Richmond judge to review Lee monument injunction, Arthur Ashe memorial graffitied, Prince William County ends ICE cooperation, and more headlines

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• “A Richmond Circuit Court Judge will decide Thursday whether to extend a court order that’s preventing the state from removing the Robert E. Lee monument. The lawsuit is the first of three complaints filed to stop the removal of the monument.”—VPM

• In an interview with NBC Nightly News, Gov. Ralph Northam said, “There’s been an awakening of really what Black oppression is. A lot of people that look like me have learned a lot, have listened, have seen the pain that is in this country, that is in Virginia in the last few weeks.”—NBC News

• Someone spray-painted “White lives matter” on a statue of tennis great Arthur Ashe on Monument Avenue, the only Black person honored on the street. Neighborhood residents scrubbed the graffiti off within a few hours.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Prince William County is ending a cooperation agreement with federal immigration authorities that transferred 2,639 jail inmates into ICE custody since 2017. The decision leaves Culpeper County as the only municipality in the state with an active 287(g) contract with ICE.—Prince William Times

• “Norfolk, which has more schools named for Confederates than any other locality in the state, will consider renaming its three schools that honor secessionists.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s political allies criticized protesters for rallying outside his apartment building on Wednesday night. A group of about two dozen entered the lobby briefly and the outside of the building was covered in graffiti. “The invasion on the mayor’s residence is so troubling to me,” said Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond.—WTVR

• “A federal inspector’s report stating that a steer was inhumanely shot six times at a Washington County meat processing facility led to an investigation, authorities said, as the business said it is working to ensure it does not happen again.”—Bristol Herald Courier

• “The State Corporation Commission approved a second area code — 826 — for a region that includes the New River and Roanoke valleys and a swath of Western Virginia that stretches north to Winchester. According to the SCC, the region will exhaust its available numbers with a 540 prefix sometime in 2022.”—The Roanoke Times

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