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Author Archives: The Associated Press

Judge tosses lawsuit over state senator’s censure

(AP) A federal judge has sided with the state of Virginia and tossed a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Amanda Chase over her censure by the state Senate. Chase, a far-right-wing conservative state senator often at odds with even fellow ...

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4th Circuit overturns conviction in racial slur case

(AP) The conviction of a retired U.S. Air Force officer who used a racial slur while speaking to a Black store clerk and Black customer has been overturned by a federal appeals court that found his speech was protected by ...

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Former delegate Sears wins in GOP lieutenant governor race

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Former Del. Winsome Sears, who 20 years ago became the first Black Republican woman elected to the Virginia Assembly, made a political comeback May 11, winning the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor. Sears beat five other candidates, ...

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Youngkin wins Virginia GOP governor race

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer who campaigned as a conservative, Christian outsider, bested a field of seven candidates to emerge as Virginia Republicans’ nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year ...

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Prosecutor: No legal basis for trooper to stop Black woman

FAIRFAX (AP) A county prosecutor determined that a state police trooper had no legal basis for pulling over a Black woman he later arrested, and has called for an internal police investigation, a newspaper reported May 10. Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve ...

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County removes Confederate statue from courthouse grounds

ISLE OF WIGHT (AP) A Confederate monument has been removed from outside the courthouse in Isle of Wight County. The 116-year-old monument was removed May 8, WAVY-TV reported. Someone placed Confederate flags on the ground where the monument had stood, but ...

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Miyares takes AG nomination; GOP vote-counting to continue

(AP) The Republican Party of Virginia announced late Sunday that state Del. Jason Miyares has won its nomination for attorney general, as the party works to tabulate the votes for several state offices cast by tens of thousands of Virginia ...

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Virginia Beach alters body cam policy

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Police in the city of Virginia Beach will require body cameras to be activated immediately when an officer marks “en route” to a call for service. The previous body camera policy required officers to activate cameras as ...

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Pipeline tree sitters get jail, fines

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) Two Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters have been sentenced to months in jail and ordered to repay the cost of removing them from tree stands they were chained to along the pipeline’s path. Montgomery County General District Judge Randal ...

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4th Circuit hears challenge to topless ban

(AP) A ban on bare-chested women at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and should be overturned, advocates argued to a federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing ...

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