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Lawsuit says jailers abused autistic inmate

(AP) Virginia prison and jail officials violated an autistic and mentally disabled inmate’s constitutional rights by subjecting him to cruel and inhumane conditions, including long stretches in solitary confinement, his lawyers say in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The complaint ...

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Lawmaker sues AG over unmet request

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker is suing the state attorney general for not providing a written opinion requested seven months ago. Loudoun County Republican Del. Dave LaRock claims Democrat Mark Herring is not doing his job as required by state law. ...

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State to shield identities of execution drug suppliers

(AP) Virginia will join several states that keep secret the identities of suppliers of lethal injection drugs, under a measure approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly on April 20 amid growing concern over the state’s ability to carry out capital ...

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Court overturns school’s transgender bathroom rule

(AP) A policy barring a transgender student from using the boys’ restrooms at his Virginia high school is discriminatory, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a case closely watched by public schools and transgender-rights activists across the country, a ...

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Ex-cop pleads to manslaughter in Fairfax shooting

FAIRFAX (AP) A former Fairfax County police officer accused of fatally shooting a man who had his hands up during a 2013 standoff pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter. Adam Torres, 33, struck the plea bargain just before his murder ...

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Minus a body, trial begins in exec’s disappearance

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A murder trial is moving forward in the disappearance of a Richmond-area executive whose body has never been found. Leyla Namiranian disappeared more than four years ago. The 41-year-old suburban Richmond woman had been the research director at ...

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Norfolk will pay $200K for police dog attack

NORFOLK (AP) The city of Norfolk has agreed to pay an Army reservist and college student nearly $200,000 after she was mauled by a police dog last year. The Virginian-Pilot reports that, under the deal signed last month, 22-year-old London ...

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Lawmakers return to take up death penalty, ethics law

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol this week to debate how the state should put inmates to death, how it should structure a new economic development initiative, and whether the Old Dominion should tweak its new ...

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