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House seeks to expand death penalty again (access required)

The House has voted to expand the death penalty once again in the state with the nation’s second busiest death chamber. The House voted 73-25 Tuesday to expand Virginia’s “triggerman rule,” which reserves capital punishment for the person who actually ...

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Crossover day: A checklist (access required)

Key initiatives that remain alive and those killed as the Virginia General Assembly reached “crossover day” Tuesday – the deadline for each chamber to pass its own bills and advance them to the opposite chamber. Survivors included: • Barring payday lenders ...

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Loudoun board nixes hospital proposal (access required)

LEESBURG—The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has rejected a proposal to build a hospital in the county. The 5-4 vote on Tuesday came after five years of debate involving a proposal by Hospital Corporation of America to add a 164-bed ...

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Griffith to donate historic pamphlet (access required)

Del. Morgan Griffith is donating a historic pamphlet to the Library of Virginia. The Republican from Salem recently found the 1799 legislative volume in his law office and decided donating it was the best way to keep it preserved. The ...

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Ex-Farm Bureau lawyer sentenced to 15 years (access required)

GOOCHLAND—A former lawyer for the Virginia Farm Bureau has been sentenced to a 15-year prison term for stealing $2 million from the organization. At his sentencing Tuesday, 49-year-old Lawrence H. Bidwell was also ordered to pay $2.1 million in restitution ...

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