Northam endorses McAuliffe for governor, what to do with Virginia’s electric chair, dead bird mystery in Harrisonburg, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam is endorsing former Gov. Terry McAuliffe for another term. An advisor said Northam “feels like Gov. McAuliffe provides the party the best opportunity to cement the change in Virginia and win in November.”—Associated Press

• With the death penalty abolished, Virginia officials have to figure out what to do with the 113-year-old electric chair and more modern lethal injection gurney.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Legislators rejected Gov. Ralph Northam’s effort to redirect money saved from eliminating coal tax credits to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.—VPM

• Attorney General Mark Herring says he’s working with the Virginia NAACP on an effort to overhaul how police shootings are investigated in the state.—Washington Post

• A task force creating a police oversight board in Richmond is envisioning a $1.2 million annual budget for the body, which organizers say would “make it one of the most expensive civilian review boards in the country, but also one of the most effective.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A new state law that lowers the cost of insulin “covers only a fraction” of diabetics because it doesn’t apply to federally regulated health plans.—Roanoke Times

• The FEMA-run vaccination clinic in Norfolk will now accept walk-ins as long as shots are available.—Virginian-Pilot

• Natural Bridge State Park won formal recognition as an International Dark Sky Park, a label indicating low light pollution and good stargazing.—Roanoke Times

• State wildlife officials are investigating why birds keep dying in Harrisonburg’s Court Square.—WHSV

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