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Court won’t rehear death row inmate’s appeal

(AP) A federal appeals court won’t rehear the case of a man sentenced to death in the New Year’s Day 2006 slaying of a Richmond family. Lawyers for Ricky Jovan Gray had asked the 15-member U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Democrats: Settlement aims to cut wait times at polls

(AP)  The Democratic Party says it has reached a settlement with Virginia officials aimed at reducing long wait times at the polls. The party said in a lawsuit in June that long wait times hamper the right to vote. Under ...

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Virginia ethics panel urges judge screening process

An ethics commission appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe recommends comprehensive evaluation procedures for would-be judges at all levels of Virginia courts. The idea is among a bundle of recommendations to emerge from the panel Tuesday, including a proposal to boost ...

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McAuliffe denies bid to send Soering to Germany

(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rejected an effort to allow a German diplomat’s son and convicted murderer to return to his home country. McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Tuesday that the Democrat has denied the transfer petition submitted by ...

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Governor pardons Roanoke murder defendant

ROANOKE (AP) The governor of Virginia has granted an absolute pardon to a Roanoke man incarcerated for 21 years on convictions of arson and murder. The Roanoke Times reports Gov. Terry McAuliffe pardoned Davey Reedy on Monday, nearly three decades ...

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Virginia revokes handgun permit agreement with 25 states

(AP) Concealed handgun permits held by residents of 25 states will no longer be valid in Virginia, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday, drawing swift criticism from GOP lawmakers. Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, said the state will revoke ...

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Teacher’s assault conviction reversed

The Virginia Court of Appeals has reversed a criminal conviction for a special education teacher who pulled an 11-year-old special needs student by the wrists back to a school bus to retrieve a coat or blanket. The panel reversed the ...

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Governor grants clemency to murder defendant

MITCHELLS (AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted clemency to a man convicted in connection with two murders. The Daily Progress reports Robert Paul Davis was released Monday night from Coffeewood Correctional Center, where he was serving a 23-year sentence. Davis ...

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New US attorney for Western Virginia sworn in to office

ROANOKE (AP) John P. Fishwick Jr. has been sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. The swearing-in ceremony was held on Monday at the federal courthouse in Roanoke. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Glen Conrad administered ...

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Judge rules voter ID challenge can proceed

(AP) A federal judge is allowing an effort aimed at striking down Virginia’s voter ID law to continue. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled Friday that part of a suit filed by Virginia Democrats challenging the state’s voter ID ...

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