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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]

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 […]

Virginia Mercury

Businesses drop mask mandates, judge at center of Parole Board scandal on ‘extended leave,’ summer weather is here to stay, and more headlines

By: - May 20, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Businesses from Home Depot to ABC stores have begun dropping their mask mandates for fully vaccinated people following updated guidance from the CDC and state last week.—Virginian-Pilot • “Judge Adrianne Bennett of Virginia Beach, the former chairwoman of the Virginia Parole Board who is […]

Virginia Mercury

A plan to clear Virginia’s massive unemployment claim backlog, police oppose making some disciplinary records public, Chase won’t run for gov as independent, and more headlines

By: - May 19, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov. Ralph Northam announced a plan to clear a massive backlog of disputed unemployment insurance claims, including hiring hundreds of new adjudicators and shifting state employees from other jobs to help. The action came as the state finalizes a settlement in a lawsuit […]

New data shows Virginia police are more likely to stop and search Black drivers

By: - May 19, 2021

Black drivers in Virginia are almost two times more likely than White drivers to be pulled over by police and three times more likely to have their vehicles searched, according to data collected under the state’s new Community Policing Act. The records offer a first-of-its-kind look at traffic enforcement in Virginia, even as the disparities […]

A $500 million state budget surplus, a $300K Dominion ad blitz, Henrico drops civilian review board plans, and more headlines

By: - May 18, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia is anticipating a $500 million budget surplus this year. “I don’t think anyone 14 months ago would have thought we’d be in as good a position as we are,” Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne said.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Norfolk health officials rolled out vaccinations […]

Roanoke jury awards landowners affected by Mountain Valley $430K, Chesterfield sheriff moves inmates out of Riverside, Bristol’s landfill problem, and more headlines

By: - May 17, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “With just 3.5% of standard nasal swab tests coming back positive for the coronavirus last week, Virginia is experiencing its lowest rate of new infections since the pandemic arrived.”—Virginian-Pilot • “Strap in, Virginia: The 2021 governor’s race is suddenly at full speed. It’s already […]

Virginia Mercury

Virginia’s mask mandate still in effect, Woodbridge Marine Corps officer charged in Capitol breach, a short-lived fuel shortage, and more headlines

By: - May 14, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • While the CDC has largely lifted mask requirements for people who are fully vaccinated, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says it’s still reviewing the new guidance and Virginia’s mask mandate remains in effect.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • About 36 percent of Virginia residents are fully vaccinated. Health […]

After chaotic Virginia GOP convention, Democrats see extreme ticket while Republicans feel ‘relief’

By: and - May 14, 2021

When Del. Jason Miyares, a former prosecutor and son of a Cuban immigrant, defeated a more right-wing challenger to become the Virginia GOP’s nominee for attorney general, Democrats wasted no time labeling him a “right-wing extremist.” The next day, when wealthy businessman Glenn Youngkin won the Republican nomination for governor in a field that included […]

Virginia Mercury

Widespread fuel shortages due to “panic buying,” Virginia leaders’ plans for $4.3 billion in federal aid, fresh glimpses of Amazon HQ2, and more headlines

By: - May 13, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • More than half of Virginia’s gas stations had run out of fuel as of Wednesday night, according to crowdsourced data. Officials say the shortage is a result of panic buying after a ransomware attack shut down a major supply pipeline, which came back […]