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Police: Officer fatally shoots man who shot 2, took hostage

HERNDON (AP) A police officer fatally shot a Virginia man who shot two people and kept a hostage barricaded inside a house even after he set it on fire Monday afternoon, officials said. Two men called 911 about 2:40 p.m. ...

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Sub judge change nixed at Assembly (access required)

A proposal to have general district judges choose the substitute judges who serve in their courts has been tabled by a General Assembly subcommittee. The move leaves substitute judge appointment authority with chief judges of the circuit courts. Virginia Beach ...

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Attorney: DC sniper life sentence unconstitutional

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) An attorney for a man convicted of taking part in sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area is asking a judge to toss his life sentence because he was convicted as a juvenile. ...

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4th Circuit denies stay of execution for Gray

(AP) A federal appeals court has denied a stay of execution for a convicted killed scheduled to be put to death next week in Virginia. The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond issued a one-sentence order on Friday ...

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Candidates interviewed for judicial vacancies (access required)

Four judicial aspirants seeking positions in several courts across the commonwealth stood before General Assembly members on Jan. 11, as lawmakers opened the 2017 legislative session. A mix of members of the House Judicial Panel and the Senate Committee for ...

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Virginia Beach lawyer gets 4-year suspension (access required)

A long-time Virginia Beach attorney is closing his office as part of an agreement for a four-year law license suspension. Andrew I. Becker, a collections attorney licensed since 1989, was found in criminal contempt of court in 2013 for attempting ...

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McAuliffe touts record, warns against conservative bills

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted his record at growing and diversifying the state’s economy Wednesday while warning lawmakers that the state’s progress could be undermined by socially conservative legislation on abortion or transgender issues. Speaking to lawmakers at the annual ...

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$2M grant to help clear backlog of untested rape kits

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia will use a $2 million federal grant to continue clearing out a backlog of untested rape kits and improve the way the state handles sex assault cases. Herring announced the funding at a ...

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GOP keeps control of Senate with 22nd District win

(AP) A Republican attorney from Lynchburg defeated two challengers Tuesday in a special election for a central Virginia Senate seat, a victory that ensured the legislature’s upper chamber will remain in GOP control. Results in the 22nd Senate District race ...

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New legislative session to kick off Wednesday

(AP) The Virginia General Assembly is set to kick off its 2017 session Wednesday. The session officially starts at noon, though lawmakers and Gov. Terry McAuliffe will gather earlier for a prayer breakfast. McAuliffe will give his annual address to ...

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