Ned Oliver

Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association. Contact him at [email protected]

Virginia Mercury

Virginia to receive at least $80 million in Purdue settlement, Stafford County boy dies from COVID-19, rabid fox captured at Busch Gardens, and more headlines

By: - July 9, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia will receive at least $80 million from Purdue Pharma to fund opioid treatment in a settlement deal over the company’s marketing of Oxycontin.—VPM • A Stafford County boy’s death from COVID-19 marks the second fatality for children nine and under during […]

Supreme Court of Virginia orders new trial for 70-year-old woman falsely implicated in attempted strawberry theft

By: - July 9, 2021

The Supreme Court of Virginia says a jury should decide whether a Kroger manager engaged in malicious prosecution when she had shoplifting charges brought against a 70-year-old Staunton woman falsely identified as an attempted strawberry thief. Kroger had argued that it was a simple case of mistaken identity and during a trial last year, the […]

Virginia Mercury

Video shows Youngkin comments on abortion, bye-bye to Byrd statue, Edwards Virginia Smokehouse sells operations, and more headlines

By: - July 8, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “A liberal activist released a video late Wednesday of GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin saying that he has to limit his antiabortion comments on the campaign trail for fear of alienating Virginia’s independent voters, but that he would go ‘on offense’ if he […]

Helicopters, cash payments and a new public health lab: How state agencies propose spending Virginia’s rescue fund money

By: , , and - July 8, 2021

Virginia has $4.3 billion in federal aid to spend and no shortage of ideas. State agencies hoping to tap into American Rescue Plan funds have submitted wish lists that top more than $18 billion, floating proposals ranging from new helicopters for Virginia State Police to $1,000 cash payments for essential workers.  Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration […]

Virginia Mercury

Byrd statue slated to come down today, continued problems at Employment Commission, local prosecutor funding and diversion efforts, and more headlines

By: - July 7, 2021

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Officials plan to remove a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr. from Capitol Square this morning. The former U.S. senator was a staunch segregationist and led Virginia’s racist “massive resistance” policy to public school integration.—Associated Press “A Virginia man charged with joining the mob that stormed […]

Virginia Mercury

More than nine killed in holiday weekend violence, Sen. Lucas recall case dismissed, gubernatorial hopefuls zero in on education, and more headlines

By: - July 6, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. A spate of gun violence over the holiday weekend left more than nine people dead. In one incident, a 23-year-old was shot and killed in the passenger seat of a car traveling on the interstate in Richmond. In another, a 36-year-old Bedford County woman […]

With death penalty repealed, two once-condemned men moved off Virginia’s death row

By: - July 2, 2021

With the death penalty formally abolished in Virginia as of this week, death row is now officially vacant, according to prison officials. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney said the two remaining prisoners facing death sentences were moved off death row after the legislation was signed earlier this year. For decades, condemned prisoners have been […]

Youngkin’s campaign says he wouldn’t seek to repeal marijuana legalization

By: - July 2, 2021

GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s campaign said Friday he wouldn’t try to repeal legislation that legalized marijuana in Virginia this week. The comment came on Twitter in response to a tweet by Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, who wrote that “extreme Republicans are determined to make it illegal again. Yet another example of how Glenn Youngkin […]

Virginia announces progress on unemployment claims backlog, but applications keep piling up

By: - July 1, 2021

The Virginia Employment Commission issued its first status report Thursday on its court-ordered efforts to reduce a backlog of claims, reporting that it processed more than half of the 92,000 pending applications for assistance it’s required to adjudicate by Labor Day. But the team of legal aid attorneys representing claimants who have been left in […]

Marijuana is now legal in Virginia. Advocates are already pushing for changes to the law.

By: - July 1, 2021

As of today, marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older to possess, consume and grow in Virginia. But unless a doctor has signed off on a prescription, there’s no legal way to buy it. Lawmakers have set a 2024 target to begin retail sales to recreational users, a runway the legislation’s authors say is […]

What Virginia’s marijuana legalization bill actually says

By: - June 25, 2021

The legislation that will make possession and cultivation of marijuana legal on July 1 is almost 300 pages. But in reality, only a few sections are actually going into effect. That’s because lawmakers included hundreds of pages of rules and regulations they’d like to enact, but couldn’t yet agree on. So, at the end of […]

Virginia has more than a billion dollars in aid for people behind on rent. Here’s how to get it.

By: - June 24, 2021

Update: After this story was published, the Centers for Disease Control announced a final extension of federal eviction protections through the end of July. State and federal pandemic eviction protections come to an end next week, but there’s still help available to tenants who have fallen behind on their rent — hundreds of millions of […]