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Albo to retire from House

A Republican member of the state House of Delegates is joining a growing list of GOP lawmakers who are retiring. Del. David B. Albo, R-Springfield, announced Wednesday that he was retiring after more than two decades in office because of ...

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Republicans reject Medicaid expansion

(AP) Republican lawmakers in Virginia rejected another bid to expand Medicaid, saying the cost of providing new health coverage to thousands of poor adults would cripple the state. The House of Delegates voted against Medicaid expansion Wednesday as lawmakers reconvened ...

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Crime commission to study marijuana decriminalization

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission plans to study whether marijuana should be decriminalized in the Old Dominion. The commission’s executive committee agreed Wednesday to study the issue this year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment requested ...

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Man convicted in slaying seeks to have sentence reduced

(AP) A man who says he’s serving an unfairly long prison sentence because his jury thought he would be eligible for parole is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe for relief. Jerome D. Cooper received a 70-year prison sentence in 1999 after ...

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Richmond Fed head resigns, admits improper disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, has resigned after acknowledging improper discussions with a financial analyst. In a statement Tuesday, Lacker said that in October 2012 he spoke to an analyst at Medley Global ...

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Woman indicted after fetal remains discovered

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A woman has been indicted on a felony charge after police found fetal remains buried in a backyard last year. Police obtained a search warrant for 43-year-old Michelle F. Roberts’ Richmond-area residence in February 2016 after receiving a ...

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Check scam leads to lawyer’s ethics trouble (access required)

A fraudulent check for nearly half-a-million dollars received by a Virginia lawyer led to ethics trouble over a $320 filing fee. The lawyer nearly fell for one of those fake check scams that have tripped up other attorneys. He avoided ...

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Attorneys general from 8 states, DC to meet in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia are planning to meet in Virginia to discuss technology and emerging threats. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting the top attorneys for a conference Tuesday and Wednesday ...

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Herring says county has few options for court facilities (access required)

The failure of a courthouse referendum last year may have tied the hands of Augusta County leaders in their efforts to plan for better court facilities. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says voter approval would be needed to relocate the ...

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Soering loses parole bid

(AP) State officials have rejected a parole request from a German diplomat’s son serving life in prison for the 1985 killings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County. Jens Soering told The Washington Post that he was disappointed and surprised after receiving ...

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