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Man convicted of family’s slaying is executed

JARRATT (AP) A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year’s Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday. Ricky ...

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Assembly names new judges (access required)

The General Assembly elected five new trial court judges and a new workers’ compensation commissioner Wednesday. More new judges are expected to be named next month. Those elected just a week into the Assembly session, among the ranks of reappointed ...

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Lawmakers pledge mental health reform

(AP) The family of a man whose death in a Virginia jail helped lead to a federal investigation of the facility implored lawmakers Wednesday to reform the state’s mental health care system and the way inmates receive treatment. Relatives of ...

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Asset forfeiture money allows AG salary raises

(AP) The U.S. Department of Justice gave instructions on how to work around its own strict rules for spending money seized in investigations to Virginia’s top prosecutor, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Law enforcement agencies participating in ...

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GOP proposes alternative on suspended driver’s licenses

(AP) A Republican lawmaker wants to allow hundreds of thousands of Virginians with suspended driver’s licenses due to unpaid court debts to be able to get restricted licenses so they can continue to work. The proposal is an alternative to ...

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Virginia governor won’t spare life of convicted killer

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that he will not spare the life of a man set to be executed this week for the slayings of two young girls in their Richmond home on New Year’s Day 2006. Ricky Gray ...

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Patricia Cornwell settles lawsuit against financial advisers

BOSTON (AP) Author Patricia Cornwell has settled a lawsuit against her former business managers, avoiding a second trial for a case that dates to 2009. The author had claimed the New York accounting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP was ...

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Police: Officer fatally shoots man who shot 2, took hostage

HERNDON (AP) A police officer fatally shot a Virginia man who shot two people and kept a hostage barricaded inside a house even after he set it on fire Monday afternoon, officials said. Two men called 911 about 2:40 p.m. ...

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Sub judge change nixed at Assembly (access required)

A proposal to have general district judges choose the substitute judges who serve in their courts has been tabled by a General Assembly subcommittee. The move leaves substitute judge appointment authority with chief judges of the circuit courts. Virginia Beach ...

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Attorney: DC sniper life sentence unconstitutional

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) An attorney for a man convicted of taking part in sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area is asking a judge to toss his life sentence because he was convicted as a juvenile. ...

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