Virginia marks arrival of first slaves; Judge blocks Blackjewel from shipping coal; Metro bus drivers authorize a strike and more headlines

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• Church bells around the country rang for four minutes Sunday to mark the 1619 arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Virginia. – The Virginian-Pilot

• At an early morning ceremony, dozens wearing white “faced the sunrise to the rhythm of drums and waves on a windswept beach … near the spot where the first enslaved Africans arrived at the English colony of Virginia in 1619.” – The Washington Post

• Gov. Ralph Northam appointed a commission to review how African American history is taught in Virginia. “The full history of Virginia is complex, contradictory, and often untold — and we must do a better job.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A federal judge is blocking a bankrupt mining company, Blackjewel, from shipping thousands of tons of coal produced by workers in Southwest Virginia who are still owed paychecks for weeks of work. – Bristol Herald Courier

• A vial of insulin that cost about $25 in the 1990s can now cost $300. “It’s like either get your medicine or eat. Get your medicine or have somewhere to stay. That’s kind of hard.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• “One of Gov. Ralph Northam’s new appointees to a state council that advises him on women’s issues has a history of making derogatory attacks on Twitter, including telling author Cornel West to ‘f— off and die,’ and making jokes about Catholics and Catholic priests and pedophilia.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Local governments can use zoning laws to regulate the location of gun shops, according to an opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Herring, who was asked to weigh in after a firearms retailer opened across the street from an elementary school in Roanoke County. – The Roanoke Times

• A Henrico County judge is weighing whether to allow a lawsuit filed by U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, against Twitter and two parody accounts that mocked him to proceed in Virginia or move to another jurisdiction. – Courthouse News Service

• A state prison inmate filed a second lawsuit alleging authorities censored his writings when they intercepted a letter detailing poor conditions and urging concerned citizens to organize a peaceful rally. – The Daily Progress

• WMATA bus drivers in Northern Virginia voted to authorize a strike, saying Metro’s decision to outsource operations at a new bus garage has resulted in worse pay and working conditions. – WAMU

• About 10,000 people descended on Page County for a “Dukes of Hazzard” themed weekend dubbed Good ol’ Boys Fest. – Daily News-Record

• Police around the state say they’ll set up 120 drunk driving checkpoints in the lead-up to Labor Day. – Associated Press



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