Northam cancels fundraiser appearance because of safety concerns; Tech names building for the slaves who worked in it; Roanoke police chief signs off on needle exchange program; and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam dropped his plans to appear at a fundraiser for Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, after protesters assembled outside the event. Northam’s spokeswoman said he cancelled “due to concerns for the safety and security of everyone in attendance.” – The Washington Post

• Three of the state’s biggest companies didn’t pay any federal income tax this year: Dominion Energy, Performance Food Group and Gannett. – Virginia Business

• Black residents in Charlottesville were five times more likely to be arrested than any other race despite representing only 19 percent of the population. – The Daily Progress

• In Richmond, data shows black residents account for 65 percent of police stops despite representing just half the city’s total population. – WVTF

• Citing concerns about spying and malicious software, Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have agreed to legislation that aims to stop Metro from purchasing new rail cars from China.  A lobbyist for China’s railcar company called the situation “ludicrous.” – The Washington Post

• A police association accused the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries of running a disorganized HR department that loses paperwork, doesn’t answer questions about benefits and overpays supervisors. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• UVA’s national championship win raises the possibility of a potentially contentious conversation: if invited to the White House, would the team attend? So far, team officials aren’t saying. – The Daily Progress

• State officials working to get more local foods in school lunch programs have doubled purchases by school districts from nearby farms from $7.7 million to $15.4 million. They hope to get that figure to $22 million by 2022. – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Advocates in Richmond have mounted a second legal effort to remove a city councilman from office who moved out of the district he represents. – Richmond Free Press

• After resisting the program for more than a year, Roanoke’s police chief signed off on a plan to open a needle exchange program for heroin addicts in the city. – The Roanoke Times

• Virginia Tech named the second-oldest building on campus for the enslaved family who lived and worked around it. It’s the second building named for African Americans on campus. – The Roanoke Times

• Tree pollen counts in metro Richmond peaked Friday, hitting their fifth highest levels since 1988.  – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A video Norfolk Police Department made of its officers lip-syncing to “Uptown Funk” will be featured on a CBS show dedicated to first responders lip syncing. – The Virginian-Pilot

• People keep spotting cougars in Virginia even though the federal government officially considers them extinct. – The Roanoke Times

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