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Officer’s trial exposes fault lines over police shootings

PORTSMOUTH (AP) It’s a familiar story: an unarmed black male killed at the hands of a white law enforcement officer. But it didn’t take place in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, or any of the other cities most recently at the center ...

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GOP leaders urge feds to dismiss McDonnell case

(AP) Top Virginia Republicans have asked the U.S. Justice Department to stop trying to convict former Gov. Bob McDonnell of corruption. House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch ...

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Anne Holton resigns as secretary of education

(AP) Anne Holton, wife of vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, has resigned as Virginia’s Secretary of Education. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced July 26 that Anne Holton stepped down from the cabinet-level post because her husband had been picked to be Hillary Clinton’s ...

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Former Va. Tech students indicted in teen’s slaying

(AP) Two former Virginia Tech students were indicted Tuesday in the slaying of a seventh-grade girl who was found dead last January days after authorities say she sneaked out of her window to rendezvous with the older teens, a county ...

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McAuliffe moves to restore rights individually

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November’s election will be able to vote. McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end ...

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Man claims DNA proves innocence in 1977 rape

(AP) A Chesapeake man says he plans to ask the Supreme Court of Virginia to clear his name after DNA evidence proved he did not rape a 12-year-old girl in the 1970s. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Roy Watford III ...

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State asks U.S. high court to reject death row appeal

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general’s office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the appeal of a death row inmate. Lawyers for Ricky Gray have asked the court to hear his appeal of this death sentence. Gray was sentenced to death ...

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Supreme Court nixes order restoring felons’ voting rights

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state’s highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority. In a 4-3 decision, the ...

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Appeals court delay requested in McDonnell case

(AP) Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case to allow both sides time to analyze it. The U.S. attorney’s office said ...

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AG, feds join to fight human trafficking

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general and federal officials are teaming up to fight human trafficking in the state. Attorney General Mark Herring joined Maria Odom, chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, in Richmond on Wednesday to announce the ...

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