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Man banned from Twitter after threats to 2 US senators

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has barred a Virginia man from using Twitter after he was charged with tweeting threats to two U.S. senators. News media outlets cite a federal complaint as saying that 27-year-old Kyler Schmitz of Alexandria tweeted ...

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Attorneys for accused mother seek journal

NORFOLK (AP) Attorneys for a Virginia woman accused of killing her son are seeking a journal the boy kept before he died. The Virginian-Pilot reports that prosecutors have the teen’s writings. Lawyers for 45-year-old Tonya Slaton argue they could shed ...

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Herring wins regional chair

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has been elected chair of the southern region of the National Association of Attorneys General. The election was made official June 24. Herring has served as southern region vice-chair for two years. Herring will serve ...

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Governor issues executive order on environment (access required)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signaled June 28 that he won’t wait for a federal court or­der or support from state GOP lawmak­ers before taking action to lower carbon emissions from Virginia’s power plants. In the governor’s latest effort to exert executive ...

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Fraternity’s lawsuit over Rolling Stone article tossed

NEW YORK (AP) A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over the magazine’s debunked article about a University of Virginia gang rape was tossed out by a federal judge Tuesday. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel in Manhattan said the lawsuit ...

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Flood leaves destruction at historic resort

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) It could be a month or two until an iconic West Virginia resort reopens after deadly, damaging floods, but its maimed championship golf course may not be ready for play much before the PGA Tour ...

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Herring asks for GOP rights lawsuit to be tossed

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a response to a GOP lawsuit seeking to block more than 200,000 ex-felons from voting this fall. Herring, a Democrat, asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to throw out the Republican-led lawsuit on ...

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U.S. Supreme Court reverses McDonnell convictions

WASHINGTON (AP) A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 threw out the bribery conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that could make it tougher to prosecute elected officials accused of corruption. Chief Justice John Roberts said ...

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