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Graham Moomaw

Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]

Richmond Council embraces some police reform, eligibility hearings stymie unemployment relief, how school fights can lead to assault charges, and more headlines

By: - July 28, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Richmond City Council voted on several police reform measures, taking steps toward establishing a civilian review board and improving mental health responses. But the council overwhelmingly rejected a resolution some saw as a move toward defunding police.—Richmond Times-Dispatch •  Gov. Ralph […]

A weekend of unrest in Richmond, Black workers hit hard by COVID-19 job losses, Hampton Roads seabird relocation a success, and more headlines

By: - July 27, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A weekend protest march in Richmond turned destructive as attendees clashed with police, lit a dump truck on fire and damaged several businesses and VCU buildings. The event was advertised as a show of solidarity with like-minded demonstrators squaring off against federal agents in Portland.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]

Some Virginia Democrats want to ‘defelonize’ assaults on cops. Here’s what that means.

By: - July 20, 2020

Flying onion rings may be the stuff of cafeteria food fights. But in Virginia, they can mean prison time if you hit a cop. A young Hispanic woman learned that the hard way in late 2013 when she encountered a group of police officers one night at a Northern Virginia restaurant, according to Vernida Chaney, […]

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Washington NFL team faces sexual harassment accusations, Va. judge tests positive for COVID, CAA cancels fall football, and more headlines

By: - July 17, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Numerous women, airing what they said was endemic sexual harassment in the upper management of the Washington NFL franchise, said the team’s summer training camp in Richmond was “a hotbed of improper activity.” — The Washington Post • UVA announced all students will […]

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Virginia State trooper on leave after violent traffic stop, two killed in Richmond shootings, hungry bear visits Suffolk, and more headlines

By: - July 16, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Loss of control and a lack of training” were cited as the cause of a helicopter crash that killed two state troopers during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, per the National Transportation Safety Board. —Associated Press • The Virginia […]

Hampton police file charges against BLM protester, school districts grapple with fall reopening, a rogue python in Amherst, and more headlines

By: - July 15, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Hanover County School Board, which had been a holdout, voted to rename two schools named for Confederate leaders.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Rep. Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Southwest Virginia, tested positive for COVID-19. His advice? “I think people should wear a mask.”—Roanoke […]

Virginia judge upholds most of new law requiring background checks for all gun sales

By: - July 14, 2020

A Virginia judge has ruled that most of the state’s new law requiring background checks on all gun sales does not violate constitutional rights, except for a wrinkle that effectively bans people between the ages of 18 and 21 from buying handguns. Rejecting the bulk of a challenge brought by gun-rights groups, Lynchburg Circuit Court […]

NoVa COVID-19 cases trending down, Westmoreland County cases surge, new Richmond police chief’s vision for the department, and more headlines

By: - July 14, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia Tech is blasting a Trump administration policy that might force international students to go home if their campuses don’t open in the fall. Southwest Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith, a Republican, is defending it.—Roanoke Times • Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker said UVA’s plan […]

Virginia Del. Jay Jones announces run for attorney general

By: - July 13, 2020

Democratic Del. Jay Jones formally announced a campaign for attorney general Monday, spotlighting his family’s history at the forefront of civil rights battles as he seeks to become the first African American to hold the office. “This decision we’re making today is generations in the making,” Jones, a 31-year-old lawyer from Norfolk, said in a […]

Washington football team expected to change name, a confusion of Lees in Lee County, restaurants struggle with mask mandate, and more headlines

By: - July 13, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Washington NFL franchise is expected to announce it’s changing its name amid mounting pressure from corporate sponsors.—Washington Post • Gov. Ralph Northam suggested he might modify reopening guidelines as COVID-19 cases, particularly in Hampton Roads, continue to rise.—WSET • A woman from […]

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (Scott Elmquist/Style Weekly)

For now, McAuliffe is on the sidelines of Virginia’s 2021 governor race. Some wish he’d stay there.

By: - July 13, 2020

He’s not officially on the comeback trail yet, but it wasn’t hard to see the message former Gov. Terry McAuliffe was sending last week. He announced his PAC had raised $1.7 million in two months, an astounding sum for someone who’s been out of office for two-and-a-half years and technically isn’t running for anything. His […]

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Judge blocks new monument removal in Richmond, Neptune Festival canceled, VMI alumni request review of building names, and more headlines

By: - July 10, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Richmond judge issued a 60-day injunction preventing Mayor Levar Stoney from removing any more Confederate statues, but most of them are already down. The judge took Stoney’s administration to task over “rioters” and police being told to “stand down.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]