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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia cities would have the authority to remove or alter Confederate monuments under a proposal from a top Democratic state lawmaker.

House Minority Leader David Toscano filed a bill this week that he said aims to clarify what's allowed now under a law designed to protect war memorials.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia city council has rejected a proposal to facilitate the removal of Confederate statues.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Richmond City Council voted against Councilman Michael Jones' proposal to ask the Virginia General Assembly to grant the city authority to remove the Monument Avenue statues on Monday.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has dismissed charges against nine counterprotesters arrested during a Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville.

The defendants, who appeared in court Monday, were among several people charged with obstructing free passage and failing to heed police commands to disperse.

Two other defendants pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and were ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Three others had their cases continued.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nation's first elected black governor says improving education is more important than spending tax money to remove Confederate monuments.

Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder said during an interview on C-SPAN Thursday his election in 1989 showed how Virginia had changed. He said the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August does not represent the city or the state.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down tarps that cover statues of Confederate generals.

The Daily Progress reported Tuesday that the city has placed plastic fencing around the monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The tarps have been ripped down six times.  

The coverings are a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer. She was killed Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people at a rally in which white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Richmond say they will restrict certain weapons and shut down some streets during a weekend demonstration over the city's Confederate monuments.

Mayor Levar Stoney and Police Chief Alfred Durham held a news conference Thursday about the city's preparation for the Saturday event.

A Tennessee-based Confederate heritage group is helping organize a rally near Richmond's massive monument of General Robert E. Lee. Counter-demonstrations are expected, although Durham says police don't know exactly who is coming.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A group of people has covered up a statue of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the shrouding occurred Tuesday night on the campus of the University of Virginia. The group of about 100 people included students, faculty and community members.

The protesters gathered at the Rotunda, the same place that drew chanting white nationalists with tiki torches one month ago.   

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man is suing the city of Charlottesville, its police chief and the Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc. filed a complaint Thursday in federal court on behalf of Robert Sanchez Turner. The complaint says Turner was at the rally Aug. 12 to peacefully protest.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day says he is joining nearly 300 mayors in backing an initiative to combat hate.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the effort is to promote more education about hate and bias in schools and law enforcement agencies.

The plan is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors including 270 city chief executives and the Anti-Defamation League

The initiative follows the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in which Heather Heyer was killed.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in black fabric.

The Daily Progress reports the city council voted unanimously early Tuesday to shroud the statues in fabric to represent Charlottesville's mourning of Heather Heyer. The 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a car rammed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in the city.

The rally was sparked by the city's decision to remove a statue of Lee.

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