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4 sentenced to life for slaying of reserve police officer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Four people convicted in the slaying of a reserve police officer in Virginia have been sentenced to life in prison. News media outlets report that Daniel Mathis was sentenced to life plus 132 years for the death of ...

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Federal court OKs Christian prayers at county board meetings

(AP) Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don’t pressure observers to join in, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Family appeals decision on toddler brain death test

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(AP) The family of a 2-year-old Virginia girl is asking the state’s Supreme Court to block a hospital from performing a brain death test on the toddler who choked on a piece of popcorn. In a petition recently filed with ...

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Businessman pleads guilty to bribing Norfolk city treasurer

NORFOLK (AP) Authorities say a Norfolk businessman has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and charges related to bribing the city’s treasurer and other high-ranking officials. U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office said Friday that 67-year-old Ronald Boone gave cash, gifts and ...

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Family: $1 million settlement for police killing teen

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The family of a black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer last year said Friday that the city of Portsmouth has agreed to pay a $1 million settlement. Family spokesman Earl Lewis ...

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Family of autistic boy slapped by bus driver awarded $250k

POWHATAN (AP) Court documents say a jury awarded $250,000 to an autistic boy’s family to be paid by a Virginia school bus driver who was seen on security footage striking the child with her hand. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported the ...

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Dems seek to dump Va. felon voting ban

(AP) Some Virginia Democrats are pushing to end the state’s policy of barring felons from voting unless their rights have been restored by the governor. Del. Marcus Simon has introduced a proposal that would strip that language from the state’s ...

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Court denies GOP challenge on felon voting rights

(AP) Virginia’s highest court on Thursday rejected Republican lawmakers’ latest challenge to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s efforts to restore voting rights to thousands of felons who have completed their sentences. The Virginia Supreme Court denied a motion that sought to ...

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Supreme Court reverses contempt ruling in redistricting case

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has sided with current and former state senators when it comes to what records the lawmakers can keep private related to redistricting. The high court said advocates seeking a reformed redistricting process cannot have ...

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Prosecutor to seek death for man accused of killing parents

HENRICO (AP) The Henrico County commonwealth’s attorney says she intends to seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting his parents. Local media outlets report that Shannon Taylor told a circuit judge on Wednesday that the “vileness” ...

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