VMI investigation finds big problems with sexism, Northam’s plan to fund small businesses, Smithfield Foods ends slaughter operations in namesake town, and more headlines
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• An investigation into racism at Virginia Military Institute found sexism might be just as big of a problem at the school. Women “describe an atmosphere of hostility and an expectation of backlash from male cadets if they report being groped or raped.”—Washington Post
• With Virginia’s state-run mental hospitals overcrowded and refusing any new patients, a private hospital system is offering to open 58 beds to relieve pressure as long as the state pays $8.5 million to staff them.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Gov. Ralph Northam and Democratic leaders in the legislature announced a plan to route $353 million in federal pandemic aid to small businesses and industries hard hit by the pandemic.—Washington Post
• A legal battle is playing out in a Lynchburg courtroom over a state requirement that public school districts adopt policies for transgender students before the beginning of the coming school year.—VPM
• Donald Trump released his third statement in support of GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, who earlier in the day had released an ad seeking to link Democrat Terry McAuliffe to the former president.—The Hill
• “Black people in Virginia were twice as likely to have a member of their household lose a job, be placed on furlough or have their work hours cut in the last three months, according to a new poll from the Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.”—WVTF
• A 1,600-pound slave auction block that once sat on a street corner in downtown Fredericksburg is now part of an exhibit at a local museum.—Free Lance-Star
• “Warren Buffett’s company is abandoning its purchase of a natural gas pipeline from Dominion Energy because of uncertainty about whether the deal could get regulatory approval.”—Associated Press
• Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline announced they plan to purchase $150 million in carbon offsets to counter emissions from pipeline operations.—Roanoke Times
• The Washington Football Team says its new name won’t be the Warriors. “We will choose an identity that unequivocally departs from any use of or approximate linkage to Native American imagery.”—Washington Post
• Smithfield Foods says it will no longer slaughter pigs at the plant in its namesake town, announcing plans to instead use the facility to produce packaged products like bacon and ham.—Inside Business
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