VMI to remove Jackson statue, pilot program in Richmond provides universal basic income, 101-year-old WWII veteran dies in Roanoke, and more headlines

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• The Virginia Military Institute, convulsed by press reports of racism, will move a statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, who was an instructor at the school.—Roanoke Times

• A pilot program in Richmond will give 18 families $500 per month, an idea supported by more than two dozen U.S. mayors who say a universal basic income for low-income people can ameliorate wealth inequality.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr., who was forced to resign under the weight of sex scandals involving him and his wife, is suing the university, claiming defamation and breach of contract.—News & Advance 

• Police are blaming counterfeit pain pills laced with fentanyl for a series of overdoses in northwest Virginia.—Winchester Star

• The Democratic Party of Virginia has dropped its lawsuit against Richmond’s voter registrar after reaching an agreement to share information on voters whose absentee ballots were rejected.—WRIC

• A father, 72, and his son, 45, from Sanville in Henry County died days apart from COVID-19.— Martinsville Bulletin

• Republican 5th congressional district candidate Bob Good compared running against Democrats to fighting terrorism during a stop in Danville. “Because the left — it would be like being in the fight against Islamic Jihad. It’s perpetual. It will be forever. We will fight against terrorism forever.”—Danville Register & Bee

• The governors of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina announced a deal to promote offshore wind development.—Virginian-Pilot 

• A reward has been offered as police in Louisa attempt to identify a man caught on camera stealing and vandalizing political signs.—NBC12

• The scope and mortality rate of COVID-19 outbreaks at Virginia nursing homes has fallen.—WVTF

• More than 50 people who live near the Lee Monument in Richmond will file a brief urging its removal after a judge’s decision cleared the way for the statue to go, pending appeal.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Saturday is the early in-person voting deadline in Virginia.—Washington Post

• Harry Guilliams of Roanoke, an Army veteran who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, died Wednesday at 101. “I feel like every man who does something, when he passes away and is put in the ground, he deserves the folding of the flag and presenting it to the next of kin, firing of rifles and playing of taps,” Guilliams said in 2007, when he was still conducting veterans funerals at age 88.—Roanoke Times

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