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Virginia earns accolades for focus on trains, McAuliffe proposes Medicaid ‘buy-in’ plan, a pig sanctuary in Frederick County, and more headlines

By: - June 16, 2021 8:06 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• “The quest to get more residents on trains has earned Virginia accolades and a national spotlight, particularly as new transportation priorities in Washington elevate multimodal travel with an eye on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”—Washington Post

• Police in Virginia Beach are rolling out new body camera technology that will automatically turn on nearby officers’ cameras when guns are drawn.—Virginian-Pilot

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing a Medicaid “buy-in” plan for Virginians who make too much money to qualify for the program but still struggle to afford health care.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Attorney General Mark Herring and Republican challenger Jason Miyares clashed over guns, voting, police reform and crime in their first general-election debate.—Washington Post

• Virginia tourism officials want $50 million in coronavirus relief funding to help rejuvenate the hard-hit hospitality industry.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• After passage of the Clean Economy Act, Virginia is one of the top five states for solar energy.—Energy News Network

• Virginians have wagered more than $1 billion since legal sports betting launched in the state earlier this year, making it the most popular form of gambling overseen by the Virginia Lottery.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Natural Bridge State Park is getting a new owner, but visitors probably won’t see any difference.—Roanoke Times

• “Couple’s pig sanctuary is hog heaven for abused, neglected swine.”—Winchester Star

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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]