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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 8:11 am
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  • 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 both sides of a bitter debate.”—Washington Post
  • An investigation by Virginia’s watchdog agency led to the arrest of a retired tax department employee accused of embezzling almost $1.3 million in public money.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Virginia’s projected budget surplus might be closer to $2 billion.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A quarter of the incoming freshman class at Northern Virginia’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be economically disadvantaged students, a jump attributed to changes to the school’s admissions policies.—Washington Post
  • President Joe Biden gave the eulogy at the funeral of former U.S. Sen. John Warner, “praising the late lawmaker’s legacy of bipartisanship at a time when there is very little of it.”—CBS News
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Virginia drug dealer who is serving a 41-year murder sentence that he claims is the result of vindictive prosecution.”—Associated Press
  • John McAfee, the enigmatic antivirus software pioneer who grew up in the Roanoke Valley, was found dead in a Spanish prison while facing extradition to the United States on tax evasion charges.—Associated Press/Roanoke Times
  • A coal mine operator developing a solar farm on formerly mined land in Southwest Virginia is one of many businesses nationwide eyeing post-industrial lands as promising sites for solar and wind development.—Reuters
  • At least five other states besides Virginia are struggling to figure out why birds, especially blue jays, grackles and European starlings, are dying in increased numbers.—NBC News
  • The revamped Virginia Constitution is turning 50.—VPM

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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]