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Supreme Court could decide transgender case. Or not.

WASHINGTON (AP) Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys’ bathroom and the Virginia school board that won’t let him still want the Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump ...

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Governor signs bills aimed at stemming opioid epidemic

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a set of bills that aim to stem Virginia’s growing opioid epidemic. Among the measures he signed into law is one allowing community organizations to possess and dispense naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug, McAuliffe’s office ...

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House Republicans name leadership team

(AP) The Virginia GOP House caucus has named its leadership team in an important election year. The Republicans officially named House Majority Leader Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights as speaker designee, the de facto replacement for retiring Speaker William J. ...

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Assembly splits on inmate compensation

A man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit could be getting $1.55 million from the state of Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a bill to provide compensation to 60-year-old Keith Allen ...

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Appeals court upholds assault weapons ban

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.In a 10-4 ruling, the ...

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4th Circuit upholds law barring party ID for local races

(AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a Virginia law allowing only federal, statewide and General Assembly candidates to be identified by party affiliation on the ballot. The Powhatan County Republican Committee sued the Virginia State board of Elections over ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal from Virginia death row inmate

(AP) The nation’s highest court refused Tuesday to hear the appeal of a Virginia death row inmate who killed a hospital security guard and sheriff’s deputy during an escape and sparked a massive manhunt that shut down Virginia Tech’s campus ...

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Howell announces retirement

(AP) House Speaker William J. Howell, a long-serving conservative who is one of the state’s most powerful politicians, said Monday he will retire when his term ends in January. The 73-year-old speaker made the announcement during an emotional House floor ...

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4th Circuit affirms Virginia uranium mining ban

(AP) A federal appeals court has rejected a Virginia company’s bid to end the state’s decades-long ban on uranium mining. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Friday upheld the ruling of a district ...

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Anne Holton named to education board

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Anne Holton, a former state secretary of education and wife of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, to the state education board. McAuliffe announced Holton’s appointment Friday. Holton served as McAuliffe’s education secretary until last year. ...

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