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School reopening plans become political flash point

Jul. 8, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — The debate over whether schools should reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic with in-person learning offered five days a week has become a political flash point in Virginia. The same day that President Donald Trump threatened to withhold federal aid to state and local schools that...

Official: Inmate at Virginia jail pepper sprays two guards

Jul. 8, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — An inmate at a Virginia jail pepper sprayed two guards after inmates in a lockdown unit flooded their cells and the man was removed from his cell to shower, the jail superintendent said Wednesday. Col. Christopher Walz, interim superintendent at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, said an...

Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

Jul. 8, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday. Herring said the project to test rape kits — some decades old — began in 2015. Since then,...

The Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument is secured in lifting straps as it is removed from Libby Hill Park, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The 17 ft statue stands on a 73 foot pedestal overlooking downtown. The statue is one of several that will be removed by the city as part of the Black Lives Matter reaction. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Richmond removes Confederate Soldiers and Sailors statue

Jul. 8, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews have taken down the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors statue, the sixth Confederate monument to be removed in Richmond amid national protests against police brutality and symbols many see as racist icons. Crews arrived at about 7 a.m Wednesday in the city's Libby Hill...

Police search for man after child found dead, woman injured

Jul. 8, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say that a woman is critically injured and her infant daughter is dead. A local sheriff's office said it is now searching for the woman's husband. WAVY-TV reports that the woman and her daughter were found Tuesday in Gloucester County. Authorities said they are...

JMU is renaming halls that bear names of Confederate leaders

Jul. 8, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia's James Madison University is renaming three buildings that bear the names of Confederate leaders. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that university’s board of visitors voted to change the names of three halls following requests by students, alumni and campus...

Confederate memorial owners undeterred by recent removals

Jul. 7, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (AP) — The recent destruction of memorials to Confederate leaders since the death of George Floyd hasn't deterred the operators of a park visible from Interstate 5 north of Vancouver, Washington. A community conversation about the tribute has repeatedly resurfaced since Jefferson Davis...

Ecstatic landowner and Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent, Richard Averitt, poses near his property where the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline was supposed to cross Monday July 6, 2020, in Nellysford, Va. Averitt ended his six year fight with Dominion Energy when they announced that developers were scrapping the $8 billion natural gas project is a historic, grassroots win for the environment and a turning point in the fight to stop climate change. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Opponents: Pipeline's defeat 'a testament to perseverance'

Jul. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single person who thought they would succeed. The...

Board allows candidates extra time to get on ballot

Jul. 7, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two prominent Republican congressional candidates were given a reprieve by the Virginia State Board of Elections for not filing candidate paperwork on time. The board voted 2-1 Tuesday to extend a filing deadline for Republicans Bob Good and Nick Freitas, as well as handful of other...

Crews attach straps to the statue Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue Tuesday July 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The statue is one of several that will be removed by the city as part of the Black Lives Matter reaction. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Richmond removes statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

Jul. 7, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews on Tuesday took down a monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the third major statue to be cleared away in less than a week as the Confederacy's former capital rushes to remove symbols of oppression in response to protests against police brutality and racism. As a crowd...