SCOVA clears statue removal in Charlottesville, Dominion requests more profits, Kentucky Fried…cannabis, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Overturning a lower decision, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Charlottesville can take down its Confederate statues because the state’s former law seemingly banning their removal didn’t apply retroactively to statues put up before 1997.—Daily Progress

• Gov. Ralph Northam wants to use the money saved from eliminating coal tax credits to invest in University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a signal Democrats are keeping resources in Southwest Virginia.—Roanoke Times

• “Touting its reliable service and safety record, Dominion Energy filed an application to state regulators Wednesday asking for a large increase in profit.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Most of the Hampton Roads area’s trash is burned to create energy for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. With the shipyard now building its own energy plant, all that waste will soon be going elsewhere.—Virginian-Pilot

• A lawsuit taking aim at religious exemptions in higher education claims Liberty University encourages conversion therapy as a remedy for students who “accept responsibility for violating school policies.”—News & Advance

• Virginians wagered a total of $265 million in the state’s first month of legalized sports betting.—Virginia Business

• Hulu is producing a documentary series about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia based on the New York Times’ “1619 Project.”—Associated Press

• A video camera captured a deer smashing through the window of a Powhatan County school bus and landing on a student.—Powhatan Today

• A Richmond-area medical cannabis company is opening a drive-through dispensary in a former KFC.—Richmond BizSense

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