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Author Archives: The Associated Press

4th Circuit declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

(AP) President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam,” a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 15, delivering another blow to the policy. In a 9-4 decision, the 4th ...

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Civil liberties groups oppose agreement on theft threshold

(AP) Minority and low-income advocacy groups are joining the Virginia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union in opposing the General Assembly’s bipartisan compromise that would increase the threshold at which a theft is considered a felony. Bill Farrar, a ...

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Key GOP lawmaker backs Medicaid expansion in Virginia

(AP) A powerful Republican lawmaker has publicly endorsed expanding Medicaid in Virginia after years of opposition, boosting the chances the Old Dominion will join 32 other states in expanding the program for the poor under President Barack Obama’s health care ...

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Fraudster who partnered in $10M scheme gets 12-year sentence

(AP) A Virginia man who teamed up with a former college football player on a $10 million investment-fraud scheme has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Forty-six-year-old Sherman Carl Vaughn of Blackstone was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in ...

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ACLU will oppose restitution changes

(AP) The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia says it is opposed to last week’s bipartisan deal that would raise Virginia’s felony theft threshold from $200 to $500 while also strengthening the state’s criminal restitution system. The state ACLU said ...

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Senate: Allow marijuana charges to be expunged

(AP) The Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would allow people charged for the first time with possession of marijuana to later have the charge expunged. The vote Feb. 12 on Republican Sen. Tommy Norment’s bill was 38-2, the ...

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Sheriff: Failure to obey policy didn’t lead to teen’s death

NORFOLK (AP) A sheriff says the failure of Norfolk deputies to follow standard policies and procedures did not cause the death of a teen who killed himself in a court building. Norfolk Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Karen Pinkston told The Virginian-Pilot an internal ...

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Prosecutor fired, charged with assault

NORFOLK (AP) A veteran Virginia prosecutor has been fired after he was accused of hitting a co-working and pulling a gun on her. John Haugh of Hampton was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, in Chesapeake General District Court, ...

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Ex-Virginia Tech student takes plea in girl’s killing

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) After listening to days of damaging testimony from prosecution witnesses, a former Virginia Tech student pleaded no contest Friday to killing a 13-year-old girl he met through social media. David Eisenhauer, 20, entered his plea to all three ...

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No-contest plea in Blacksburg murder

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A former Virginia Tech student has pleaded no contest in the 2016 killing of a 13-year-old Blacksburg girl, news outlets reported Friday morning. David Eisenahuser’s trial was entering its fifth day when the news of a plea change ...

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