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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]

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ODU commissions inquiry into Blake Bailey allegations, expert warns of more COVID outbreaks this fall, great white spotted near the Outer Banks, and more headlines

By: - June 25, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • After apologizing for its initial pushback, Old Dominion University is commissioning an “independent inquiry” into allegations that former professor and Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey sexually harassed and abused women while at the school.—Virginian-Pilot • A Democratic congressman appeared to yell “Racist!” as […]

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Dismissal of Fairfax defamation suit against CBS upheld, state budget surplus could be closer to $2 billion, current Virginia Constitution turns 50, and more headlines

By: - June 24, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s $400 million defamation lawsuit against CBS.—Richmond Times-Dispatch “The repercussions are still being felt from a contentious Loudoun County school board meeting that has left some residents fuming and others fearful on […]

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Chaos at Loudoun School Board meeting over transgender policy, a time capsule in Richmond’s Lee statue, descendants of slaves to have a voice in Montpelier governance, and more headlines

By: - June 23, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere A Loudoun County School Board meeting on a new policy for transgender students got so chaotic that public comment was shut down early and one person was arrested.—NBC Washington  A 134-year-old time capsule is hidden inside the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond. […]

A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

Del. Dave LaRock’s spot on the ballot in question over paperwork issue

By: - June 22, 2021

Conservative Del. Dave LaRock’s bid for re-election has hit a snag after a local party official failed to file paperwork declaring him the GOP nominee before a state-imposed deadline passed this month. On Tuesday, a Republican lawyer asked the State Board of Elections to certify LaRock, R-Loudoun, as a candidate anyway, despite the board’s recent […]

Car crashes decreased in Virginia during the pandemic, but deaths went up

By: - June 22, 2021

The number of crashes on Virginia roads plummeted in 2020, according to new data, but the number of traffic deaths rose to the highest level in more than a decade. A total of 847 people died in traffic accidents last year, a roughly 2.4 percent increase over 2019. Numbers worsened in what transportation officials call […]

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Donovon Lynch’s father files wrongful death suit, Altria casts e-cig efforts as total failure, crab prices spiking, and more headlines

By: - June 22, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The father of Donovon Lynch, a 25-year-old Black man fatally shot by police at the Virginia Beach oceanfront in March, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. A witness has also come forward to say the officer said nothing to Lynch before shooting him.—Virginian-Pilot, […]

Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Delegate agrees to pay full costs of primary-season mailer sent on House letterhead

By: - June 22, 2021

Virginia Del. Mark Levine has agreed to cover the full costs of a political mailer critics said crossed the line separating campaign messaging and official House of Delegates business. As a perk of office, House members have access to up to $750 of taxpayer-funded postage to send mail keeping their constituents up to speed on […]

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Juneteenth at Fort Monroe, an “epidemic of violence” in Hampton Roads, possible funds for overcrowded mental hospitals, and more headlines

By: - June 21, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Gov. Ralph Northam and others celebrated Juneteenth at Fort Monroe, the state’s “public commemoration of its only holiday recognizing the end of enslavement.”—Washington Post “In the midst of the pandemic, an epidemic of violence has gripped Hampton Roads and beyond.”—Virginian-Pilot A team of […]

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Norfolk sued over casino, eviction protections expiring, police dog raises controversy in Rocky Mount, and more headlines

By: - June 18, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A developer is suing the city of Norfolk, claiming officials broke a deal to help the company build a casino by working with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe instead.—Virginian-Pilot • “How Trump Republican Tim Anderson beat out Chris Stolle for GOP nomination in […]

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Early release for inmates coming to an end, advocates call for repeal of law banning public mask use, an avian murder, and more headlines

By: - June 17, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia’s early release plan for inmates amid the COVID-19 crisis is coming to an end. More than 2,000 inmates were released early since the pandemic began.—Virginian-Pilot • When Virginia’s state of emergency ends June 30, a state law banning wearing masks in […]

Defying early expectations, Virginia is coming out of the pandemic flush with cash

By: - June 17, 2021

Fourteen months ago, Virginia policymakers dramatically curtailed their ambitions for the state budget, expecting the COVID-19 pandemic to bring havoc to the economy and, by extension, the tax dollars that fund the government. As the world moves closer to normal, Virginia is flush with cash, with officials expecting a budget surplus that could exceed $1 […]

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Virginia earns accolades for focus on trains, McAuliffe proposes Medicaid ‘buy-in’ plan, a pig sanctuary in Frederick County, and more headlines

By: - June 16, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “The quest to get more residents on trains has earned Virginia accolades and a national spotlight, particularly as new transportation priorities in Washington elevate multimodal travel with an eye on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”—Washington Post • Police in Virginia Beach are rolling […]