Northam drops another appearance; Mayor Pete to appear at state Democratic gala; Hemp flowers make for confusing interactions with police and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam dropped plans to speak at Virginia Military Institute’s commencement ceremony next month. “In order to ensure that commencements remain focused on celebrating graduates, their families, and their achievements, the governor has decided he will not participate in any ceremonies this spring,” a spokeswoman said. – The Roanoke Times

• The Radford Army Ammunition Plant, the state’s biggest polluter according to state officials, has secured funding for an incinerator that will allow the operation to stop burning waste munitions in open pits. – The Roanoke Times

• Arlington County, which plans to ask the Commonwealth Transportation Board to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway, has seen little opposition to removing the Confederate president’s name. – InsideNoVa

• Leaders in Richmond are still trying to figure out how to use $19 million in funding set aside by former Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2012 to memorialize the city’s role as a slave-trading hub. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, will speak at the state Democratic party’s annual fundraiser in June. – The Washington Post

• Downtown Lynchburg is doing great according to local merchants. – The News & Advance

• Now that hemp is legal, shops are selling hemp flowers, which look and smell exactly like marijuana, leading to confusing encounters with police. – C-VILLE

• The mayor of Front Royal says charges that he was soliciting prostitution are a big mix up and that he was just at the wrong massage parlor at the wrong time. – WRC-TV

• Three people were killed by falling trees during storms and gusty weather Monday – two in separate incidents in Stafford County and one in Henrico County where a tree struck and killed a woman driving a Toyota Camry. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• What should you do if you drive off a bridge into the Chesapeake Bay? Authorities have a few tips. – The Virginian-Pilot

• It’s strawberry season. – The Virginian-Pilot

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