Tobacco commission’s ‘questionable’ deals, policing models being revamped to include counselors, Mountain Valley stop-work order lifted, and more headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• The special session that began almost two months ago is still going, but a possible budget deal this week could be the beginning of the end.—Washington Post

• The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, created to oversee Virginia’s share of the national tobacco settlement, often struggles to get its money back after getting involved in “questionable business deals.”—Associated Press

• State legislators and local officials across Virginia are trying to revamp their policing models to make trained counselors available to respond to calls involving mental illness.—Roanoke Times

• Citing the George Floyd case, Loudoun County’s prosecutor dropped charges filed against a Black driver who was punched by police during an attempted search of his vehicle. Nothing illegal was found.—Washington Post

• The Charlottesville area’s Thomas Jefferson Health District is changing its name as of 2021 to distance itself from the slave-owning founding father.—Daily Progress

• Federal regulators gave the Mountain Valley Pipeline another two years and allowed the project to resume by lifting a stop-work order.—Roanoke Times

• A Richmond judge fined House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn $500 for an inadequate response to a FOIA request seeking information about her decision to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol.—WTVR

• An online fundraiser meant to cover the $1.8 million cost of moving Richmond’s Confederate statues brought in $45,000.—Richmond BizSense

• The Prince William County teachers’ union apologized after some of its members used child-sized coffins as props at a protest against reopening schools.—Associated Press

• Today is the first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Virginia, thanks to a proclamation from Gov. Ralph Northam.—NBC12

• The rainy summer could lead to more vivid fall leaf colors, according to Virginia tree experts.—WTOP

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