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Prosecutors honor five legislators

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys this month honored five General Assembly members as its sixth class of “Champions of Justice.” This year’s honorees were Sen. Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover), Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr. (R-Galax), Del. David B. Albo ...

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Hinckley’s return to normalcy has been years in making

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) Life for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago has progres­sively become more normal, with great­er freedom outside a psychiatric hospi­tal, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the record store where ...

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Maureen McDonnell case on hold after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

(AP) A federal appeals court has put former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s case on hold, giving prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze a recent Supreme Court ruling. The high court overturned former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction ...

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Fairfax mayor charged in meth-for-sex sting

FAIRFAX (AP) A three-term Northern Virginia mayor was arrested on drug charges after he tried to trade two grams of methamphetamine for sex acts in what turned out to be an undercover sting operation, police said Friday. City of Fairfax ...

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Dragas questions UVa board closed-door meeting

NORFOLK (AP) A former member of the University of Virginia board of visitors is challenging the legality of a closed-door meeting at which members discussed the school’s $2.3 billion Strategic Investment Fund. Former board member Helen Dragas of Virginia Beach ...

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High court: School can block transgender teen from boys room

(AP) A Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when school starts next month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Aug. 3. In a 5-3 decision, the high court put on hold a lower court ...

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Virginia officials citing cars registered out of state

FAIRFAX (AP) Officials in Fairfax County are cracking down on residents and business with cars registered out of state. Officials have identified roughly 2,300 incorrectly registered vehicles and about $6,000 in unpaid vehicle property taxes since July 2015. County Supervisor ...

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Former Virginia first lady asks court to vacate convictions

(AP) Lawyers for Virginia’s former first lady say her corruption convictions should be vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her husband’s convictions. News outlets report that Maureen McDonnell’s attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate ...

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4th Circuit: North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a North Carolina law requiring photo identification to cast in-person ballots was enacted “with discriminatory intent” and must be blocked. An opinion issued by a three-judge panel of the 4th ...

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