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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 7:56 am
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  • 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, Virginian-Pilot
  • A former NASCAR driver turned truck stop owner is teaming up with a state senator to try to get the courts to block Virginia’s upcoming ban on so-called skill games, the slots-like gambling machines in bars and convenience stores throughout the state.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • To defend itself against antitrust claims, Virginia-based tobacco giant Altria is trying to convince an administrative-law judge its efforts to create a popular e-cigarette product were a total failure.—Wall Street Journal
  • An attorney for a Fairfax County police officer accused of using excessive force against a Black man has accused the local prosecutor of withholding exculpatory evidence, a claim the prosecutor rejects.—Washington Post
  • Virginia’s Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a man who recorded a nude video of a woman in her own bedroom, “rejecting his argument she had no expectation of privacy because they were in a relationship.”—WTOP
  • Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is asking Richmond officials to hold off on removing empty Confederate pedestals from Monument Avenue until the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts finishes its plan for reimagining the boulevard.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • “Nelson County will officially mark the one-year anniversary of the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — July 5 — as a commemorative day of celebration.”—Nelson County Times
  • Virginia’s friendlier laws for sperm donors may help a North Carolina man avoid having to pay almost $14,000 in child support for helping a friend get pregnant a decade ago.—Charlotte Observer
  • “Crab prices are through the roof and Hampton Roads seafood restaurants are reeling.”—Virginian-Pilot

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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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