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House votes to expand death penalty

The House of Delegates yesterday approved a bill to expand the death penalty to cover an accomplice in a killing who shares the triggerman’s intent to kill. The House voted 73-25 yesterday to expand Virginia’s “triggerman rule,” which reserves capital ...

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Former PD Boatwright dead at 56

Former Richmond public defender John B. Boatwright III died this past Monday after an illness. He was 56. Mr. Boatwright was a 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia law school. He worked in private practice until 2002, when he ...

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“Puff-and-go” bill advances

An ignition interlock measure for DUI offenders has passed its second reading in the House of Delegates. The bill would require all first-time DUI offenders to equip their vehicles with breath-testing machines for six months, reports The Virginian-Pilot. The ignition ...

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Prayer bill approved by House

The House of Delegates yesterday passed a bill to let police chaplains pray to Jesus Christ, but the governor is threatening a veto. According to The Free Lance-Star, the issue arose after a federal appeals court upheld a Fredericksburg City ...

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Autism coverage bill fails

A House subcommittee refused to act on a bill that would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment for people under 21. The Virginian-Pilot reports that HB1588 would have covered $36,000 a year and exempt businesses with 25 or fewer ...

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Mims has roots in Harrisonburg

Bill Mims, who is likely to be the commonwealth’s next attorney general, was an All-District offensive tackle for the Harrisonburg High School Blue Streaks in the early 1970s. Mims was born and raised in Harrisonburg, according to a profile piece ...

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