Former Newport News airport director charged with financial crimes; Supreme Court has yet to rule on redistricting case; an unusual “urine sample” evacuates VA medical center and more headlines

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• Federal agents arrested the ex-director of the Newport News airport, who is charged with 18 financial crimes related to a secret $4.5 million loan to a now defunct airline. – Daily Press

• Hanover County Supervisor Scott Wyatt once again claimed victory in the GOP nomination fight against Del. Chris Peace in the 97th House District after a party panel voted to uphold the results of a nominating convention that Peace has dismissed as a “rally” for his opponent. Peace, who now must either appeal to the GOP’s State Central Committee or the courts, continues to insist the contest will be decided by a June 1 firehouse primary. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Two months after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the House of Delegates redistricting dispute, they still haven’t issued a ruling. With a June 11 primary rapidly approaching, it suggests to some that new maps favored by Democrats will be allowed to stand. – WCVE

• Environmental scientists are dropping $285,000 worth of castle-shaped tiles in waterways around Norfolk in hopes of jumpstarting natural oyster reefs to help protect the shoreline from sea level rise. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Roanoke’s police chief is facing criticism again, this time after referencing rap music when speaking about a recent shooting, which local NAACP leaders said suggested his anger was directed at black residents. – The Roanoke Times

• Arlington County voted to allow people to build cottages in their back yards as part of an effort to increase availability of affordable housing in the area. – ARLnow

• After a three-month investigation, police charged a 20-year-old Richmond man in the death of a dog who was tied to a fence and set on fire. – NBC12

• A woman from Dinwiddie County was charged with threatening to bomb a Muslim center in Petersburg. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The FBI paid a Norfolk man who lied about being a gang member $300 a week to wear a wire. The bureau cut the deal short when he shot and killed a 26-year-old in October. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A “urine sample” that led to an evacuation at Hampton VA Medical Center turned out to be vinegar. “A lot of people were asking me questions, because it’s kind of a head-scratcher. I’m not sure if that makes it any better or worse, but that’s what it turned out to be.” – Daily Press

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Ned Oliver
Ned, a Lexington native, has a decade’s worth of experience in journalism, 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 also has the awards to show for it, including taking a pair of first-place honors at the Virginia Press Association awards earlier this year for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass.