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Author Archives: The Associated Press

State questions whether to release older prisoners

(AP) When Virginia abolished parole to great fanfare in 1995, a safety valve of sorts was put in place: “Geriatric release.” That is, inmates 60 and older are considered annually for release, regardless of their sentence, so long as they ...

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Conservative group challenges abortion regulation changes

RICHMOND (AP) The conservative Family Foundation of Virginia is filing a legal challenge over the way the state did away with restrictive regulations for abortion centers. The group said Friday it filed an administrative appeal in Henrico County Circuit Court ...

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Gov. McAuliffe calls off execution for death-row inmate (access required)

(AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday called off a man’s execution in a 2006 murder-for-hire case, citing concerns about false information provided to jurors that he believes influenced their decision to sentence him to death. Ivan Teleguz was scheduled ...

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McAuliffe again urged to spare inmate

(AP)  Virginia’s Democratic governor is facing mounting pressure to halt next week’s scheduled execution of an inmate whose case has seen two witnesses recant, years after he was convicted of ordering his ex-girlfriend’s killing. Ivan Teleguz, 38, is scheduled to ...

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Former Norfolk official gets 6 years in corruption case

NORFOLK (AP) A man who had served on Norfolk’s City Council and as the city’s treasurer was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for selling his votes to developers. Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr. said the prison term ...

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Feds investigating alleged school discrimination

(AP) Federal officials are opening an investigation into accusations that public schools in Virginia’s capital city more frequently and more harshly punish black students and those with disabilities than their classmates. The Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights said ...

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Fatal Virginia drug overdoses climb to over 1,400 in 2016

(AP) Virginia health officials have identified a significant increase in fatal drug overdoses between 2015 and 2016. The Washington Post reports at least 1,420 people in Virginia died of overdoses in 2016, a 38 percent increase. A state report also ...

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Court deals blow to challenge of schools’ LGBT protections

(AP) The  Supreme Court of Virginia has dealt a blow to a bid to overturn protections for gay and transgender students at a northern Virginia school district. Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student filed a ...

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Father convicted of murdering son for life insurance

MANASSAS (AP) Joaquin Shadow Rams plotted to kill his infant son from nearly the time he was born, finally snuffing out his life at age 15 months when the opportunity presented itself, a Virginia judge ruled Thursday. Rams was convicted ...

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Lawyers ask to withdraw from shooting case

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Attorneys for a security guard charged with fatally shooting a 60-year-old man in Chesapeake are seeking to withdraw from the case. Defense attorneys say their communication with 22-year-old Jonathan Cromwell has “broken down” and they no longer feel ...

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