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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 8:01 am

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 election offers the first test of the Democrats’ new post-Trump coalition.”—The Atlantic

• About 100,000 voters have so far cast early ballots in next month’s Democratic primary, which some say suggests a lack of enthusiasm about the race.—WVTF

• Leaders in Henry County agreed to absorb the city of Martinsville, which plans to give up its charter and revert to town status.—Martinsville Bulletin

• Officials in the town of Front Royal are accusing Warren County of a cover-up after the county sheriff detained town employees and accused them of illegally dumping sludge, allegations that later proved baseless.— Northern Virginia Daily

• “Virginia State Police are looking into the report of a gunshot heard just before a crash that killed four people and injured three more early Wednesday on Interstate 95 in Henrico County.”—Associated Press

• A drug investigation targeting the Sinaloa cartel that began in Loudoun County ended with more than 30 arrests and the seizure of more than 100 firearms, $6 million and 473 pounds of meth.—Associated Press

• “Fairfax County’s Democratic Committee called for the ouster of the county’s new police chief late Tuesday, saying his record would make it difficult to build trust with communities of color and that the process to pick him lacked transparency.”—Washington Post

• Wildlife officials in Northern Virginia say they’re investigating an unexplained surge of bird deaths and illnesses, which appear to be blinding young grackles and blue jays.—ARLnowWashington Post

• It’s looking like it could be a rainy and cool Memorial Day weekend.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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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]