Richmond Lee statue trial set for October, Hampton Roads nursing homes ease restrictions, brighter Metro stations, and more headlines

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• Jerry Falwell Jr. is characterizing his resignation from Liberty University as a relief. “The quote that keeps going through my mind this morning is Martin Luther King Jr: ‘Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I’m free at last,'” he said.—News & Advance

• Though he’s leaving under a cloud of scandal, Falwell could get $10.5 million from Liberty because he hasn’t officially been found guilty of wrongdoing.—Washington Post

• The lawsuit blocking the removal of Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue will go to trial in October after a judge declined to dismiss it altogether.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•  An anonymous plaintiff is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to order Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to restore the city’s other Confederate statues, arguing the mayor lacked the authority to remove them this summer.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Caroline County officials voted unanimously to remove a Confederate statue from a courthouse lawn. “That statue has value,” said one county supervisor. “But that statue has value in the right location.”—Free Lance-Star

• Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands told his Board of Visitors the institution will survive “inevitable outbreaks” of COVID-19 and any financial hit from the pandemic.—Roanoke Times

• The University of Lynchburg said its classes would remain online until Sept. 2 after seeing 30 new COVID-19 cases in a week.—News & Advance

• Harrisonburg police say they didn’t see a big partying problem during JMU’s move-in weekend. “So far, so good,” said Sgt. Scott Drugo.—Daily News-Record

• Nursing homes in the Hampton Roads area are trying to let residents “move around a bit more” as the COVID-19 crisis continues.—Daily Press

• A Northern Virginia man pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges after creating phony applications for $1.4 million in Paycheck Protection Program money.—Associated Press

•  New LED lighting has made the Washington Metro’s underground stations about 10 times brighter.—WTOP

• The remnants of Hurricane Laura could bring heavy rain to Virginia this weekend.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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