Man dressed as a Union soldier stands before Confederate statue; candy expansion in Stuarts Draft; exotic cat still on the loose in Virginia Beach and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is being sued by a former disabled employee alleging discrimination. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A North Carolina man dressed as a Union soldier spent hours standing in front of the Confederate statue in Charlottesville that became a rallying point for white supremacists. He said it was part of a multi-state campaign to combat civil war myths seeded by groups like the Daughters of the Confederacy. – WVTF

• Charlottesville’s tourism bureau launched a new ad campaign: “More to C.” The agency said it’s a reference to the region being about more “than wines, weddings and what you saw on the news.” – The Daily Progress

• Hershey announced a $104 million expansion of its operations in Stuarts Draft, with a focus on boosting the company’s roasted peanut output. The local plant currently makes Mr. Goodbars, Almond Joys and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. – Daily News-Record

• Volunteers are pouring through historical records to document the stories and lives of enslaved workers who built Fort Monroe. – Daily Press

• Despite city intervention, a broken-down, 10-story hotel that marks the I-95 exit to Petersburg remains a frustrating eyesore for local leaders. – The Progress-Index

• Richmond’s new director of public housing vowed to “expeditiously” redevelop the city’s 4,000 decaying public housing units: “It is not going to be pretty, it’s not going to be sexy, it’s not going to be glamorous.” – Richmond Free Press

• A federal judge approved a plan that includes firefighters and the potential for tree removal to get a 900-pound defendant in a cocaine conspiracy case to court in Richmond. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The exotic cat that escaped its owner in the Outer Banks and fled to Virginia Beach is still on the loose, spotted dozens of times in the area. “He seems to like wild food better than the sliced up chicken we put in the traps.” – The Virginian-Pilot

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