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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

COVID cases fall; Falwell hits back; Supreme Court hears Lee statue case and more headlines

By: - June 7, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere • COVID-19 cases continue to decline even as the rate of vaccinations has slowed.—Virginian-Pilot • Democrats will pick their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general tomorrow.—Associated Press, Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear legal arguments tomorrow in a […]

With 17 Va. House incumbents being challenged, Tuesday could be a wild primary night

By: and - June 4, 2021

Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, pitches himself as one of the most progressive members of the House of Delegates, but in this year’s primary, he’s fending off a challenge from a fellow progressive who says the district could do better. “He has seemed to be an incompetent and ineffective legislator, and I think that is not […]

Campaign finance reports: Ayala flips on Dominion, Youngkin self-funds and a big bundle of shadowy money drops

By: and - June 3, 2021

With Republicans and Democrats alike reluctant to put limits on Virginia’s wide-open campaign finance system, money has been pouring into primary contests in what’s going to be a high-stakes election year. And the batch of campaign finance numbers released this week seemed to have something for everyone not to like. One week out from the […]

Q&A: VMI’s new superintendent on report that says school has been ‘run by White men, for White men.’

By: - June 2, 2021

Virginia Military Institute’s superintendent says he’s not surprised by the findings in a law firm’s scathing report released Tuesday that concluded the school long tolerated institutional racism and sexism. But he pushed back at assertions that leaders of the 180-year-old school were unwilling to change. The Virginia Mercury interviewed Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins about the […]

Mapping alliances in the Democratic primary

By: - June 1, 2021

Endorsements don’t necessarily mean a whole lot when it comes to determining who’s going to win an election. But they can illustrate alliances, partnerships and factions that develop over time. To that end, the chart below traces 70 endorsements by sitting state and federal elected officials in Virginia in next month’s Democratic primary for governor, […]

Virginia Mercury

Remaining social distancing restrictions lifted, Richmond police chief meets with civilian review board, Portsmouth firefighters ask for collective bargaining, and more headlines

By: - May 28, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia lifted its remaining social distancing and capacity restrictions this morning. Gov. Ralph Northam plans to meet with President Joe Biden at a gym in Alexandria “to celebrate summer” and the state’s reopening.—VPM, Washington Post • “Washington-area TV station ABC7-WJLA apologized for an anti-Muslim question […]

Eyes nationwide on Virginia’s November elections, Henry County to absorb Martinsville, a rash of bird deaths in NoVa, and more headlines

By: - May 27, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Was the dramatic leftward shift of suburban voters in recent elections merely a Trump-era phenomenon, or did it represent a more permanent change? The answer might come sooner than you’d think. Voters in Virginia will head to the polls in November. … The […]

Will the progressive prosecutor movement come to Richmond?

By: - May 27, 2021

When a group of prosecutors representing some of Virginia’s biggest localities banded together to pursue criminal justice reform initiatives last year, one large, heavily Democratic city was conspicuously absent. Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin says she didn’t join the group, called the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, because she “doesn’t need to join a club” […]

Federal judge sets Labor Day deadline for clearing unemployment backlog, StarKist leaves Pittsburgh for NoVa, Tazewell County Fair, and more headlines

By: - May 26, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia reported fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases in a day for the first time in more than a year.—Roanoke Times • A federal judge ordered the Virginia Employment Commission to resolve 92,000 backlogged unemployment claims by Labor Day as part of a settlement […]

Officials in Richmond still won’t explain why police attacked hundreds of peaceful protestors a year ago

By: - May 26, 2021

The police chief apologized. Mayor Levar Stoney now calls the attack “unintentional.” But a year later, officials in Richmond still won’t offer a full explanation of what exactly happened that led officers to unleash a barrage of tear gas and pepper spray on a crowd of hundreds of peaceful protestors. City officials also refuse to […]

Drugs continued to flow into Virginia prisons amid pandemic, raising concerns about corrupt staff

By: - May 24, 2021

For years, prison officials in Virginia have focused on visitors as they sought to crack down on the flow of drugs and contraband to incarcerated people. They strip-searched children, banned menstruating women from wearing tampons and limited the number of people prisoners could put on their visitors list. So when the coronavirus pandemic hit, halting […]

Virginia Mercury

Virginia nears July 4 vaccination goal, McAuliffe commands Democratic race, deputy lifts overturned car, and more headlines

By: - May 21, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • More than 60 percent of adults in Virginia have received at least one dose of vaccine, but rates vary by locality and officials say areas with lower household income have seen lower uptake, which they hope to address with smaller, targeted clinics.—Richmond Times-Dispatch […]