The Bulletin

New Kent whistleblower, insurance for undocumented pregnant women, Va. is for lovers, and more headlines

By: - July 26, 2021 8:00 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• A woman from New Kent is preparing to go to prison for leaking confidential information from the Treasury Department to reporters that reveaed how “powerful global banks knowingly profit from corruption and how authorities around the world allow the dark economy to flourish.”  A journalist said: “She doesn’t belong in jail. She should be celebrated.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Joe Biden campaigned with Terry McAuliffe Friday at a rally that drew about 3,000 people. “Off-year election, the country’s looking. This is a big deal,” Biden said.—Associated Press

• Already this year there have been three spinal injuries on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.—Virginian-Pilot

• “Undocumented pregnant women in Virginia are now eligible for health insurance coverage during their pregnancy and up to 60 days postpartum through the state’s Medicaid agency.”—VPM

• Some in Southwest Virginia see opportunity for the region in marketing itself to workers who can bring their jobs with them because of remote work. “A lot of folks are looking at this region because they say that you can have a quality of life.”—WVTF

• Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe “for years have owned spacious homes in the wealthiest of Northern Virginia’s wealthy suburbs, in adjoining Zip codes that are as well-known for their powerful residents as they are for their gated mansions.”—Washington Post 

• A shortage of employees is the biggest hindrance as the hotel industry tries to rebound.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Frankly, I was kind of afraid that it was a little too risqué”: the story behind the state’s iconic “Virginia Is for Lovers” slogan.—Washington Post


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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]