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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 lawmakers want to get in on this blockchain thing

By: - August 22, 2018

Now they just have to figure out how and why. Blockchain, the decentralized database technology behind Bitcoin, has emerged as an endlessly recurring buzzword in tech fields. And, to be fair, the technology is promising in a lot of ways to the extent that it protects against data loss and manipulation, making it a potentially good […]

The lengths Republicans are going to do avoid Corey Stewart; Also, stinkbugs and calculating partisan lean

By: - August 21, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Avoiding Corey The state’s Republican congressional candidates are going to lengths to avoid appearing with (or even near) Corey Stewart as they campaign for office, citing his past associations with white supremacist groups and penchant for saying things that draw negative attention. One […]

Regulators getting cozy with gambling interests? Also Nic Cage, poop and a Roanoke riverwalk

By: - August 20, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. How cozy are state regulators with the company hoping to bring casino gambling to Virginia? So cozy that, when accused of being too cozy, the chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission let the company’s representatives ghost write the first draft of a letter […]

BETTER KNOW A BOARD: Wigs, barbering theory and the Koch brothers

By: - August 20, 2018

This is the first in an occasional series exploring some of Virginia’s more obscure state boards and commissions. Name: Board for Barbers and Cosmetology. Purpose: To regulate the practice of cosmetology and related professions in the state of Virginia. Meeting location: An office park in Henrico County. Stephen Kirschner has some bad news for the […]

Scooter share says it’s operating legally in Richmond, plans meeting with city

By: - August 17, 2018

The company behind a dockless, electric scooter rental business that popped up in Richmond without warning Thursday says it believes it’s operating legally in the city. Bird, a well funded California tech company, dropped a fresh batch of scooters around the city Friday, less than 12 hours after city officials began impounding the first wave […]

New potential source of money for schools; a moon over Roanoke County and other headlines

By: - August 17, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.Internet sales tax for schools?State Sen. Bill Stanley is pitching a plan to direct a coming windfall in state internet sales tax collections to repairing and replacing public school buildings.A 2013 study found more than three out of five of Virginia’s 2,030 school buildings […]

GRTC director’s resignation followed tense board meetings, spat with state over Pulse buses

By: - August 17, 2018

GRTC Transit System CEO David Green left the bus company last week after overseeing the biggest transformation of public transit in Richmond since 1948, when the city torched its old trolley cars in a grand pyre and switched to buses. The company launched its new flagship service, the Pulse, a bus rapid transit line that’s […]

Richmond is impounding electric scooters that popped up overnight

By: - August 16, 2018

That didn’t last long. This morning, about 100 electric scooters that people can rent using a smartphone app had been dropped on sidewalks around downtown Richmond and VCU. By close of business, city officials said they were rounding up the scooters because the company hadn’t gotten permission to roll out the system. “The company been advised […]

Dockless electric rental scooters dropped onto Richmond sidewalks overnight. They may not be here for long

By: - August 16, 2018

Update: A Bird spokeswoman says the company’s entry into Richmond is only temporary. She described it in an email this afternoon as a “pop up” timed to coincide with the beginning of fall classes at VCU. But she didn’t respond to questions about what exactly the company means by pop up and how long they plan […]

Was Blackbeard’s killing extrajudicial? Also: Dominion seeks a way around pipeline stop-work order

By: - August 16, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. A defense attorney is trying to get an MS-13 murder trial moved out of Bedford County, arguing local news coverage combined with national debate over the gang and immigration have prejudiced potential jurors. – The News & Advance A Charlottesville couple is suing the […]

D.C. spent at least $2.6 million policing rally; A tree falls at Mount Vernon and other headlines

By: - August 15, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Washington D.C. estimates it spent at least $2.6 million policing the white nationalist rally Sunday, which drew about 20 attendees and thousands of counterprotesters. – The Washington Post The Roanoke School Board is trying to raise $185,000 to cover the cost of renaming Stonewall Jackson […]

Watchdog group says more investigation needed at Staunton-area jail where immigrant teens alleged abuse

By: - August 15, 2018

A watchdog group with federal investigative authority says it is continuing to probe allegations of abuse made by immigrant teens held in a juvenile jail outside of Staunton. A report released Monday by state officials failed to substantiate the claims. “Based on what we know so far, we believe further investigation may be needed,” said […]