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State Police gets new head of investigative branch

(AP) The Virginia State Police is getting a new head of its investigative branch. Maj. Gary T. Settle takes over as director of state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday. Settle has served as deputy director of the bureau ...

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Work underway on Virginia’s opioid crisis

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are beginning to work on tackling the state’s opioid crisis. Several bills intended to stem the growing addiction to opioids or related consequences advanced in the legislature on Thursday. A Senate committee passed a measure directing the ...

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Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the ...

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Lawyers raise concerns about lethal injection

(AP) Attorneys for a convicted killer executed in Virginia for the brutal killings of a family in 2006 said Thursday that they are concerned that his lethal injection caused a painful death. Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. ...

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Man convicted of family’s slaying is executed

JARRATT (AP) A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year’s Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday. Ricky ...

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Lawmakers pledge mental health reform

(AP) The family of a man whose death in a Virginia jail helped lead to a federal investigation of the facility implored lawmakers Wednesday to reform the state’s mental health care system and the way inmates receive treatment. Relatives of ...

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Asset forfeiture money allows AG salary raises

(AP) The U.S. Department of Justice gave instructions on how to work around its own strict rules for spending money seized in investigations to Virginia’s top prosecutor, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Law enforcement agencies participating in ...

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GOP proposes alternative on suspended driver’s licenses

(AP) A Republican lawmaker wants to allow hundreds of thousands of Virginians with suspended driver’s licenses due to unpaid court debts to be able to get restricted licenses so they can continue to work. The proposal is an alternative to ...

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Virginia governor won’t spare life of convicted killer

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he will not spare the life of a man set to be executed this week for the slayings of two young girls in their Richmond home on New Year’s Day 2006. Ricky Gray ...

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Patricia Cornwell settles lawsuit against financial advisers

BOSTON (AP) Author Patricia Cornwell has settled a lawsuit against her former business managers, avoiding a second trial for a case that dates to 2009. The author had claimed the New York accounting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP was ...

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