GOP convention tomorrow, Youngkin campaigns with Ted Cruz, loon finds stardom in Northern Va., and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• The Virginia GOP will choose its nominees for statewide office tomorrow. Polls are open to registered delegates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but results aren’t expected until early next week.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The candidates for governor fit into three categories, according to UVA’s Larry Sabato: “Trumpy, Trumpier, Trumpiest.”—New York Times

• Glenn Youngkin spent a day campaigning with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who was a key figure in amplifying false claims of voter fraud ahead of the insurrection at the Capitol.—Danville Register & Bee

• Six Republicans are vying to become lieutenant governor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “The GOP candidates generally agree on one thing: They hate the state’s new energy law and want to overturn it.”—E&E News

• State officials hope to begin vaccinating children 12 and older in schools before they let out for the summer.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• One of the Richmond region communities “that’s proven the most difficult to vaccinate is the one that sits within eyesight of the region’s most successful vaccination hub, where more than 150,000 doses of vaccine have been administered.”—Henrico Citizen

• Black employees at the Science Museum of Virginia say they were passed over for promotions and singled out for discipline by the institution’s leadership, which is almost entirely White.—VPM

• “Virginia is due at least $1 billion from the federal government for affordable housing, according to experts who gathered virtually Thursday to discuss how governments and other local beneficiaries should invest those funds on long-lasting, system-transforming programs.”—Roanoke Times

 • Steve Crandall, co-founder of Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, died at age 64. The brewery grew to be one of the state’s largest before it was bought by Anheuser-Busch in 2016.—Nelson County Times

• A loon, a species of bird more common in the Great Lakes and New England, has taken up residence in a Fairfax County neighborhood, leaving the local birding community starstruck. “It’s like seeing Brad Pitt walk down your street in Fairfax.”—Washington Post

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