Opponents of Lee statue removal ask for all monuments to be put back, a Portsmouth schools reopening vote, Barbara Johns statue, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, in his bid to become the next attorney general, snubbing sitting Democratic AG Mark Herring, who is seeking re-election. “It is time for a new generation of leaders to take the reins,” Northam said in a statement.—Washington Post

• The plaintiffs fighting the removal of the Lee statue in Richmond are asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to order city leaders to put back Confederate monuments taken down over the summer.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• With a vote by leaders in Portsmouth to reopen schools in mid-April, all Virginia school districts now have plans to return to in-person learning. “We can not be the only school district in the state of Virginia and Hampton Roads that doesn’t try to get their students back.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Del. Clint Jenkins, D-Suffolk, announced he was flipping his endorsement for governor from Jennifer Carroll Foy to Terry McAuliffe, prompting Foy’s campaign to go public with allegations Jenkins only switched in response to threats from McAuliffe’s campaign. Jenkins and McAuliffe denied the accusations.—Virginia Scope

• Former Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson announced she’s running for governor, joining a crowded GOP nominating contest.—Roanoke Times

• “The man who shot a security guard last month while attacking the Social Security Administration building in Norfolk died Wednesday in a local hospital.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Adjunct professors at Virginia Commonwealth University staged a demonstration demanding a pay increase.—VPM

• “Barbara Johns’ family is urging the state to use a photo of the teenage civil rights pioneer in her high school cap and gown as the basis of her statue in the U.S. Capitol.”—Free Lance-Star

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