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Virginia City Won't Ask to Decide Confederate Statues' Fate

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Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond (Photo courtesy Bob Brown) Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond (Photo courtesy Bob Brown)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The council governing Virginia's capital city has once again indicated they don't want the authority to determine the fate of the city's Confederate monuments.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the resolution from Richmond Councilman Michael Jones would have put a request to decide the future of the Monument Avenue statues on the city's legislative wish list for the General Assembly session. Divided 6-3, the council rejected it Monday.

State law currently limits local governments' power to remove or modify war memorials. Jones stressed the importance of having the right to decide, saying anything else would be "just basic conversation with little or no effect."

But other councilmembers thought the ask would endanger the city's ability to sway state lawmakers on other issues.

Mayor Levar Stoney had supported Jones' resolution and criticized the council's decision.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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