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Rolling Stone heading to trial over debunked story

RICHMOND (AP) For the first time since Rolling Stone magazine’s shocking story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia hit shelves two years ago, the public may hear from the young woman at the center of the ...

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Inmate died of perforated ulcer

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Virginia medical examiner says a 60-year-old jail inmate died of a perforated stomach ulcer two days after he was denied medical care. Donna Price of the Norfolk medical examiner’s office told the Daily Press that Henry Stewart ...

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Union official admits embezzling $1M

NORFOLK (AP) The former financial secretary for the International Longshoremen’s Association has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from the union over a 10-year period. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release that 48-year-old Robert Smith ...

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Lawsuit: Electric meters caused illness (access required)

A Rockingham County woman claims she was sickened by power company “smart meters” installed at her rural home. She is suing Virginia Electric and Power Company claiming she suffered mood swings, concentration trouble, insomnia, memory loss, ringing in her ears ...

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Woman claims 8-hour interrogation after campus rape

(AP) An Old Dominion University student who reported she was raped in her dorm room is charging that campus police prevented her from getting a medical exam to preserve evidence until after she was interrogated for almost eight hours. Her ...

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Reservist fired by Liberty University files suit (access required)

A U.S. Army reservist says he was fired by Liberty University for missing time at work for military service. Specialist Christopher Taylor contended his firing as a university transit operator was a violation of the law that protects civilian jobs ...

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Officer gets 2.5 years in death of unarmed teen

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth judge sentenced a white, former police officer to 2 ½ years in prison Wednesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black teen suspected of shoplifting. Circuit Judge Johnny Morrison sentenced Stephen Rankin to the term recommended by ...

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Prescription drug disposal kits to be distributed

(AP) Virginia officials will be handing out thousands of drug disposal kits designed to allow residents to safely get rid of unused prescription opioids. Attorney General Mark Herring said 80,000 drug deactivation kits were recently donated by the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. ...

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Marcus Vick charged with drug possession

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The brother of quarterback Michael Vick is facing a drug charge after being arrested in Newport News. Multiple news outlets report that police say 32-year-old Marcus Vick was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of possession ...

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Lawsuit over mental detention is settled

WAYNESBORO (AP) A lawsuit brought by a Waynesboro man who was confined to a psychiatric ward after police and health care workers mistook his physical ailment for a “psychotic disorder” has been settled. Attorneys for plaintiff Gordon Goines announced Thursday ...

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