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Virginia AG authorizes probe of Confederate statue-removal contract

An inquiry into the contract was initiated after a political rival of Mayor Levar Stoney's raised concerns about the deal.

RICHMOND, Va. — A special prosecutor says Virginia's attorney general has authorized an investigation into a $1.8 million contract for the removal of the City of Richmond's Confederate statues. 

The statues were taken down over the summer, and an inquiry into the contract between the city and a construction company owner was initiated after a political rival of Mayor Levar Stoney's raised concerns about the deal. 

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An attorney for Stoney has previously said that neither he nor the mayor were concerned about the investigation, which he said was based on politically motivated criticism.