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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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Lawyer pleads guilty in time-share case (access required)

A Williamsburg lawyer has pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to profit from fraudulent time-share purchases. Deborah H. Wagner pleaded to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The count carries a maximum 20 ...

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Gun rights activists sue Couric over documentary

(AP) Virginia gun rights activists have filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of a documentary over an edit they say misrepresented the activists’ response to a question. The segment in “Under the Gun” shows ...

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ACLU asks Supreme Court not to review bathroom ruling

(AP) The ACLU of Virginia has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking justices not to review a ruling that a transgender boy be allowed to use the boys bathroom at his high school. The civil rights group ...

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J&DR judges called to active duty (access required)

Two Virginia juvenile and domestic relations judges are being called up for active military duty, requiring additional hours by substitute judges. Both Judge Correy R. Smith of the Waynesboro J&DR Court and Judge H. Cary Payne of the Lynchburg J&DR ...

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Organization accused of registering dead people to vote

HARRISONBURG (AP) The FBI is looking into whether an organization has been submitting voter registration applications in the names of dead people. Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst confirmed in a statement Monday that the unidentified group could be charged ...

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McAuliffe defends latest felon voting rights plan

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration urged Virginia’s highest court on Monday to reject Republican lawmakers’ latest attempt to strip the voting rights of thousands of felons who have completed their sentences. Solicitor General Stuart Raphael said in court documents that ...

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