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Judge denies Matthew suppression motion

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge has denied a defense motion to suppress some evidence in the case of a man charged with killing a University of Virginia student. Media outlets reported that Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins ruled Thursday against ...

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Appeals court upholds Virginia health care facility law

(AP) A Virginia law that requires government approval for new or expanded health care facilities is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected a claim that Virginia’s “certificate ...

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Feds reject proposed forest route for pipeline

(AP) The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the proposed route of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia because of concerns over the project’s impact on an endangered salamander and other resources. In a ...

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Lawmakers go on fundraising frenzy before session

(AP) Want to know who gave your state delegate or senator money just before the legislative session started? Tough luck. Like they do every year, Virginia lawmakers kept busy raising money from the businesses and trade associations that try to ...

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Herring will defend electric rate freeze law he opposed

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring plans to fight a legal challenge to a new law related to electric rates his office said could lead to Dominion Virginia Power’s customers paying $1.5 billion more than is fair. Herring’s office said ...

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Senate panel blocks move to decriminalize adultery

(AP) A legislative panel has rejected a bill to decriminalize adultery in Virginia. Media outlets reported that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure on a voice vote Monday. State law classifies marital infidelity as a misdemeanor punishable ...

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U.S. justices will hear McDonnell’s appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court will hear former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his public corruption convictions. The justices said Friday that they will review lower court rulings that upheld the convictions based on what McDonnell says is an ...

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Judge allows GOP loyalty pledge

(AP) Donald Trump supporters have lost the first round in their battle to prevent the Republican Party from requiring voters to sign a statement of GOP affiliation before casting ballots in Virginia’s presidential primary. U.S. District Judge Hannah M. Lauck ...

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Day care teacher convicted in ‘baby fight club’ case

MANASSAS (AP) A day care teacher who turned her classroom into what a prosecutor called a “baby fight club” was convicted Wednesday on more than a dozen criminal charges. Sarah Jordan, 31, of Woodbridge, was the lead teacher of 1-year-old ...

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Judge to rule Thursday on GOP ‘loyalty oath’

(AP) A federal judge said she will rule Thursday on a bid by Donald Trump supporters to immediately block the use of a party affiliation statement in Virginia’s Republican presidential primary. U.S. District Judge Hannah Lauck vigorously questioned lawyers about ...

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