filing deadlines.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The mystery of where Richmond’s Confederate statues went after they were taken down appears to be solved. Photos show they’re being kept at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.—Associated Press

• The Williamsburg City Council voted unanimously to remove a 20-foot-tall Confederate monument from a public park.—Virginia Gazette

• Norfolk says it will spend $1 million to boost police training and its response to mentally ill residents.—Virginian-Pilot

• Almost 20 Virginia localities, most of them rural, have taken advantage of a federal program that sends unneeded military gear to local law enforcement agencies.—VPM

• A “defund the police” rally outside a Prince William government building ended with a scuffle and four arrests after a man approached the group and said: “I hope you and your family get shot.”—Prince William Times

• The Newport News City Council voted to ban openly carried guns on city property, the latest locality to take advantage of a new state law giving them that power.—Daily Press

• Some Virginia school districts are planning for an all-virtual-instruction fall. Others are opting for some in-person days. Others are still grappling with the question.—NBC12Inside NovaFauquier NowRoanoke Times

• Front Royal has created a new, separate economic development authority amid a lawsuit over an “allegedly vast embezzlement scheme” that may have cost the town $20 million.—Northern Virginia Daily

• An Amherst deputy caught a 6-and-a-half-foot python that showed up at someone’s door. Authorities said they might charge its owner for allegedly releasing it into the woods.—News & Advance

• The Virginia lake that starred in “Dirty Dancing” is filling back up with water after going dry for more than a decade.—CNN

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]