Remembering Barbara Johns, early voting begins for Virginia primaries, new internet in Norfolk, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Seventy years ago today, 16-year-old Barbara Johns organized a student walkout to protest unequal conditions in segregated schools in Prince Edward County.—Virginian-Pilot

• Early voting begins today for Virginia’s June 8 primaries.—WTOP

• Virginia restaurants can now reopen their bars, but some owners say patrons shouldn’t expect a quick return to normal.—Richmond Times-Dispatch 

• A Spotsylvania County man was shot multiple times by a sheriff’s deputy who had given him a ride home earlier the same night.—NBC Washington

• A man accused of murdering an Appalachian Trail hiker with a hunting knife in 2019 has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.—WDBJ7

• A Marion man pleaded guilty to a charge of interfering with federally protected housing rights after burning a cross on the yard of a neighbor who had organized a Black Lives Matter rally in the town.—Bristol Herald Courier

• Norfolk is getting a new internet network that will give households and businesses the option of buying the “highest commercially available internet speeds.”—Virginian-Pilot

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