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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond's famed Monument Avenue has been vandalized.

Red paint was splattered on the statue's base. The letters BLM, an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, was also sprayed on the base.

Virginia Capitol Police, which is responsible for policing the monuments, told news outlets the vandalism occurred late Friday or early Saturday between patrols.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader has pleaded no contest to firing a gun during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer.

Court records show Richard W. Preston entered the plea Tuesday. He was charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.

Authorities said Preston was shown in video of the incident yelling and firing a handgun once while standing on a sidewalk crowded with rally-goers and counterprotesters. No one was struck with the bullet.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has asked a judge to block a subpoena in a federal lawsuit filed by 11 people injured during a violent clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last year.

The plaintiffs are seeking to compel Duke to turn over records related to communications he and other white nationalists had before the rally, along with records of efforts to solicit donations.

In court documents, Duke says the subpoena is overly broad and would impose "an undue burden and a significant expense" on him.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A panel of Charlottesville community members has been chosen to make recommendations about how to spend money raised in the aftermath of a white nationalist rally.

WCAV-TV reports the nine-person committee that will review grant applications made to the Heal Charlottesville Fund is made up of community leaders, entrepreneurs and a high school student.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former State Department official who became the target of harassment after posting a video showing the car attack during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is suing right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others.

Brennan Gilmore's defamation lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Charlottesville.

Gilmore attended the August rally as a counterprotester and captured footage of the deadly attack. His video went viral, and Gilmore was interviewed by national media outlets.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An organizer of last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is suing the Virginia city over its denial of his request to hold an anniversary event.

The Daily Progress reports Jason Kessler filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday. He argues that his First Amendment rights were violated when the city denied his permit application. Charlottesville rejected the application in December, saying the proposed event would present a danger to public safety.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly has defeated every bill the city of Charlottesville advocated for in the wake of a white nationalist rally last summer that shocked the nation.

The August rally organized in part to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a Confederate monument descended into chaos, and the day ended with three people dead.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A judge in Virginia has ordered the city of Charlottesville to remove the black shrouds that were installed over two Confederate monuments after a white nationalist rally last summer.

Local news outlets report Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore gave the city 15 days from the time an official order is signed to remove the tarps.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is pushing to make "domestic terrorism" a state crime in response to a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year.

The Daily Press reports that Herring and Democratic Del. Marcia Price are pushing for legislation that would define domestic terrorism as a violent or criminal act aimed at intimidating someone based on race, religious or other factors.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Ohio man accused of ramming a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville has had his most serious charge upgraded to first-degree murder.

Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors said they filed a motion earlier in the day to amend the second-degree murder charge he previously faced.

The judge certified the murder charge and all others against Fields. His case will now be presented to a grand jury for an indictment.

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