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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 8:05 am
Virginia Mercury

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 public will go back into effect. Police say it won’t be enforced against people wearing masks for health reasons, but some advocates want to get rid of the law altogether.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Spotsylvania County man pleaded guilty to federal charges for getting women to illegally buy 62 guns for him. He then resold the weapons, and some of the guns were used in crimes in other states.—Free Lance-Star

• A federal appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by a young woman who claims administrators at her Fairfax County high school were dismissive of her after she reported being sexually assaulted on a band trip.—Associated Press

• Princess Blanding, an activist whose brother was fatally shot by Richmond police, gathered enough petition signatures to be on the ballot in Virginia’s governor’s race as a third-party candidate.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Some Loudoun County teachers are upset that administrators and nurses got pandemic bonuses while they were thanked with “challenge coins.”—NBC Washington

• The University of Virginia’s Kluge-Ruhe museum is returning some of its art created by indigenous Australians.—WVTF

• “Sordid love triangle leads to possible avian murder and a new falcon high above Virginia Beach.”—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]