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Virginia revokes license plates featuring Confederate flag

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.

Attorney General Mark Herring's office said Thursday evening that the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin replacing about 1,600 existing plates.

U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser says in a Thursday order that his 2001 injunction is no longer valid.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a Texas case that specialty license plates represent the state's speech, and not the driver's speech.

Virginia's plates honor the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Brandi Brubaker tells The Virginian-Pilot that the agency will work with the organization to design new plates without the flag. Once the plates are manufactured, they'll be sent to affected motorists.

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