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Suit against officer who shot man ends in mistrial

NORFOLK (AP) Jurors have failed to reach a verdict in a civil case that stems from a police-involved shooting. A federal judge in Norfolk declared a mistrial on Tuesday, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked after 14 ...

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Judge officially removes jailed treasurer from office

NORFOLK (AP) A judge has permanently removed Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot from office following his conviction for selling his City Council votes to developers. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that a replacement has yet to be named. Burfoot started serving a ...

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State questions whether to release older prisoners

(AP) When Virginia abolished parole to great fanfare in 1995, a safety valve of sorts was put in place: “Geriatric release.” That is, inmates 60 and older are considered annually for release, regardless of their sentence, so long as they ...

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Conservative group challenges abortion regulation changes

RICHMOND (AP) The conservative Family Foundation of Virginia is filing a legal challenge over the way the state did away with restrictive regulations for abortion centers. The group said Friday it filed an administrative appeal in Henrico County Circuit Court ...

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Ex-officer says he had PTSD when he shot man (access required)

NORFOLK (AP) A former Norfolk police officer being sued by a man he shot says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time. Former Norfolk police officer Neal Robertson testified Friday that he shot Marius Mitchell three times in ...

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Gov. McAuliffe calls off execution for death-row inmate (access required)

(AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday called off a man’s execution in a 2006 murder-for-hire case, citing concerns about false information provided to jurors that he believes influenced their decision to sentence him to death. Ivan Teleguz was scheduled ...

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McAuliffe again urged to spare inmate

(AP)  Virginia’s Democratic governor is facing mounting pressure to halt next week’s scheduled execution of an inmate whose case has seen two witnesses recant, years after he was convicted of ordering his ex-girlfriend’s killing. Ivan Teleguz, 38, is scheduled to ...

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Former Norfolk official gets 6 years in corruption case

NORFOLK (AP) A man who had served on Norfolk’s City Council and as the city’s treasurer was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for selling his votes to developers. Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr. said the prison term ...

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Feds investigating alleged school discrimination

(AP) Federal officials are opening an investigation into accusations that public schools in Virginia’s capital city more frequently and more harshly punish black students and those with disabilities than their classmates. The Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights said ...

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Fatal Virginia drug overdoses climb to over 1,400 in 2016

(AP) Virginia health officials have identified a significant increase in fatal drug overdoses between 2015 and 2016. The Washington Post reports at least 1,420 people in Virginia died of overdoses in 2016, a 38 percent increase. A state report also ...

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