Amazon negotiating in Crystal City; Bannon visits the 7th; Prince William jury rejects death penalty

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—Amazon is in advanced discussions to open its second headquarters in Northern Virginia’s Crystal City, though analysts cautioned Amazon might be having similar conversations with other finalists. The company has said it would announce its decision by the end of the year. (The Washington Post)

—Amazon execs were not thrilled by the report, with one tweeting “Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection. You’re not doing Crystal City, VA any favors. And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin.” (Bloomberg)

—Virginia voter registrars say the pace of absentee voting has been more in-line with presidential election years than midterms. (The Roanoke Times)

—Liberty University charged Corey Stewart’s campaign about $10,000 for access to its university-wide list of student email, a move campaign finance experts said is unusual for an educational institute. Liberty said it sees it as a way of “informing our constituency.” (The News & Advance)

— Steve Bannon told 7th District Republicans that if Rep. Dave Brat loses “we’re going to lose the House of Representatives.” (Richmond Times Dispatch)

—The Democratic candidate for Chesterfield County commonwealth’s attorney says he would reduce all felony drug offenses to misdemeanors for defendants charged with simple possession. His Republican opponent called the approach “a public safety disaster.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

— A Prince William County jury voted against the death penalty in a capital murder case in which prosecutors were seeking it for about the first time anyone can remember. The county and its commonwealth’s attorney has sent more defendants to death row than any other locality in Virginia. (The Washington Post)

— The General Assembly’s special session on redistricting, which went nowhere, cost the state about $40,000. (Daily Press)

— Tidal flooding and all the surface garbage it sucks back into the Chesapeake Bay when it recedes is the fastest growing source of pollution in the bay, according to recent research, which suggests the problem is only going to get worse. (The Virginian Pilot)

— Virginia colleges issued a record 119,980 graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates last school year. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

— A family of six wild horses living on North Carolina beaches had to be removed to a farm after they kept trying to cross the border into Virginia, where officials worried they’d end up in populated areas like Virginia Beach. (Associated Press)

— Culpeper County election officials will be handing out “I Voted” stickers designed by county fourth graders. (WTOP)