Northam wants Confederate arch taken down at Fort Monroe; FBI is investigating claims of racism in Portsmouth’s police department; Richmond man charged for stealing cooking grease and more headlines

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• Chesterfield’s chief of police announced he fired an officer after an investigation into accusations that he held a leadership position in a white supremacist organization. The Capitol Police announced a similar move yesterday, making it the second time in two days a Richmond-area officer has been terminated following allegations of racist affiliations. — Chesterfield Observer

• Gov. Ralph Northam asked the state board that oversees Fort Monroe, a historic decommissioned military base in Hampton, to remove a large arch honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis that was erected in 1956. “It’s not a coincidence this was put up the same year … of Virginia’s massive resistance,” said Northam’s chief of staff. – Daily Press

• The finance director of Northam’s PAC left after the governor’s black face admission to take a job with House Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A federal audit confirmed Richmond residents’ suspicions that mail delivery isn’t always so great in the city, documenting delayed deliveries and poorly handled complaints in 1 out of 5 delivery units. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Northern Virginia woman whose mother-in-law was killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue attack has a plan to reduce anti-Semitism by extending thousands of invites to Passover Seders across the country.  – The Washington Post

• A white Portsmouth police officer charged with shooting a black suspect running from a burglary scene wants the case moved to another jurisdiction, in part because of the former police chief’s allegations of systemic racism within the department. Prosecutors argue the media coverage “is not inherently prejudicial unless it is unfair or inaccurate.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• The FBI is investigating claims of systemic racism in the Portsmouth police department made by the agency’s ousted chief. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A man who accused retiring Southwest Virginia Sen. Bill Carrico of attempting to hand pick his successor by only announcing his retirement after the filing deadline to run as a Republican to replace him says he’s dropping out of the GOP’s nominating contest to run as an independent. – The Roanoke Times

• The CEO of the company that owns Appalachian Power Co. say it’s working to source more energy from renewable sources but said it will likely take longer than environmental activists want. He spoke at an energy conference in Roanoke, which prompted protests by opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. – The Roanoke Times

• After a racist threat shut down Charlottesville Public Schools for two days, officials announced a $300 reward “to incentivize students and others to share information about potential threats.” – The Daily Progress

• The National Weather Service says there’s a risk of severe storms around the state today. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Richmond man was charged in a string of thefts that targeted used cooking grease in Northern Virginia. The fry oil can be converted into bio-fuel. “You can make $10,000 in a night.” – The Washington Post

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