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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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Verdict coming for father charged in death of 1-year-old son

MANASSAS (AP) Misfortune has befallen those close to Joaquin Shadow Rams. His ex-girlfriend was shot and killed in 2003. His mother died in 2008, her passing ruled a suicide. And his 1-year-old son, Prince McLeod Rams, died in his father’s ...

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Conservatives urge McAuliffe to spare inmate’s life

(AP) More than two dozen conservatives are the latest group calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare the life of a death row inmate who claims he’s innocent. Ivan Teleguz is scheduled to be executed on April 25 unless McAuliffe ...

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Rolling Stone settles defamation case with UVa administrator

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Lawyers say Rolling Stone magazine and an administrator at the University of Virginia have reached a settlement in a defamation case over a story about an alleged gang rape on campus. The Washington Post reports the magazine reached ...

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McAuliffe urged to halt man’s scheduled execution

(AP) The Virginia Council of Churches and two state lawmakers are urging Virginia’s governor to halt the planned execution of an inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend. The church group delivered a letter to Gov. Terry ...

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