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Half of Virginia school buildings 50 or more years old, a $1 billion state budget surplus, Times-Dispatch columnist Williams wins Pulitzer, and more headlines

By: - June 14, 2021 8:00 am
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• The blackface scandal almost took down Gov. Ralph Northam. But to many Black leaders in Virginia, Northam will leave office as “the most racially progressive governor in the state’s history.”—New York Times

• A new state report shows about half of Virginia’s school buildings are 50 or more years old.—Bristol Herald Courier

• Virginia Tech says students still won’t be able to have marijuana on campus after it becomes legal July 1.—Roanoke Times

• Arlington County, the former home of Robert E. Lee, plans to rename its portion of Lee Highway for abolitionist John Langston, Virginia’s first Black member of Congress.—Associated Press

• Virginia may end up with a $1 billion budget surplus due to emergency COVID-19 aid and a rebounding economy.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Washington Post’s fact checker gives former Gov. Terry McAuliffe four Pinocchios for doubling down on a previously debunked claim that he inherited a record budget deficit from Republicans in his first term.—Washington Post

• No matter who wins the race for lieutenant governor, Virginia will have a woman of color in statewide office for the first time ever.—Associated Press

• Longtime Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary last week for “penetrating and historically insightful columns that led Richmond, a former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city’s monuments to white supremacy.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former state delegate Bob Tata, “a popular and outspoken Republican legislator,” died Friday at 91.—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]