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Minds uneasy after pet is euthanized to be buried with owner

Veterinarians and funeral homes in Virginia are rejecting the idea that pets should be buried with their owners after a recent case in which a dog was euthanized so it could lie next to her owner. WWBT-TV in Richmond reports ...

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Findings of Gov. Northam blackface investigation offer no closure

NORFOLK (AP) The mystery of whether Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that nearly destroyed his career remains unsolved. A monthslong investigation ordered up by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the ...

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John Walker Lindh set to be released from prison

ARLINGTON (AP) John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. ...

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Drug testing backlog delays cases, defendants linger in jail

DNA Testing

NORFOLK (AP) — Deep inside a six-story, brown and tan state building in Norfolk, not far from the waterfront, you’ll find thousands of sealed bags stored in a locked vault. Each bag is labeled with a unique identification number and ...

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Court approves sale of Montana mansion

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A Wyoming company has been cleared to sell a nearly $11 million Montana mansion once owned by a Virginia businessman now convicted of fraud. A judge ruled May 9 that the title to the 26,000-square foot castle ...

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SEAL sentenced in hazing death of Green Beret

NORFOLK (AP) A U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced to one year in military prison May 16 for his role in the 2017 hazing-related death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Adam Matthews is the first of four U.S. ...

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Chelsea Manning sent back to jail for refusing to testify

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was ordered back to jail May 16 for refusing to testify to a grand jury, even after telling a judge she’d rather “starve to death” than cooperate with prosecutors. U.S. District Judge ...

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Carilion plans $300M hospital expansion

ROANOKE (AP) Roanoke-based health care giant Carilion Clinic has announced a $300 million hospital expansion in Roanoke. The company announced May 15 that it’s planning a $300 million expansion for Roanoke Memorial Hospital, The Roanoke Times reported. The expansion will have two ...

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Judge rescinds ruling against ‘physicians-only’ abortion law

(AP) A federal judge has rescinded his own ruling that struck down a Virginia law that said only physicians may perform first-trimester abortions. U.S. District Court Henry Hudson May 6 found that the law was “unduly burdensome” to women seeking abortions. ...

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Drug charge hearing delayed for 900-pound man

(AP) A hearing scheduled in Richmond federal court in a cocaine conspiracy case was delayed May 13 after the 900-pound defendant had to be taken to the hospital. U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak continued the hearing for 48-year-old Kenneth T. Hicks until May ...

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