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Victims’ fund pays out $5.2 million

(AP) A Virginia fund for victims of crime reported paying $5.2 million during the last fiscal year. The new report sent to the governor and lawmakers shows the Virginia Victims Fund’s biggest expense was for funeral expenses, which are capped ...

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Supreme Court upholds bar on electric rate review

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates. The court ruled 6-1 Thursday that the 2015 law was constitutional. A group of large industrial electric customers and advocates ...

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Man sentenced in 1975 girls’ murder case that alarmed region

BEDFORD (AP) It was an innocent time in a safe place, where parents didn’t think twice about letting their kids walk to the local shopping mall. All that changed the day the Lyon sisters disappeared. A sense of security was ...

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Some are running out of options for individual insurance

ROANOKE (AP) About 70,000 people in Virginia could lose the option of buying individual health insurance plans next year. The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that the marketplace for individual insurance is collapsing in the state. Three insurers have announced they plan ...

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Challenge to government watch list can go forward

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to go forward. Government lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria to dismiss the lawsuit, filed in 2016. The plaintiffs, who ...

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Report: Suspect in 1975 sisters’ slaying to plead guilty

BEDFORD (AP) A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades. ...

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Gillespie proposes raising felony threshold

(AP) Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie is unveiling a series of criminal justice reform proposals that would lighten punishments for certain crimes. Gillespie said at a Richmond barbershop Aug. 6 that the state needed to rethink some of its ...

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Virginia prison blamed for inmates’ deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) Two inmates’ deaths and amputation of another’s leg have led to a contempt motion in federal court against a Virginia prison that settled complaints last year regarding health care. The Washington Post reports a Wednesday filing says Fluvanna Correctional Center ...

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Virginia death row has fewest number of inmates in decades

(AP) Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has ...

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Judge dismisses federal suit over mosque permit

CULPEPER (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a Justice Department lawsuit that alleged the Culpeper County board had discriminated against Muslims trying to build a new mosque when it denied a sewer permit. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon issued a ...

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