Suspension inequities; Draw-your-own legislative districts; Virginia witches talk craft and more headlines

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Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

—A new report shows that black students in Virginia are suspended at rates that are 4.5 times higher than white students. “Black students are being disciplined more harshly than their white peers,” a policy coordinator said. —WVTF

—Under new federal tax law, Virginia could stand to lose $370 million in income tax revenue if the state allows residents to file deductions differently on state and federal tax returns. —Richmond Times-Dispatch

—Radford is getting in on the economic incentives game and hopes to lure new businesses to the city with real estate tax reimbursements. —The Roanoke Times

—A historic trust has purchased 276 acres in and around the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park for $1.81 million. Some of the final scenes of the Civil War battle took place on the land, before Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. —The News & Advance

—Corey Stewart has released his first television ad of his campaign, which targets immigration. Tim Kaine, meanwhile, has run 10 different ads since August. —WVTF

—An appointed expert will develop the new legislative districts for Virginia, but even you might be able to draw your own map. —The Daily Press

—Though Virginia has recently allowed companies to produce CBD oil in the state, two law enforcement officers in Henry County and Martinsville have responded to the idea of legalizing marijuana with a firm, “No,” calling the drug “Pandora’s box.” —Martinsville Bulletin

—Bluestone Resources, a coal mining company, is adding 290 new jobs in Wise County, Kentucky and West Virginia. — Associated Press

—Abbie Arevalo-Herrera continues to live in a Richmond church for fear of being deported and returned to an abusive ex-husband in Honduras. “I would like people to keep in mind that, if we’re coming to this country, it’s because we are truly suffering in our own countries,” she said. — The New Yorker

—With 250,000 visitors, Virginia’s state fair had its highest attendance since 2011 this year, an uptick the owner attributes to good weather and improvements to the annual event. —The Free Lance-Star

—As the season of the witch approaches, some Virginia witches dispel myths about their craft. —Staunton News Leader

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Katie O'Connor
Katie, a Manassas native, has covered health care, commercial real estate, law, agriculture and tourism for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond BizSense and the Northern Virginia Daily. Last year, she was named an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Health Journalism Fellow, a program to aid journalists in making national health stories local and using data in their reporting. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of The Flat Hat, the college paper, and editor-in-chief of The Gallery, the college’s literary magazine.