Women’s monument unveiled on Capitol Square; State tax refund checks have all been mailed and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• The state unveiled a new women’s monument on Capitol Square that features seven statues of trailblazing women from Virginia’s history.  “They were from all walks of life, from different times and places. They were famous and obscure. Real women, even imperfect women, who have shaped the history of this Commonwealth.” – Associated Press

• “Victims of sexual assault must sometimes travel for hours, or from one hospital to another, because of a shortage in Virginia of qualified nurses and hospitals that provide sexual assault examinations, a new study has found.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• State health officials are conducting a listening tour aimed at understanding and curbing maternal mortality rates, which are two to three times higher for black women than white women. “For some communities their barrier is a lack of providers. For others, we’ve heard about a lack of investment in supporting organizations in the community.” – WVTF

• “In a clash of two Virginia attorneys general — Mark Herring and his predecessor, Ken Cuccinelli — a federal judge has put on hold Cuccinelli’s bid to expand the grounds to deny visa renewals and requests for the “green cards” that open a path to citizenship.” – Daily Press

• Two House of Delegates races in western Henrico have emerged as key battlegrounds “in the war for control of the General Assembly, as well as a test of political identity in the county’s culturally shifting western suburbs.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Recent controversies involving state Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, including her berating a Capitol Police officer who wouldn’t let her park in a secure area, have made their way into a Democratic TV ad for the final weeks of the election.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Staffers in The Daily Progress’s newsroom announced they intend to unionize – a growing trend at papers around the state and country amid years of upheaval in the industry. “Most of us struggle to afford to live here,” said the paper’s city hall reporter. – WVTF

• Someone took a chisel to the base of the Stonewall Jackson statue in Charlottesville, chipping off the noses and hands of allegorical figures representing faith and valor. – The Daily Progress

• Dozens of volunteers picked over the forest floor to search for the Peaks of Otter salamander, which breathes through its skin and is only found in a 45-square mile area of Bedford, Botetourt and Rockbridge counties. They found 11, indicating a population in the thousands – not great but enough to keep it off the endangered list. – The Roanoke Times

• State tax officials say they’ve finished mailing 2.7 million one-time tax refund checks. “They’re done!” Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne said Monday. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

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