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Author Archives: The Associated Press

Virginia AG opposes prosecuting women seeking abortions (access required)

Speaking at an annual anti-abortion rally and march in Richmond, Republican Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares said Feb. 1 that he opposes the idea that women should be prosecuted for seeking abortions. “The pro-life message is one of compassion. And ...

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GOP-led panel again defeats campaign finance reform (access required)

A Republican-led Virginia House panel voted down legislation early Feb. 1 that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses such as a vacation, mortgage or country club membership.

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Ex-Ohio speaker’s lawyer questions ‘vibes,’ judge’s fitness (access required)

One of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s lawyers questioned the fitness on Jan. 31 of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black to preside over the Republican’s corruption trial. Attorney Mark Marein raised the issue as the trial of Householder ...

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Virginia’s error leads local schools to overestimate aid (access required)

The Virginia Department of Education acknowledged Jan. 31 that an error in a mathematical formula it provides to local K-12 school divisions led some schools to expect more state funding than they are set to receive. Charles Pyle, a department ...

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Lawmakers shelve bills cutting unemployment appeals times (access required)

Virginia lawmakers have shelved a pair of bills that would have given unemployment claimants half as much time to file an appeal with a state agency still struggling with pandemic-related cases. A Senate panel on Jan. 30 voted unanimously to pass ...

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Ringo the Patrol Pony is ‘mane’ attraction at Virginia Tech (access required)

Students stopped for selfies and to pet the beribboned mane of Ringo the Patrol Pony, mascot for Virginia Tech Police Department, during a weekly walk around the Drillfield. Walks around campus with Ringo are an effort in community police work, ...

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Dismissal of discrimination suit over Columbus Day name change upheld (access required)

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the mayor of Philadelphia discriminated against Italian Americans in renaming the city’s Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. A U.S. District Court ...

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Virginia House GOP votes down gun control measures (access required)

Virginia House Republicans have voted down a range of bills that would have added new restrictions on firearms, including a ban on assault-style weapons, a college campus gun ban and a gun-storage bill that were priorities for Democrats. The Jan. ...

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Virginia Democrats defeat bills limiting abortion access (access required)

A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel defeated several bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state, including a measure that was a priority for Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

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