VMI names first Black superintendent, FBI investigates traffic stop in Windsor, pitmasters recreate historic Va. barbecue, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Virginia Military Institute has named Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins as its next superintendent, making him its first Black leader as the military college reckons with accusations of fostering a hostile climate for Black cadets.—Roanoke Times

• The FBI has joined the investigation into the controversial traffic stop in Windsor, and the Virginia State Police are seeking more information from potential witnesses.—Virginian-Pilot

• Fourteen years after the Virginia Tech shooting, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are introducing a federal gun control bill that mirrors changes recently enacted in Virginia.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Five women are suing the head of the Virginia Employment Commission, claiming the agency failed to assist Virginians trying to claim unemployment benefits during the pandemic.—Associated Press

• The pandemic has been a “shot in the arm” for some teachers unions, which will soon gain the power to seek collective bargaining rights from local school boards.—Daily Press

• A son of Jerry Falwell Jr. is no longer working for Liberty University, “a strong signal that the powerhouse evangelical university is seeking aggressively to distance itself from its former president.”—Politico

• Pitmasters are making barbecue in Chesapeake this weekend using a 400-year-old recipe. “The process is bringing together European, African or African American and indigenous techniques together — into this thing that essentially created American barbecue as we know it.”—Virginian-Pilot

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