Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, April 25.
The Federal Aviation Administration approved Google’s aviation division for commercial drone deliveries. The drone deliveries will first launch in Virginia’s southwestern region. (Inside NoVA)
On Tuesday, the Leesburg Town Council voted to end the spraying of a controversial herbicide along three area waterways, and replace it will goats to help clear undergrowth. (Loudoun Times-Mirror)
Absentee voting begins Friday for the Virginia primaries for state and local offices. This is the final statewide primary where a reason will be required for all absentee voters. A new law will allow voters to vote early in the final 11 days of the election. (WTOP)
A federal subsidy for Metro would increase to $200 million a year on condition that the agency adopt new oversight and safety measures, under legislation the region’s senators plan to introduce. (The Washington Post)