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Author Archives: The Associated Press

Herring blasts study of his office as politically motivated

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring has denounced a wide-ranging review of his office by the state legislature’s watchdog agency as a politically motivated witch hunt. The Democratic attorney general blasted the review as “baseless” and an “inquisition.” He also said ...

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Lawmakers push for casinos in 3 Virginia cities

(AP) Casino backers from Portsmouth to Bristol are joining together to boost the odds of loosening Virginia’s gambling laws. A bipartisan group of lawmakers promoted pro-casino legislation Jan. 14, arguing that three struggling cities spread along Virginia’s southern border urgently ...

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Actress McGowan pleads no contest to misdemeanor drug charge

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Actress Rose McGowan pleaded no contest Jan. 14 to a misdemeanor drug charge in Loudoun County after cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind at Dulles International Airport two years ago. Court records show she ...

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Settlement reached with ex-jail worker over resignation

NORFOLK (AP) A jail serving five Virginia cities has settled a lawsuit filed by a former personnel worker alleging she was wrongly forced from her job for how she handled a sexual harassment investigation. Hampton Roads Regional Jail Superintendent David ...

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Jail officials fined for not moving mentally ill inmate

NORTH PRINCE GEORGE (AP) A recently retired Virginia jail superintendent and another official have been convicted of contempt of court for failing to obey a judge’s order to transfer a mentally ill inmate to a hospital. Circuit Judge Lynn S. ...

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Gorsuch named as trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has been elected to serve as a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Gorsuch was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump and took his seat in April 2017. He ...

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Feds: Former lawmaker defrauded minority contractor program

NORFOLK (AP) Federal authorities have accused a former state lawmaker of defrauding a program that awards lucrative government contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. Former Del. Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach was arrested Jan 10, The Virginian-Pilot reported. He ...

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Ex-student sues counselor after trying to kill himself

LEXINGTON (AP) A university and its counselor are being sued for $12 million each by a former student who says they didn’t do enough to stop his suicide attempts. A lawsuit filed Jan. 8 by Kionte Burnette accuses Washington & ...

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Virginia firm says it has license to study medical marijuana

NORFOLK (AP) A research firm in Virginia says it has gotten a federal license to import high-quality extracts of marijuana for medical research. Sanyal Biotechnology will soon embark on a series of critical studies into treatment of various diseases and ...

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Northam pitches policy plan, urges cooperation

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam called on lawmakers to raise teacher pay and give tax breaks to low-income families during his yearly address to the General Assembly. The Democratic governor also pitched the Republican-controlled legislature on decriminalizing possession of marijuana, extending ...

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