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DuPont to pay $50M over mercury-contaminated Virginia rivers

(AP) Chemical giant DuPont will pay more than $50 million but admit no fault under a proposed environmental settlement after releasing toxic mercury for decades that made its way into Shenandoah Valley waterways, state and federal officials announced Thursday. The ...

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Judge dismisses 6 of 7 felonies against lawmaker Rick Morris

SUFFOLK (AP) A judge has dismissed six of seven felony charges against  Del. Rick Morris, finding prosecutors have enough evidence to move forward on only one count. At a hearing Thursday that reporters were barred from attending, Judge Robert S. ...

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Prosecutors drop case against 2 members of ‘Norfolk Four’

NORFOLK (AP) Prosecutors won’t pursue another case against two former sailors whose rape and murder convictions were thrown out by a federal judge in October. Attorney Don Salzman said the charges against Danial Williams and Joseph Dick were formally dropped ...

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Inmate protests use of execution drugs

(AP) A Virginia inmate asked a federal court Wednesday to block the state’s plans to execute him next month with lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy, suggesting even a firing squad would be more humane. Attorneys for Ricky ...

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Barber school owner pleads guilty to GI Bill scam

CHESAPEAKE (AP) The owner of a barber school has pleaded guilty to a scam that used $4.5 million in GI Bill tuition payments. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia said Wednesday that Katherine Grobes claimed to ...

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Lawyers oppose Gray execution

(AP) Lawyers for death row inmate Ricky Gray will ask Gov. Terry McAuliffe to commute Gray’s sentence to life in prison. The Virginian-Pilot reports  that Gray is scheduled to be executed Jan. 18 for the 2006 slaying of a Richmond ...

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Fairfax County police chief is crash victim

CENTREVILLE (AP) A Virginia woman has been charged with drunken driving after police say she struck a police chief in his unmarked cruiser. Fairfax County Col. Edwin Roessler suffered minor injuries in Monday’s crash, county police said in a statement. ...

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Appeals court upholds Virginia voter ID law

(AP) A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a Virginia law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, rejecting a challenge from Democrats who argued that it suppresses voting by minorities and young people. A three-judge panel of the ...

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Feds probing jail conditions following deaths

NORFOLK (AP) The Justice Department on Monday said it will investigate a Virginia jail after the deaths of two inmates and criticism of health care services continued to mount from state officials and civil rights groups. The department said in ...

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Execution costs spike; state pays pharmacy $66K

(AP) Virginia prison officials have paid a secret compounding pharmacy $66,000 to obtain lethal injection drugs for its next two executions — roughly 63 times last year’s going price for the state’s three-drug lethal injection package. Like other states, Virginia ...

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