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Report finds problems with state contracting

(AP) Virginia’s $6 billion-a-year contracting system has serious flaws — including multi-million dollar contracts managed by untrained staff and contracts that are prepared without legal review, according to a new state report issued June 13. The General Assembly’s watchdog agency, ...

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School board to seek review of transgender case

(AP) A Virginia school board says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision allowing a transgender student to use the boys’ restrooms at his school. The Gloucester County School Board divulged its plans in ...

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US high court to look at Virginia districts

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court said Monday it will review a districting plan for the Virginia House of Delegates that challengers say gives too little power to African-American voters in an effort to boost Republican strength. The case concerns claims ...

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Lawsuit filed in death of mentally ill inmate

FAIRFAX (AP) The family of a mentally ill woman who died after being stunned multiple times by a Taser at the Fairfax County jail has filed a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit. Thirty-seven-year-old Natasha McKenna of Alexandria died in February ...

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Death penalty dedeadline set in Easter slaying case

(AP) Prosecutors have two months to decide whether a Henrico County man charged in the shooting deaths of his parents will face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a judge on June 2 ordered prosecutor Shannon ...

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4th Circuit rules terror defendant can be forcibly medicated

(AP) A mentally ill North Carolina man accused of trying to join al Qaida-linked fighters in Syria can be forcibly medicated to see if that will make him competent for trial, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel ...

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Appeals court refuses to rehear transgender restroom case

(AP) The debate over whether transgender students should be able to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling ...

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Court: No warrant needed for cell tower records

(AP) Police do not have to get a search warrant to obtain records about cellphone locations in criminal investigations, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case closely watched by privacy rights advocates. The 12-3 decision by the full 4th ...

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GOP seeks special court session on felon voting rights

(AP) Republican legislative leaders want the Supreme Court of Virginia to hold a special session to consider their lawsuit against Gov. Terry McAuliffe over voting rights for felons. GOP leaders filed a lawsuit in the court Monday in an effort ...

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