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

By: - June 7, 2021 8:00 am
Virginia Mercury

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• 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 PressWashington PostRichmond Times-Dispatch

• The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear legal arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit attempting to block Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond.—Associated Press

• Washington and Lee University’s board of trustees decided not to change its name, but acknowledged the reference to the Confederate general “can be painful for people who experience racism.”—Roanoke Times

• Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is arguing the school only filed a breach of contract lawsuit against him to embarrass him. “The rehashing of these events and protected defamation of Falwell through litigation serves one mission — ruining Falwell’s reputation through mischaracterization of events and public shaming through out-of-context pictures filed in a public complaint.”—News & Advance

• The same day a state-ordered investigation into VMI accused the school of tolerating racism and sexism on campus, the school’s alumni association sent their own report to state leaders that declared the school an excellent place for people of all races.—Washington Post

• Leaders of Virginia’s beleaguered unemployment insurance system say they knew they were unprepared for a major economic crisis.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• An online news site that has written dozens of articles challenging Sentara did not disclose ties to a public relations firm hired by Eastern Virginia Medical School, which is in a dispute with the nonprofit health system.—Washington Post

• ICE helped foreign governments arrest senior citizens who were scammed into smuggling drugs. Family members of a Virginia man now in prison in Spain are wondering why the agency didn’t simply warn their father he was being duped.—New York Times

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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]