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Appeals court upholds assault weapons ban

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.In a 10-4 ruling, the ...

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DesPortes to lead forensic group (access required)

Richmond criminal defense lawyer Betty Layne DesPortes is now the president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. DesPortes, a Fellow in the Academy, had previously served on its board of directors since 2007. She was sworn in as president ...

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4th Circuit upholds law barring party ID for local races

(AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a Virginia law allowing only federal, statewide and General Assembly candidates to be identified by party affiliation on the ballot. The Powhatan County Republican Committee sued the Virginia State board of Elections over ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal from Virginia death row inmate

(AP) The nation’s highest court refused Tuesday to hear the appeal of a Virginia death row inmate who killed a hospital security guard and sheriff’s deputy during an escape and sparked a massive manhunt that shut down Virginia Tech’s campus ...

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Bill to protect jury information survives (access required)

A bill to restrict the release of information about jurors in criminal cases squeaked through the Virginia Senate Monday after legislators clashed over its impact on criminal defense. The bill is intended to close the door on a convict’s ability ...

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Howell announces retirement

(AP) House Speaker William J. Howell, a long-serving conservative who is one of the state’s most powerful politicians, said Monday he will retire when his term ends in January. The 73-year-old speaker made the announcement during an emotional House floor ...

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4th Circuit affirms Virginia uranium mining ban

(AP) A federal appeals court has rejected a Virginia company’s bid to end the state’s decades-long ban on uranium mining. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Friday upheld the ruling of a district ...

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Anne Holton named to education board

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Anne Holton, a former state secretary of education and wife of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, to the state education board. McAuliffe announced Holton’s appointment Friday. Holton served as McAuliffe’s education secretary until last year. ...

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Guard charged with 2nd-degree murder in Chesapeake shooting

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Officials say a security guard has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 60-year-old man whose family says was playing Pokémon Go at the time. Chesapeake Commonwealth’s Attorney Nancy Parr said Thursday that Johnathan ...

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Assembly approves sale of 151-proof liquor

(AP) The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill that would allow the sale of 151-proof liquor in Virginia — a choice available in almost all other states, but one some fear could increase binge drinking and other ...

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