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Virginia is for felonies? Petty theft law from 1980s sticks

(AP) Stealing a $230 pair of eyeglasses would land you a misdemeanor conviction in most states. Shoplifting the same item in Virginia could make you a felon for life. To keep pace with inflation, at least 30 states have raised ...

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Federal appeals court declines to halt Virginia execution

(AP) A federal appeals court has refused to put a Virginia death row inmate’s execution on hold so he can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued an order Thursday declining ...

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Wilder blasts Morrissey over lawsuit

(AP) Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is accusing former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey of filing a bogus lawsuit against him to gain publicity. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Wilder has filed a motion to dismiss Morrissey’s lawsuit and has asked ...

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Sessions pushes anti-crime agenda in Richmond

(AP) The Justice Department will encourage cities to revive violent crime-fighting strategies of the 1990s that focused on sending certain gun crimes to federal court, where they carry longer sentences in far-away prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. Sessions ...

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Doctor indicted on murder charge; woman still missing

MIDLOTHIAN (AP) Chesterfield County police have arrested a physician after he was indicted for allegedly killing his girlfriend, who has been missing since 2014. The department said in a news release that officers arrested 39-year-old Dr. John E. Gibbs II ...

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Case challenging driver’s license suspensions dismissed

(AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law automatically suspending the driver’s licenses of people who can’t pay court costs and fines. Judge Norman K. Moon said Monday that his court does not have jurisdiction over ...

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Trial over Virginia’s 2011 legislative boundaries begins

(AP) Virginia legislative boundaries being challenged by a redistricting advocacy group were approved with bipartisan support and are constitutionally sound, an attorney for the Republican-controlled House of Delegates said Monday during the opening of a trial over the 2011 electoral ...

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Lawyer: Dad charged in son’s death had collected insurance

MANASSAS (AP) According to prosecutors, Joaquin Shadow Rams had grown accustomed to living off the life insurance proceeds of dead family members. So when the money ran out, he turned to his 1-year-old son to cash in again. Rams’ murder ...

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Father charged in slaying of son goes on trial

MANASSAS (AP) A Virginia man is going on trial for the death of his 1-year-old son, more than four years after the boy’s death. Prosecutors say Joaquin Rams murdered his son Prince to collect on more than $500,000 in life ...

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6 arrested in insurance fraud scheme

(AP) Virginia prosecutors say six people have been arrested for their alleged roles in an insurance fraud scheme that involved setting 30 fires. Federal prosecutors say the defendants over the course of 16 years set fire to homes, trailers, mobile ...

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