Only one Confederate standing on Monument Ave, Mountain Valley Pipeline fate uncertain, no UFOs over Martinsville, and more headlines

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• A statue of Confederate cavalry commander J.E.B Stuart was removed in Richmond, leaving Robert E. Lee as the last Confederate standing on Monument Avenue.—Washington Post

• Four years after another inmate confessed to the killing he was convicted of as a teenager in 1996, Rojai Fentress was freed from the Augusta Correctional Center via a conditional pardon by Gov. Ralph Northam. Fentress spent 24 years in prison.—News Leader

• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead, but the fate of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which was being built through Southwest Virginia before work was halted, is still up in the air.—Roanoke Times

• In updated guidelines for reopening public schools, the state now says students can be 3 feet apart instead of 6 feet.—Daily Press

• Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Roanoke gym owner accused of violating COVID-19 shutdown orders. “I think today was a good message for the small business owners who are fighting to stay afloat,” his lawyer said.—Roanoke Times

• Gov. Ralph Northam wants schools to drop Confederate names and mascots, telling education leaders they have a “traumatizing impact.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Winchester is considering changing the name of Jubal Early Drive, named for the Confederate general who Robert E. Lee called his “bad old man” and who historians say helped lay the groundwork for the Lost Cause.—Winchester Star

• JMU’s Board of Visitors voted unanimously to rename three buildings that honored Confederate leaders—Daily News-Record

• A rash of “celebratory gunfire” in Virginia Beach sent bullets within inches of children’s beds.—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Tech and UVA football fans are stuck in limbo, unsure if games will be played this fall and hesitant to go if they are. “It will be kind of different trying to fill the weekends,” said one UVA ticket holder.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• UFOs over Martinsville? Not quite.—Martinsville Bulletin

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