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Virginia Medicaid to begin offering dental benefit, southern Va. hospitals troubled by low vaccinations, a Danville dam debate, and more headlines

By: - June 28, 2021 8:07 am
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  • Arlington Public Schools will remove police from school hallways in the fall following a unanimous vote by the school board Thursday night.—Washington Post
  • The Air Force is planning to permanently move its F-22 training program to Hampton’s Langley Air Force Base.—Daily Press
  • Virginia’s Medicaid program will begin offering a dental benefit this week, a change expected to impact more than 750,000 low-income people.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • “Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has become a pivotal player in the multi-trillion-dollar negotiations that will shape the Democrats’ electoral prospects, Joe Biden’s presidency and the future of the country.”—Axios
  • Virginia Rep. Bob Good spoke at a militia muster in Bedford County Saturday, calling the participants “proud patriots and constitutional conservatives.”—Roanoke Times
  • A former political consultant to ex-U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor was indicted on election fraud charges, the latest case arising from the 2018 scandal over forged petition signatures.—WAVY
  • Hospital officials in southern Virginia say the patients they’re seeing with COVID-19 are “much sicker” than a year ago. “Sovah Health is troubled by the low vaccination rates in our communities.”—Martinsville Bulletin
  • Danville officials are discussing removing a dam from the Dan River after a tubing tragedy in nearby Eden, N.C.—Danville Register & Bee
  • A Fairfax County judge said he might dismiss a high-profile police brutality case due to the conduct of the prosecutors, who have been accused of withholding exculpatory evidence.—Washington Post
  • A judge blasted federal prison officials for refusing to admit a Virginia man with mental health problems who later died by suicide in a local jail.—Associated Press
  • Though possession of small amounts of marijuana will become legal July 1, employers can still have drug-free workplaces and fire workers for positive drug tests.—Roanoke Times
  • Virginia officials approved a historical marker telling the story of a former slave who was one of the first to die in abolitionist John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.—Culpeper Star-Exponent
  • A Chesapeake man found a pre-Civil War anchor while “magnet fishing” in Suffolk. “You never know what’s down there.”—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]