COVID case counts at lowest levels in more than a year, Isle of Wight removes Confederate statue, a Norfolk Greyhound station becomes a homeless shelter, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations are at their lowest levels in over a year, with just 336 new infections reported yesterday.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “The Virginia Department of Health spent $1.7 million in March and April on ads promoting vaccinations and public health measures, according to April 21st data from the department.”—WVTF

• Hard-right candidate Chuck Smith, who narrowly lost the GOP nomination for attorney general to Del. Jason Miyares, is requesting a recount.—Associated Press

• The family of Isiah Brown, who was shot multiple times by a Spotsylvania County sheriff’s deputy last month, says it’s “hoping and expectant” that criminal charges will be filed against the officer, who they believe mistook a cordless phone Brown was holding for a gun.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• An essay in The Atlantic about pervasive myths of the Lost Cause that have shaped views and memories of the Confederacy focuses on Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.—The Atlantic

• Isle of Wight County removed a Confederate statute that had stood in front of the local courthouse for more than 100 years, giving it to a local resident who wanted to put it on his property.—WAVY

• Fairfax’s commonwealth’s attorney criticized Virginia State Police for arresting a woman during a traffic stop, saying she shouldn’t have been pulled over for driving a car with its taillights out under legislation passed by the General Assembly last year aimed at reducing pretextual stops. State police say they disagree.—Washington Post

• The ACLU of Virginia announced Mary Bauer will succeed Claire Guthrie Gastañaga as executive director. Bauer has previously served as legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Muslim Advocates, and the ACLU of Virginia.—Star-Exponent

• Officials in Norfolk are converting a defunct Greyhound bus station downtown into a homeless shelter, setting up 55 tents in the parking lot where buses once idled.—Virginian-Pilot

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