Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to boycott Jamestown event where Trump speaks; Board of Education limits use of seclusion and restraints in school; possibly the last video rental store is closing and more headlines

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• Donald Trump is scheduled to speak today during a Joint Commemorative Session at the Jamestown Settlement from 10 a.m. to noon. Northam is scheduled to speak at a separate event beginning at 7:30 a.m. Events are scheduled to be livestreamed here.

• The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus announced all of its members would boycott the Jamestown events, saying in a statement, “those who have chosen to attend and remain silent are complicit in the atrocities that he incites.” Some Democrats are attending, including Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Del. Danica Roem, who said she “planned to bring as her guest a black transgender woman who is a health-care advocate.” – The Washington Post

• After a higher-level GOP committee declined to censure Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-5th District, for officiating a same-sex marriage, the local committee in Cumberland County took action, unanimously passing a motion of no confidence. – The Roanoke Times

• Leaders in Prince William County stuck with school boundary plans challenged by students for continuing to segregate schools based on race and class. Instead officials promised to increase spending at older schools and establish new specialty programs. “We won in a much greater way,” said one student. – The Washington Post

• A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Hanover that holds combat simulations is under fire from neighbors, who don’t like all the noise from machine guns firing blanks. Post leaders don’t see a problem. “This is VFW property. We can’t celebrate two days a year and cause a ruckus?” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Charlottesville judge dismissed a disorderly conduct charge against a French teacher who tackled Jason Kessler, the man who organized the deadly white supremacist rally in 2017. – The Daily Progress

• The Virginia Board of Education voted to limit the use of seclusion and restraints on students in public schools. – WCVE

• A Virginia Beach School Board member is facing criticism from her colleagues for posting too much on Facebook. – The Virginian-Pilot

• The president of the Fairfax NAACP is stepping down from his post after text messages surfaced in which he called his predecessor the n-word. – The Washington Post

• Richmond’s NPR and PBS affiliate, WCVE, is changing its name from Community Idea Stations to VPM, which stands for Virginia’s home for Public Media. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• What may be the last video rental store of its size on the East Coast is closing. Naro Video in Norfolk had been operating as a nonprofit since 2016, but a board member said “it didn’t transfer into long-term sustainability.” – The Virginian-Pilot

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