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Lawsuit over upcoming ban on slots-like video games, Richmond police review of 2020 protests, balloon releases set to become illegal, and more headlines

By: - June 29, 2021 8:04 am
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  • A group of Asian-American business owners has filed a lawsuit claiming Virginia’s upcoming ban on slots-like video games in convenience stores amounts to racial discrimination. As evidence, the suit points to comments from senators who called the games “sleazy” and dubbed the ban “the Ali Baba bill.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A Portsmouth firefighter was shot Monday night while responding to a call for downed wires.—WAVY
  • The city of Richmond paid $219,000 to hire a consultant to review its law enforcement policies after last summer’s protests. The results of that review are unknown.—WRIC
  • “Stream crossings continue to muddy the waters for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.”—Roanoke Times
  • Releasing balloons will become illegal in Virginia come July 1, with each infraction punishable by a $25 fine.—Virginian-Pilot
  • Five new gun control laws are also taking effect this week.—WRIC
  • Gov. Ralph Northam held a ceremonial signing Monday for several new bills meant to expand voter access.—NBC12
  • “Science fiction’s promise of creating organs for study or transplant is another step closer to reality, thanks to a tiny, manmade embryonic mouse in a University of Virginia School of Medicine laboratory.”—Daily Progress

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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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