More schools opt for remote learning this fall, new Va. law could make police unions more powerful, state fair cancelled, and more headlines

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• Henrico, Petersburg and Hopewell joined a growing number of school districts around the state to ditch in-person classes when the school year begins. Virginia Beach’s superintendent recommended his district follow a similar course. — Richmond Times-Dispatch; The Progress-Index; The Virginian-Pilot

• “Police unions around Virginia could use a new state law to become more powerful than ever — even as people around the country cry out for the kinds of reforms police unions often oppose. The law, which goes into effect next May, allows cities and towns to give unions representing public employees the opportunity to collectively bargain.” — The Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond Judge Reilly Marchant heard arguments in a lawsuit seeking to block Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a massive state-owned statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The plaintiff called Northam “tyrannical” and the Attorney General’s office called the plaintiff a “heckler.” Marchant said he plans to issue a written opinion in about a week. — Associated Press

• A monument to Lee across from City Hall in Roanoke was toppled. The city was in the process of removing the memorial through a legal process approved by the General Assembly earlier this year. — The Roanoke Times

• Virginia Beach City Council voted to remove a Confederate monument near the city’s municipal center. — The Virginian-Pilot

• The Fairfax County School Board voted to remove “the name of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from one of its high schools in favor of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.” — Associated Press

• “Hanover County Supervisor Canova Peterson has asked the county’s School Board to reconsider removing Confederate names from two schools, calling a vote to do so last week a ‘complete failure of leadership.’” — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• HuffPost profiled Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell, writing that under his watch “Dominion has become a national symbol of how political corruption and monopoly power can undercut efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.” — HuffPost

• Washington’s NFL team announced that its new name for the 2020 season will be the Washington Football Team. They plan to pick a permanent replacement name later. — The Washington Post

• The state fair is cancelled for the first time since World War II. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

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