Progressive challengers beat incumbent prosecutors in Northern Virginia; Amazon donates $3 million for affordable housing in Alexandria; man who led police on 100 mph chase with a loose chicken in his car sentenced and more headlines

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• Two progressive challengers beat long time prosecutors in commonwealth’s attorney races in Arlington and Fairfax. The winners, backed by huge donations from liberal billionaire George Soros, promised to address racial disparities in sentencing, marijuana prosecutions and the death penalty. – The Washington Post

• The primaries saw low voter turnout, and, in districts that were recently redrawn by court order, confusion. “It’s not a happy election.” – Daily Press

• Amazon donated $3 million for affordable housing in Alexandria – a nice gesture, local advocates said, but a drop in the buck in an area where new affordable housing units cost an average of $350,000 to build. Amazon called the donation “a start.” – The Washington Post

• Hampton Roads regional transit joined a national consortium focused on bringing automated, full-sized buses to U.S. streets. – WTKR

• A Charlottesville-area philanthropist is raising money to erect a monument and flag “celebrating U.S.-Mexico relations” near Trump Winery. – The Daily Progress

• A free clinic in Wise County is holding its 20th annual remote medical clinic this month, which provides care to thousands of patients in Appalachia who otherwise couldn’t afford it. – The Coalfield Progress

• A federal judge sentenced a Norfolk letter carrier who stole 5,000 pieces of mail to five hours in jail, which is actually more than what prosecutors had asked for. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A man who led police on a 100 mph chase through Hampton Roads with a chicken loose in his car (he said he’d rescued it from a slaughter house) was sentenced to 10 years in prison. – The Virginian-Pilot

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