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The unusual recall effort against Sen. Lucas, no changes in state mask mandate despite delta variant, high levels of police force in Fairfax, and more headlines

By: - June 30, 2021 8:03 am
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  • Experts say the recall effort against influential Sen. Louise Lucas is one of the first times the process, which relies on the courts rather than new elections, has been used to try to unseat a state lawmaker.—Virginian-Pilot
  • Virginia isn’t planning to restore its COVID-19 mask guidance despite concerns about the delta variant.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • After four indictments, the special prosecutor investigating the 2018 Scott Taylor petition scandal says his work isn’t done yet.—Virginian-Pilot
  • A new study found Fairfax County police use force against both Black and White residents “at levels higher than expected by researchers.”—Washington Post
  • As Virginia starts a new budget year, state employees will be seeing 5 percent pay raises in their next paychecks.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Charlottesville officials say they can’t open one of their public pools for the summer due to a lifeguard shortage.—Daily Progress
  • An Augusta County supervisor is under fire after jokingly suggesting a former supervisor could be dressed as “a monkey” before joining protesters demanding law enforcement body cameras.—Staunton News Leader
  • “A Fredericksburg man on Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria to selling ivory from whales and elephants online.”—Washington Post
  • Virginians will still be able to get to-go cocktails for at least another year after the COVID-19 state of emergency ends.—WTOP

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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]