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ODU commissions inquiry into Blake Bailey allegations, expert warns of more COVID outbreaks this fall, great white spotted near the Outer Banks, and more headlines

By: - June 25, 2021 8:08 am
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• After apologizing for its initial pushback, Old Dominion University is commissioning an “independent inquiry” into allegations that former professor and Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey sexually harassed and abused women while at the school.—Virginian-Pilot

• A Democratic congressman appeared to yell “Racist!” as Virginia Rep. Bob Good questioned an education official about critical race theory.—Washington Post

• More KKK fliers referencing the Loudoun County School Board appeared in Northern Virginia Thursday morning.—Washington Post

• “We are not out of the woods.” A Virginia health official said the state could see more COVID-19 outbreaks in the fall, particularly in areas that have been slower on vaccines.—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia is seeing an uptick in police officers being decertified for misconduct under a new law meant to ban problem officers from getting new jobs in law enforcement.—Prince William Times

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing for five debates against Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, who has only agreed to one so far.—Washington Post

• Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed the state’s first Children’s Ombudsman.—Associated Press

• “A new kind of search warrant slammed by critics as a ‘digital dragnet’ is under challenge in federal court, and a judge will soon rule on whether to toss out evidence that nabbed a suspected Chesterfield County bank robber two years ago.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• After defeating a longtime Republican incumbent by portraying him as soft on election fraud claims, GOP lawyer Wren Williams is taking on a Black Lives Matter organizer in his bid for a Southwest Virginia House of Delegates seat.—Washington Post

• Appalachian Power is asking Virginia regulators to approve a rate increase to pay for environmental upgrades at two coal-fired power plants in West Virginia.—Roanoke Times

• A group is planning to give out free marijuana seeds to anyone interested in growing their own plants at home. Small-scale home grows will become legal July 1.—WTVR

• “An 11-foot great white shark named Bluenose was spotted Wednesday near the coast of the Outer Banks.”—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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