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Some are running out of options for individual insurance

ROANOKE (AP) About 70,000 people in Virginia could lose the option of buying individual health insurance plans next year. The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that the marketplace for individual insurance is collapsing in the state. Three insurers have announced they plan ...

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Challenge to government watch list can go forward

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to go forward. Government lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria to dismiss the lawsuit, filed in 2016. The plaintiffs, who ...

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Report: Suspect in 1975 sisters’ slaying to plead guilty

BEDFORD (AP) A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades. ...

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Gillespie proposes raising felony threshold

(AP) Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie is unveiling a series of criminal justice reform proposals that would lighten punishments for certain crimes. Gillespie said at a Richmond barbershop Aug. 6 that the state needed to rethink some of its ...

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Virginia prison blamed for inmates’ deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) Two inmates’ deaths and amputation of another’s leg have led to a contempt motion in federal court against a Virginia prison that settled complaints last year regarding health care. The Washington Post reports a Wednesday filing says Fluvanna Correctional Center ...

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Virginia death row has fewest number of inmates in decades

(AP) Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has ...

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Judge dismisses federal suit over mosque permit

CULPEPER (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a Justice Department lawsuit that alleged the Culpeper County board had discriminated against Muslims trying to build a new mosque when it denied a sewer permit. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon issued a ...

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Ex-city attorney plans to appeal fake threat conviction

PETERSBURG (AP) A former Petersburg city attorney plans to appeal after being convicted of making up threats to get a city council meeting cancelled. Lawyer Brian Telfair was found guilty of filing the false report last year, The Progress-Index reported ...

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Judge weighs fate of Charlottesville Confederate monument

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A circuit judge heard arguments but didn’t issue a final ruling Friday on whether a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s decision to remove the Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white nationalist rally should go to trial. After an ...

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Chesapeake to pay $200K to settle with man shot by police

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Delaware man accidentally shot by a Chesapeake officer who was trying to serve a warrant will get $200,000 from the city. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city agreed this week to pay Michael Lee Smith to settle a lawsuit ...

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