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Republicans call for special session on rights restoration

(AP) Republican leaders of the Virginia General Assembly called on Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to convene a special legislative session to discuss the governor’s recent restoration of voting and other civil rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. House Speaker ...

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Jurors unmoved by McDonnell’s appeal arguments

(AP) As former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s public corruption case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, three of the jurors who convicted him say they remain certain they did the right thing. They say they aren’t buying McDonnell’s core argument: ...

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Man convicted of killing Altria exec

CHESTERFIELD (AP) The ex-boyfriend of an Altria executive who disappeared four years ago has been convicted of killing her even though her body was never found. Local media reported that a Chesterfield County jury on Friday convicted 56-year-old Michael Anthony ...

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China rejects drywall suit against government agency

NEW ORLEANS (AP)  China’s Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners say a cabinet-level Chinese agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made in China. The ministry says it ...

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Uber settlement keeps drivers as contractors in 2 states

LOS ANGELES (AP) It will cost Uber up to $100 million and took some significant policy concessions, but the ride-hailing company is forging forward with its thriving business model by keeping its drivers independent contractors, for now. Uber settled major ...

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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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