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Judge: Suit challenging legislative districts can proceed

(AP) — A Richmond judge says a lawsuit challenging several Virginia legislative boundaries can move forward. Richmond Circuit Judge W. Reilly Marchant rejected a bid to dismiss the case on Tuesday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Leadership in Virginia’s House of ...

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Virginia lawmakers wrap up session focused on budget

(AP) Virginia lawmakers finished their work for the 2017 legislative session, ending a six week sprint that saw bipartisan cooperation on some issues, such as treating opioid addiction. The General Assembly adjourned Saturday after lawmakers gave final approval to the ...

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Execution date set for defendant in murder for hire

HARRISONBURG (AP) An execution date has been set for a man convicted of hiring someone to kill his former girlfriend, who was the mother of his child. On Friday, the Rockingham County Circuit Court set April 25 as the date ...

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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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