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Federal judge refuses to halt execution

(AP) A federal judge refused Tuesday to halt the execution of a Virginia inmate who’s challenging the state’s plan to use lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy. Ricky Gray’s attorneys had asked U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson for ...

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Report warns of increasing vulnerability for coal ash pile

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Researchers have found that millions of tons of coal ash stored along the Elizabeth River will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks. The Southern Environmental Law Center released the report Monday, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The ...

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Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty in toddler’s death

McLEAN (AP) Prince William County prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing his 1-year-old son for the insurance money. The agreement reached Friday between prosecutors and defense lawyers for Joaquin Rams also ...

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Legislative office building to be demolished

(AP) A much-maligned office building next to the Virginia Capitol has only one legislative session left. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the General Assembly Building, which houses lawmakers’ offices and staff, will be demolished later this year. The building is ...

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Four judicial candidates to be interviewed (access required)

Virginia legislators will interview four candidates for four trial judge vacancies on the opening day of the General Assembly this week. The candidates apparently have the backing of their legislative delegations for the open bench seats. “We will sometimes put ...

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Five vie for Comp Commission seat (access required)

Five attorneys are being interviewed this week for a seat on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. The lawyers hope to succeed the late Roger L. Williams, an employer representative on the three-member Commission. Williams died Oct. 11. The candidates scheduled ...

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Advocacy group to archive committee hearings

(AP) Most of the committee hearings at the Virginia General Assembly will now be live-streamed and archived. A progressive advocacy group plans to record about three quarters of the committee hearings during this year’s legislative session, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. ...

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Title IX investigation opened at Liberty University

LYNCHBURG (AP) The U.S. Office for Civil Rights has opened a Title IX investigation at Liberty University that the school says is related to an off-campus sex assault allegation against an employee. Dorie Nolt, a spokeswoman for the Department of ...

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Driver charged in crash that injured deputy

BOWLING GREEN (AP) Police say a Virginia man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after a car crash that seriously injured a sheriff’s deputy. Police say Caroline County Sheriff’s Deputy H.S. McGhee was driving early Saturday when his car ...

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Woman sues ODU over rape response

(AP) A woman who says Old Dominion University police interrogated her for nearly eight hours before allowing her to get a medical exam to preserve evidence of her reported rape filed a federal lawsuit against the school Friday. The lawsuit, ...

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